PSA Airlines was featured in this month’s Aero Crew News as the Spotlight Story.
The article highlights PSA’s long history, its growth announcement after the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, and its subsequent status as the fastest growing airline in the industry.
PSA’s own Captain Valarie Zimmerman, Lead Pilot Recruiter, then answers questions regarding the entire pilot application, interview, and hiring process, PSA’s hiring increase, and upcoming growth for the company.
Read the article in its entirety at http://www.aerocrewnews.us/acn/10-ACN-Oct-2015.pdf
In honor of PSA’s multiple visits to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University campuses this and next week, PSA First Officer, Pilot Recruiter and ERAU alumnus Blake Ditlow gave us his story of becoming a PSA pilot.
“I came to PSA because I thought it would feel like family,” explains Ditlow. “it was an easy choice after leaving Embry Riddle.” And many ERAU alumni have evidently felt the same. With the CRJ course offered at the school, many students choose to start their career at a regional airline. “They told us, ‘You will be prepared for any airline when you walk out…’ and they were definitely right. Training was not terrible. It was easy, really. And I had five or six friends on the line at PSA that could tell me what to expect. They were like mentors. And all the Check Airmen I had were great.”
Ditlow didn’t take long to move into new opportunities at PSA on top of flying. “When I first saw the pilot recruiter posting, I was in Evansville and it was one o’clock in the morning. I immediately counted my hours, updated my resume and sent in my application that same night. Recruiting makes me happy. To see a recruit excited about the opportunity, sharing flying stories, relating to them… it makes it easy.”
“I tell pilots that we have jets and we have them right now. Growing won’t stop and airplanes won’t stop. You can go to the places dishing out money but you’re going to be there awhile. I’ve had a good experience here. 99.9% of the time I’m working with a crew that’s fun, has stories and has comradery. It’s nothing but a blast… it makes it very easy to recruit for here and nowhere else.”