Piedmont Hiring!

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Piedmont Airlines (USAirways Express) Is Hiring 75 new FO's by April! Good news for people stuck on the outside. Company is growing dramatically ordering a lot of new planes and picking up a lot of new routes from mainline USAirways.
 

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Jets

Jets at piedmont has been a hot topic within the company recently. All of the wholly owned Express carriers (Piedmont, Allegany, PSA) have joined forces to fight the Mainline pilot union who is currently keeping them from getting jets. Progress on the matter seems to be in site but i wouldn't expect to see one till the end of 2002 at least.
 

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More Questions

Thanks for replying.

Can you please post what Piedmont's pay scale is? And about how it is to fly for them? Also, is it hard to hold a Florida base as a new hire?

Thanks a lot.
 

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Life at Piedmont

I gotta say life here is good. Pay for the first year here is $24,000 min but most make around $31,000. It doesn't go up as fast as a lot of other regionals but at least your living on more than McDonalds in come during probation. It is hard to get a Florida base in the your first bid but not impossible. Two peole out of the ten I started with got a Florida base. They are also opening a new crew base in Roanoke in Feb. Skeduales are good and the people you work with are great. I would recomend it as a great first airline. Downs, longer upgrade time, no jets (yet), being a wholly owned you have to put up with what Mainline wants
 

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Use to work at Piedmont. It's a great company to work for. Their only downfall is their affiliation with Mainline USAIR. Jets may be in discussion but I wouldn't hold your breath. That rumor's been around for a long time. Good for them if it comes true. What's this about aircraft orders? Are you referring to the Shuttle America 300's?

On the upside the Dash is a great airplane, the flying is plentiful, and the crews know how to have fun. You can't beat the pay and the chance to fly to the FL. Keys. Upgrade may take awhile but its like that everywhere now. Guys, get comfortable, as of now, we're all in it for the long haul. Good Luck PDT pilots, hope the effort pays off!

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Another former PDT... I agree with 45000BTU's assesment of the company...

Mainline is a bear to deal with and they are as cheap as they come.

Fl bases for the new hire... it depends on how many upgrade from a FL base. I got TPA right out of class, otherwise count on a good 3-6 months but it is possible.

Dash is a good aircraft and you cannot beat the $$$ with decent work rules.

Downside, getting jet's, and some of the equipment is getting up there in years.

Upgrade is 2 1/2 years and has been that way for about a year now. I would think PDT will grow and continue to do so, I am not too sure about Airways though, they are not the most stable of companies right now.
Lines... about mid 80's with 12 + off

Best of luck to all
 

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I would LOVE to get hired by Piedmont. I've been sending my resume to them since the spring and haven't ever heard anything. Is it easier to get based at ORF or SBY? I live in VA and would hate to end up based in FL. Also, I know this is a stupid question, so please forgive my ignorance, as this is something I know I should know already, but if USA goes under, would the other three cease to exsist? I mean, should I keep trying to get hired by them if they are just going to die within a couple of years? Please don't flame me for not knowing this kind of stuff, I'm still new to the whole airline thing... And I guess I should know in case some day they actually call me... Thanks to anybody who answers!
 

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ORF or SBY Hmmmm..... Not Sure, I would say equally easy, but it just depends on what is open. Sounds like Roanoke is becoming a new base so who knows? As far as the future of Piedmont? Anyones guess. When the whole USAir/UAL thing was going on, sounded as though they would become ACA. If you asked anyone at Piedmont, they'd tell you they could stand alone if they had too. I've heard that Piedmont and the rest of the whollyowneds are what kept UsAirways afloat for so long. Flying an empty 737 from CLT to GSO sure wasn't making them the big bucks! Time will tell. I will say this. The planes and the routes are attractive to anyone who would buy UsAirways but the cost of labor could be hard to swallow. UsAirways owns Piedmont so they hold the answer. I'd go for it anyway. Atleast you'll build some quality time in a decent a/c (bigger than B1900) and you may get lucky if they are bought out. Maybe in the integration of seniority lists, you'll end up becoming more senior to some poor guy at the carrier that acquires them. Good Luck to ya!

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Junior Bases

Currently the most junior bases are EWN and ORF. ORF takes a lot of people being a double domicile. Newport News and Norfolk. Rumor has it that there won't be any forced relocations to Roanoke. They have had enough volenteer to fill it. If your tring to get in to ORF, CHO, SBY, or EWN you have good chances.
 

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Piedmont is a great place to be but if you are also interested Allegheny is also starting to hire again possibly in Dec and Jan. We are in the process of getting more aircraft and new routes (old USAir routes). Also there is a rumor that upgrades are going to start again with a big class in Jan. Our work rules and pay are very similar to Piedmonts but our bases are not as nice, Syracuse NY for example. Pigs will fly here before mainline MEC allows us to fly jets. Like everyone says the Dash is a great airplane, it has an autopilot, APU, and a coke machine with legs.
 

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Piedmont address

Hey Dashdriver, would you mind fwding piedmont's address or pax # to me please.

safe flying and may the tail win Gods be with ya.
 

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Contacting Piedmont

You can get all of the info you need at www.piedmont-airlines.com in the corperate section. Send resume to Robert "Bob" Trout. He is the corperate recruiter. They like to see a four year degree, especially if you are from UND or Purdue. Time for hiring is going to range on the type of experiance you have. 100 multi was the golden number before the attacks. it might be higher now. They have been known to trade lower multi for higher total. But anything could happen. I got a class date with 575 total and 109 multi.
 

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Actual IFR

According to Piedmont's website, they require 125 Actual IFR; and PSA rquires 100.

How strict are they at that minimum? I think that it's hard to get that time, especially flying in Florida. I have over 1200 hours and try to fly as often as I can under actual, but still I only have under 50 hours actual. I have a lot of hood time and FTD time, though.
 

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Actual IFR

I know this is a Piedmont thread but..

To answer MasterFly's question about actual IFR time. At PSA I was hired with less actual than you have and about 100 hours of instrument time (actual and hood). They would prefer 100 actual but they will take other experiences into account.

Where I come from actual IFR is really hard to come by so I feel your pain.

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Actual

At Piedmonts site along with all others they put what they would idealy like to see. In all reason they have no chance on getting it. I was hired with about 45-50 actual. They do like to see instrument experiance though and will take sim and hood time as subs. I did here today that if you are furloughed they want to see proof of resignation from former company before you start class.
 

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In my class (albeit 9 months ago), we had alot of variety in times, a few had more than minimums, but most had less. PDT looks at the quality of time versus the total time. This I believe was an actual quote from Bob Trout. Just because you may be less in one area does not disqualify you. Disqualifiers are more likely no formal education or sporadic flying. Your resume show commitment and meets some of the requirement you have a good shot at an interview.

Too add... IN my interview group, the comment made was they get 75 plus resumes a week, from that they take the top 10% they "FEEL" can complete the program and offer an interview. So if you are offered an interview you have already passed one of the biggest hurdles, the next will be the psych test.

Good luck regardless and go for the interview...
 

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TO Piedmont employees:

Can anyone give me an average time from resume submit, to interview date , to class date?

thanks. :D
 
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