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Adjusting the path to fulfill the aviation dream

First Officer Dane DiPaolo knows how to fly an airplane but as a former flight attendant, he also understands what occurs on the other side of the flight deck door. “As a pilot and former flight attendant, I know how to operate the plane from the front and how to take care of customers in …
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Finding a place to soar at Piedmont

After high school, Piedmont Crew Scheduling Supervisor Savannah Parsons didn’t have a career plan other than to secure full-time employment. When she came across a job posting for a cross-trained agent at the Salisbury Airport (SBY), she thought working in the aviation industry sounded interesting. Starting as an agent with Piedmont provided Savannah the foundation …
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Turning a dream of flying into a reality

Growing up in Ecuador and New York City, First Officer Carlos Cabrera is proud of his Ecuadorian roots. He celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to honor Hispanic culture and the contributions made by Hispanic people. Whether he is attending festivals in the Charlotte area where he lives or traveling to his old neighborhood in New York, …
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Training aviators as a Direct Entry Captain

Captain Marie Davis saw the quality of Piedmont’s flight training in the pilots she trained in the simulator at American Airlines. When American’s Flight Training department was forecasted to relocate from Charlotte, North Carolina to Dallas, Texas, Marie joined Piedmont as a Direct Entry Captain and E145 simulator instructor. “While training pilots at American, the …
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Piedmont Airlines announces employment relief for ExpressJet pilots under distressed carrier contract provisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 25, 2022 Seniority list pilots given longevity credit, bonuses and hire dates SALISBURY, Maryland– Piedmont Airlines announced today that it will provide employment relief to seniority list pilots at now-defunct ExpressJet Airlines under Piedmont’s “distressed carrier” provision in its ALPA-negotiated pilot contract. The language, added to Piedmont’s pilot contract in …
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Full circle: returning to Piedmont as a Direct Entry Captain

Captain Debbie Giaconia was very close to upgrading to Captain when 9/11 altered her career path and aviation history. As a result of the reduction in flying and nature of the industry, she left Piedmont Airlines as a pilot to focus on starting a family. Twenty years and six children later, another crisis led Debbie …
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5 Reasons to Join the Aviation Industry on National Aviation Day

August 19 is National Aviation Day – designated on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to celebrate the development of flight. National Aviation Day recognizes a historical milestone while inspiring future generations of aviators and general admirers. Aviation tells people the sky’s the limit, your professional career should have no absolute ceiling. As the sky …
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Moving up with two feet on the ground

After five years of flying around the world for an international airline, Inflight Supervisor Elena Savu decided to pursue an aviation career on the ground. She moved to the United States to pursue an airline career at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) where she worked her way up from being a customer service agent to …
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The small airline with big opportunities

Prior to joining Piedmont Airlines, Dispatch Coordinator Kevin Driscoll had only flown once, didn’t have an interest in airplanes and wasn’t an aviation enthusiast. He was a retired correctional officer seeking a new career where he could utilize his problem-solving and communication skills in a fast-paced environment. Kevin joined Piedmont as a crew scheduler and …
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From below to above the wing and beyond

From working in the hangar to the flight deck, First Officer Dean Durbin was maintaining aircraft long before he decided to pursue flying one. His previous experience as an aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) in both the military and with commercial airlines benefits him as a pilot. Growing up near Baltimore, Maryland, Dean’s father was mechanically …
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