PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is expanding its pilot bonus program for new-hires to include pilots with Part 91K experience to help ensure it attracts and retains the best and brightest pilots in the regional business. In addition to the $10,000 signing bonus all new-hire pilots receive, PSA now offers up to $5,000 for new-hire pilots who have 1,000 hours of Part 135, Part 121, or Part 91K experience, or any combination of the three.
PSA’s existing industry-leading employment opportunity offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry with rapid advancement opportunities and an unmatched pilot flow through program to the largest airline in the world – American Airlines. PSA is a healthy and stable carrier with a defined and committed fleet and growth plan and the airline plays a vital role in American’s long-term regional network. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and now operated more than 100 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 regional jets.
DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines is hosting a job fair on April 30, 2016 to meet with eligible candidates for 70 open positions in Dayton to help support the immense growth the airline has seen over the past 18 months. The job fair will take place at PSA’s Training Center in Vandalia, Ohio. Recruiters will be on site to meet with potential candidates for open positions including frontline positions such as pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, as well as management and support positions in flight operations, maintenance and engineering, planning, and IT.
Dayton Job Fair Event Details
When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time
Where: PSA Training Center, 3300 Terminal Dr., Vandalia, OH 45377
PSA is the fastest growing regional carrier under the American Eagle brand. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and will grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft over the next two years. As a result of this growth, PSA has expanded it Dayton-based its facilities, including a new maintenance hangar opening later this summer. The new 77,000 square foot hangar is adjacent to PSA’s current maintenance hangar located at the Dayton International Airport and will be the airline’s largest aircraft maintenance support facility the company operates. Nearly half of the open positions PSA has open in Dayton will be supporting the work at this state-of-the-art facility.
In addition to its open maintenance positions, PSA is recruiting the best and the brightest pilots. PSA gives its pilots advancement opportunities few other regionals can match – the most significant being seniority-based flow through that creates a direct career path from PSA to American Airlines – the world’s largest airline. PSA’s future offers even more comprehensive benefits to new pilots, including an up to $15,000 sign-on bonus; fast upgrade time and flow to American; a well-established pilot training cadre offers fully-subsidized ATP-CTP course certification enabling new pilots to immediately join the next First Officer class; the most flexible scheduling capabilities in the regional airline business; and reduced reserve time for first officers and captains.
Other benefits included as part of the open positions available in Dayton include a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive wages, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) and profit-sharing. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, employees have non-revenue travel benefits across the entire American network which offers nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s more than 2,400 employees operate nearly 700 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft and 45 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft. The airline expects to add an additional 50 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, tripling its fleet size and employee base since the airline’s growth plan was announced in December 2013.
With an outdated training computer lab, PSA was looking for a major makeover when it came to their new training solution. The Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite for the CRJ 700/900 was the solution they had been seeking and more.
Prior to the Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite, PSA employed a desktop computer based training program that was 15 years old. PSA Pilots were required to spend at least 20 hours on-site at the training facility’s computer lab to complete the training. This training had known errors and was extremely difficult and time consuming to update, and work around.
PSA was also looking to deploy iPads into its training footprint and needed a solution that would be compatible with that platform. They understood the value of the pilots being able access the content outside of the classroom in a learning environment most conducive for them. As well as the importance of providing the opportunity for the pilots to go through the training at their own pace and review the content as necessary.
With the tremendous growth that PSA had undergone, it has also increased the amount of training conducted. PSA needed to incorporate a scalable solution that would not only improve the quality of training, but make it more efficient.
With the incorporation of ETHOS, PSA was able to overcome their challenges and meet its desired needs. PSA chose some additional options that included the fully free-play Flight Management Systems Trainer (FMST) and a customized ACARS Trainer.
“This product was a multifaceted solution for PSA because of the suite of applications. The Systems Training, FMS and ACARS Trainer and the Cockpit Familiarization tool all have significant positive impacts on how our pilots study and train. The FMS free-play program gives pilots the opportunity to practice FMS programming, allowing them the extra practice needed to become proficient with this critical skill.”
– Lucas Bowden, PSA Ground Training Supervisor
Since the legacy training product was so difficult to update, it was important that a new solution could overcome this with simple and easy updates. ETHOS provides PSA the ability to push new updates to each device when they become available which reduces the burden on the training department and ensures that the pilots are accessing the most current, up-to-date content.
ETHOS content is deployed both online and via an application on the iPad. Pilots can access ETHOS via the iPad with or without Wi-Fi while still enabling their progress to be tracked via the Aerosim Learning Management System.
“The ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite has allowed PSA pilots the flexibility to study and review aircraft systems at their own pace, when and where they want. With the mobile platform, pilots can study virtually anywhere they feel comfortable.”
– Lucas Bowden, PSA Ground Training Supervisor
Since the implementation of ETHOS , PSA has seen a benefit from the FMST offering that they had not previously expected. Because the FMST is offered on the iPad, it has now become invaluable to them. With increased amount of training that PSA now conducts, the time with FMS trainers is limited as the physical FMS CDUs are very expensive. Pilots can practice FMS programming at any time within the ETHOS application on their company issued iPads. Due to the positive feedback from pilots, PSA is currently reviewing additional Aerosim solutions to implement.
The ETHOS Training Suite allows me to study away from the training center and allows me to better manage my study habits.
– Jim, PSA Pilot
In addition, after training, pilots can continue to access the Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite to continue to review the training content, either on an iPad or online. Due to the positive feedback from pilots who have used ETHOS and the resulting more efficient and effective training footprint, PSA is currently reviewing additional Aerosim solutions to implement.
The ETHOS System is broken into logical modules and is much easier to retain.
– Dean, PSA Pilot
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group and operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s more than 2,400 employees operate nearly 600 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. As of year-end 2015, PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ 700 Aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen Aircraft.
About Aerosim Technologies, Inc
Aerosim delivers leading edge training services and technologies that provide value through customized training solutions. The company is dedicated to innovation that is supported by a strong foundation of simulation-based training products in use with commercial air carriers and training organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Burnsville, MN, Aerosim has three major focus areas that include: Primary Pilot Training through Certified Flight Instructor at Aerosim Flight Academy, type rating services for initial and recurrent training through Aerosim Training Solutions and simulation-based technologies provided by Aerosim Technologies, which supports pilot training curriculums.
This article is cross-posted on Aerosim.com.
PSA Airlines is putting electronic flight plans, weather updates, schedule changes and more right in its pilots’ hands with its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program. An EFB, which replaces more than 35 pounds of paper-based reference material and manuals that pilots often carried in their carry-on kitbag, offers numerous benefits for PSA and its pilots. The project is another example of how PSA airlines is looking to the future to incorporate new and exciting ways to bring technology to the forefront of the way they handle day-to-day business.
With EFBs, pilots can view detailed weather, route and airport information. Aircraft manuals and company documents can be easily accessed and searched in electronic format. Simple interfaces will ensure that all material on the device can easily be updated with the most current approved versions. All EFBs will have 4G LTE connectivity on the ground, and pilots can save information for easy access while in the air. This upgrade will put mainline pilots at American Airlines and its wholly owned regional pilots on a common software system.
PSA Director of Training Darren Hall said, “The implementation of the EFB program is a positive step forward for PSA and our pilot group. The requirement for tedious manual revision and lugging a heavy flight bag through the airport is a thing of the past for our flight crew. The company also benefits with electronic means to remain in regulatory compliance, reduced basic operating weight, and more efficient communications.”
Forty PSA pilots have already received fully-configured Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, as part of a test program. The feedback from these pilots will be used to validate the program and receive final FAA authorization later this year.
The move to EFBs is a cost-saving measure for PSA and its parent company, American Airlines. With the iPad replacing the weight of the manuals and luggage, the program helps save on fuel.
PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is expanding its bonus program for new-hire pilots. In addition to the $10,000 signing bonus all new-hire pilots receive, PSA will now offer up to $5,000 for new-hire pilots who have 1,000 hours of Part 135, Part 121 or any combination of the two.
PSA is committed to remaining competitive in the dynamic regional marketplace and the expansion of its bonus program to provide additional benefits to pilots with Part 135 experience helps ensure it attracts and retains the best and brightest pilots in the regional business.
PSA’s existing industry-leading employment opportunity offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry with rapid advancement opportunities and an unmatched pilot flow through program to the largest airline in the world – American Airlines. PSA is a healthy and stable carrier with a defined fleet and growth plan and the airline plays a vital role in American’s long-term regional network. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and now operates 106 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 regional jets.