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    Hostess Tina Williams (right), administrative secretary-INT, presents name tags to (left to right)
Joe Tlirner, flight operations-CLT, and his wife, Doris, at Piedmont’s 11th annual service awards
banquet held in Winston-Salem in August. TVirner, who retired in May with 22 years of service,
was one of the 632 employees honored for service with the company. Fbr more pictures eind cover
age of the banquet, please turn to pages 6-8.
Inventory systems
moves to I NT
As part of the continuing integration
of Piedmont and USAir. USAir will relo
cate its inventory systems department
from Pittsburgh to Winston-Salem.
Piedmont's revenue enhancement de
partment will be integrated with USAir’s
inventory systems department which
will involve nearly 80 positions.
Inventory systems is responsible for
planning the capacity allocation on air
craft which involves booking levels as
well as yield management. Under yield
management the inventory systems
staff determines the number of seats
available on each flight at the various
discount fares.
In addition, the 40 positions in Pied
mont’s pricing department at Winston-
Salem will be consolidated with USAir's
pricing department at DCA headquar
ters. The timing of the relocations has
not yet been determined.
Volume 39, number 7
August 1988
Crew simulates evacuation of 737-400
In a frighteningly realistic simulation of an
evacuation, six Piedmont crew members success
fully evacuated 188 passengers from a 737-400
in 81.5 seconds, 8.5 seconds under the 90 sec
onds required by the Federal Aviation Adminis
tration (FAA).
The simulation took place on a Saturday evening
in late June at the Boeing facilities in Renton,
WA. near Seattle, as part of the certification pro
gram for the 737-400 prior to its delivery in Sep
tember. The evacuation training program itself
was developed in a joint effort by Piedmont and
the FAA and is being used by Boeing and the
FAA in the certification process of the aircraft.
TWelve flight attendants, three first officers, and
three captains along with program coordinators
Greg Gibson, captain-GSO, and Charlie Cross,
director-flight attendant training-INT, spent four
days in preparatory training in Renton prior to
the simulation.
Flight attendants Robin Gantous (MIA), Ken
Hudson (GSO), Tripp Campbell (ORF), and Sue
Sansone (SYR), First Officer Buddy Bond (CLT),
and Captain J.D. Paschal (GSO) were selected at
random to participate in the simulation.
The evacuation simulated adverse conditions.
All cabin lights including floor lights were off
Aisles were littered with baggage. Only half of
the exits were useable and were reduced in size
to the minimum allowed under FAA standards.
Windows were sealed to disorient both the pas
sengers and crew. The 188 passengers represented
a cross section of the passengers one might ex
pect on a typical flight, including a range of age
groups. However, under these conditions the crew
successfully evacuated the plane on their first at
tempt. As the last passenger and crew member
deplaned, passengers and crew along with ob
servers cheered.
Boeing has cited Piedmont and the participants
for their professionalism and assistance with the
training program which will be available to other
airlines. J
Piedmont employees who participated in the 737-400 evacuation training program were: (first
row, 1 to r) Flight attendants Robin Gantous, MIA; Susan Oliver, CLT; Elaine Albritton, ORF; Cam
Hill, GSO; Susan Sansone, SYR; Mary Armstrong, GSO; and Mary Lou Krozack, BWI. Second row:
Kenneth Colston, first officer, 737-CLT^ Greg Gibson, captain, 737-GSO; Larry Annesi, flight
attendant-SYR; Daniel Scola, first officer, 737-CLT; Don Burr, captain, 737-CLT; Conrad Pond,
captain 737-CLT; and John Hurd, flight attendant-BWI. Third row: Tbm Stewart, flight attendant-
MIA; Ken Hudson, flight attendant-GSO; Tripp Campbell, flight attendant-ORF; J.D. Paschal, cap
tain, 737-CLT; Buddy Bond, first officer, 737-CLT; and Charlie Cross, director-flight attendant
training, INT.
Kansas City here we come!
As this issue was going to press, USAir
Group airline partners Piedmont and USAir
Jointly announced new service to Kansas
City, MO, beginning this fall.
On November 1, Piedmont will expand into
its first new system city since Fort Myers was
added last February, with three daily non
stop Boeing 737-200 round-trip services be
tween Kansas City (MCI) and Charlotte,
providing hub connecting access at CLT to
and from 49 other Piedmont destinations
from Boston to Miam.i.
On that same date, USAir will add nonstop
daily service from MCI to LAX. USAir currently
operates six daily flights at MCI, offering non
stop service to PIT, STL and Wichita (ICT).
On December 1, Piedmont will boost its MCI
service by adding a daily Boeing 737-300
round-trip between BWI and SFO, via MCI.

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