On Wednesday, December 16, the Federal Aviation Administration visited the PSA Airlines Maintenance Facility in Dayton, Ohio to present Sam “Sammy” Goforth, an Airframe/Powerplant Technician, with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Sam was awarded a certificate and a lapel pin.
This prestigious award recognizes Sam’s achievements of having over 60 years working in the aviation industry, ranging from serving in the United States Air Force to currently working as a Technician for PSA since 2006.
“The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.” (Retrieved from https://www.faasafety.gov/content/MasterMechanic/)
Friends, family and colleagues were gathered together to celebrate.
“Sammy is very well respected by his peers as evidenced by the number of co-workers that came out to celebrate the presentation of his Charles Taylor award on their day off,” said Robert Sweet, Maintenance Training Instructor at PSA. “Contributing greatly to this respect has been Sammy’s willingness to mentor our newer employees, myself included, and his strong personal work ethic he demonstrates on a nightly basis.”
To commemorate the evening, Sam’s fellow mechanics presented him with a set of gold plated wrenches.
“We believe the addition of the $5,000 sign-on bonus enhances PSA’s already industry leading benefits package, which includes fast upgrades, the most flexible scheduling capabilities in the regional business and an industry leading pilot flow program agreement where our pilots have a career path directly to American Airlines, the largest airline in the world,” said Michael Scrobola, Vice President of Flight Operations for PSA.
With 55 aircraft remaining to be delivered, PSA is the fastest growing regional airline in the United States. PSA is hiring over 1,000 pilots this year and next, with an annual need of more than 350 pilots thereafter. We believe this sign-on bonus program will enhance our ability to recruit the finest aviation professionals in the industry.
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President Dion Flannery was recently featured on the cover of the Dayton Business Journal on November 13, 2015. Dion discusses the growth strategy of the Dayton-based PSA Airlines that oversees 2,500 workers and is the only Ohio-based airline in expansion mode.
The city-owned Dayton International Airport is building a new maintenance hangar for PSA following the opening of a new control center operations their earlier this year. PSA also will open a crew base at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport in January 2016 and is working to open a new maintenance base as well. In addition to Dayton, Cincinnati and Charlotte, PSA has a major flight crew bases in Knoxville, Tenn. and maintenance facilities in Akron. Due to this growth, PSA is recruiting pilots and flight attendants.
Yesterday, PSA-ALPA MEC Chairman Jason McConnell and PSA President Dion Flannery signed the new Pilot Flow-up Procedure Letter of Agreement. Also joining them for the signing was PSA Negotiating Committee Chairman Robert Hamilton.
“We are pleased that we were able to reach this new agreement with our pilots that places into effect a new, streamlined path to American Airlines.”, said Mr. Flannery. He added, “We appreciate the leadership shown by ALPA and the support of the pilots helping make us the only regional airline that is growing and flowing.”
The new agreement increases the number of pilots that flow to new pilot positions at American and removes many of the procedural issues normally required when applying for a pilot job at a mainline carrier.
With this agreement, a pilot who is embarking on a career with PSA now has a clear path to a pilot position with American, the largest airline in world. Learn more about becoming a PSA Airlines pilot.
Today, PSA Airlines reached agreement with its pilot union to dramatically improve and increase its pilot flow-through program to American Airlines. This agreement will almost double the current number of pilots flowing to American, culminating in nearly 100 pilots flowing per year. The agreement affords PSA pilots a career path directly to American through a seniority-based flow system.
“We are pleased that our pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, have voted in favor of this improved flow agreement,” said Michael Scrobola, Vice President of Flight Operations for PSA Airlines. “This agreement provides pilots who join PSA a guaranteed career path to the world’s largest airline, American.”
Captain Jason McConnell, Master Chairman representing the pilots at PSA Airlines stated “The direct flow to American Airlines gives PSA pilots valuable career path certainty.”
PSA Airline will hire more than 1000 pilots in the next two years and continues to be the fastest growing regional airline in the United States.