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Running to remember

Mother’s Day is difficult for Lynchburg, Virginia (LYH) General Manager Gaynor Drablos. In June 2019, Gaynor’s 27-year-old son Joshua was killed in a skydiving accident. Although Gaynor perseveres through her loss, she credits her team members at her station for supporting her grief journey inside and outside of work. “After my son was killed in …
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Managing Motherhood: Time Together is the Treasure

Every Tuesday morning, Charlotte Inflight Supervisor Amanda Wilson says goodbye to her husband and three-year-old son to commute from her home in Charlottesville, Virginia to her job in Charlotte. As a mother who works away from home five days a week, Amanda finds success managing a balance between raising her son and working in a …
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The Best Cadet Contract in The Industry, Just Got Better

Now Offers $30,000 Bonus and A Career Path to American Airlines Piedmont Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, is proud to offer prospective Pilots selected for the Cadet Program a $30,000 bonus and a guaranteed career path to the world’s largest airline. For most pilots coming out of flight school, building flight time is long …
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Bringing a wealth of experience as a Direct Entry Captain

During a conversation with Piedmont’s Flight Training department, Captain Peter Ische learned that Piedmont was hiring Direct Entry Captains and was encouraged to consider the opportunity. After 17 years of flying for the same airline, he decided to leave his seniority behind and join a company with more stability. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Peter …
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Celebrating National Volunteer Month: Giving back to aviation and beyond

For over 40 years, DCA Duty Manager Mitchell Segermeister has been actively serving as a volunteer in the communities of Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C. “It feels good to do good,” says Mitchell proudly. “Volunteering puts you in a good spirit where you’re in a good environment with good people.” He has volunteered numerous hours, …
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Behind the Wings: Finding your own way

Quality Control Inspector Kelly Ferry was the only female mechanic at Piedmont’s Richmond maintenance base when she started in April 2017. Since then, her only regret was not considering a career in aviation maintenance when she was younger. At age 33, she obtained her Airframe and Powerplant license, joined Piedmont and thrived in navigating her …
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Gaining knowledge of airline operations while climbing the career ladder

Dispatch Supervisor Kate Pennewell has worked in crew scheduling, maintenance planning and dispatch to progress her career with Piedmont Airlines. In each role, she gained knowledge of airline operations which helped her to become successful in her current role. Kate is originally from a small town near Salisbury, Maryland, but she left the area to …
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Behind the Wings: Living the American dream

In Bulgaria, First Officer Petya Sheeva couldn’t work as a pilot because general aviation was non-existent, and her country’s military only accepted male pilots. With little money and not knowing anyone, she left her home country at age 23 to pursue her dream of flying in the United States. Petya worked multiple jobs to earn …
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On the Grow from Ground Handling to Dispatch

Piedmont Dispatcher Kaci Risser began her career in Ground Handling. However, when an opportunity arose to join the Dispatch department, she jumped at the chance to advance her career and learn more about the operation. After earning a scholarship from the company, Kaci became a flight dispatcher. In her new role, she has the opportunity …
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