The Faces of PSA – Meet Carol Hampton

Carol HamptonTitle: Inflight Supervisor

How long have you worked for PSA? I have been with PSA for one year.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Everything I know about the airline industry is through my experience at PSA. I started as a flight attendant and was promoted after seven months to a supervisor.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am a supervisor of inflight services. I oversee the daily flight operations and performance of the flight attendants.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Jamaica. I was born and raised there, but visited the USA often after high school and decided to migrate.

What are some of your hobbies? I love riding my bicycle and playing tennis. I love going to museums and art exhibits and I am an avid movie-goer.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a flight attendant but my mother convinced me to go to college. I came to the USA to go to college and dropped out to become a realtor and now, here I am, an inflight supervisor.

What brought you to PSA? Fate. I had no idea who PSA was or what a regional carrier was. I decided to pursue a career in aviation and heard about the open house and there I was interviewing for the job.

What do you love about working for PSA? PSA is a family. The environment is fast pace and consistently changing while being in balance with stability and consistency. A typical day in a family.

Why would you recommend PSA? I would recommend PSA because this company allows you to learn about all aspects of the airline industry. The company is growing at a quick pace so there are so many opportunities to experience different aspects of this business while pursuing a career.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: What a great job I have! People don’t know how much the inflight supervisors impact the business.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Working with the flight attendants one-on-one. The diversity of the inflight staff allows creative personal experience with each person.

Was it tough moving into a supervisory position after being in the aviation industry a short time? No, it wasn’t. The management piece was there due to my years of management experience. There was some corporate culture differences but I am an adaptable person, so I adapted very well. I do love my job as an inflight supervisor and plan to be here. The diversity of the employees makes it not only challenging, but interesting to be at work every day.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I started and worked for Trump Realty as a broker in charge. I was a Miss Jamaica USA contestant and was 1st runner-up.

The Faces of PSA – Meet Chris Sailer

Chris Sailer Presidents Award

PSA President Dion Flannery (left) and Vice President of Safety Randy Fusi (right) presenting Chris Sailer (center) with the Presidents Award.

Title: Manager Safety Department

How long have you worked for PSA? I have worked at PSA Airlines for just over 3 years. I started at the company prior to all of the growth as a Safety Intern. I worked as an Intern for several months before becoming the Safety Analyst and then the Safety Manager.

How long have you been in the airline industry? I have been in the Airline Industry with PSA Airlines since 2013.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I currently manage the Safety Department at PSA Airlines. This includes oversight of the voluntarily Safety Programs, as well as the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) for Pilots, Mechanics and Dispatchers. This program is a voluntary reporting system which allows employees to report hazards to the company. This program alone receives well over 2,200 reports each year. Other programs I oversee are the Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program, which analyzes flight data from the airplanes, the Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) for both Pilots and Flight Attendants, the Line Operation Safety Audit (LOSA) program and PSA’s Emergency Response program.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? One of the greatest benefits of working at an airline, in my opinion, is the travel. I have always dreamed of traveling the world and now I am able to. I have travelled quite a bit over the past three years, including trips to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and several trips around the continental United States. Out of all of the places that I have traveled to so far, my favorite is definitely Alaska. Alaska is the most amazing place I have ever been and I look forward to going back.

What are some of your hobbies? I have several hobbies outside of work. I am a pilot and enjoy flying as much as I can. This includes some flight instruction and leisure flying on the weekends to build more flight hours. I also enjoy most all of the high adventure sports like hiking, boating, snow skiing, traveling, riding horses and many more.

What do you love about working for PSA? Definitely the people at PSA. I enjoy the family atmosphere that PSA has been able to maintain throughout all of the growth.

Why would you recommend PSA? I would absolutely recommend PSA to anyone looking for a career in Aviation. PSA is tripling in size and hiring lots of talented people. It is very exciting to be a part of a company that is growing so rapidly. PSA is an excellent company to work for and they reward hard work.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: In my role as the Safety Manager I get to interact with most of the departments at PSA. I work closely with almost every department which allows me to interact with more people and gain a better understanding of each department’s processes/procedures.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of the job is definitely the feeling of making a difference. Each day, the Safety Department works hard to make PSA a better, safer place to work for all employees. We analyze thousands of reports and identify areas where we can improve. We work with all of the Departments at the Airline each day to make PSA a better place to work.

Tell us something no one know about you: My goal since I was young was always to fly. I soloed a Piper Cub days after my 16th birthday and received my Private Pilot’s licenses on my 17th birthday. Since then, I worked on getting all of the required pilot ratings as quickly as I could. Now, I am trying to build the 1,500 hours of required flight time as quickly as I can to become certified at PSA.

PSA Airlines To Open New Maintenance Facility At Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

GLINTstudios_Mindsalt_PSAairlines_01970DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines today announced its plans to open a full-service maintenance facility at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) later this year. PSA’s immense fleet expansion necessitates additional locations to support the maintenance and reliability of its growing fleet. In addition to this new facility in GSP, PSA has maintenance facilities at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size from 49 aircraft to 115 aircraft this month and will continue to grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft.

“The location of the GSP facility is ideal for PSA Airlines as it is quite close to our largest hub operation at CLT and will afford unparalleled opportunities to attain synergies that can help mitigate operating costs,” said Kevin Reinhalter, Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering, PSA Airlines. “GSP is a natural and cost-effective place for our aircraft to undergo overnight maintenance, given where American deploys our aircraft throughout their network. We are excited about the bright future of this maintenance facility and the positive impact it will have on the reliability of our operation for years to come.”

The 45,000-square-foot facility at GSP was an efficient choice for PSA and with an existing building already in place, it allows the airline to make only modest improvements such as administrative offices and support space. The airline will be hiring a full staff of maintenance and engineering professionals including leadership, technicians and stores personal. PSA plans to employ approximately 50 employees at the new facility. The appeal of the Greensville-Spartanburg area is instrumental in helping PSA attract a skilled and talented workforce.

PSA expects to open the facility sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. For more information about the positions PSA will be filling at its GSP facility, please visit www.psaairlines.com/careers.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 2,500 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 CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, bringing its fleet count to 150.

PSA Airlines Makes Two New Executive Appointments To Its Leadership Team

DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines has appointed two new officers to its executive leadership team. Both positions will report directly to PSA President, Dion Flannery.

Gary Pratt, Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering
Gary Pratt joins PSA Airlines as Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering. With nearly 30 years of commercial aviation experience, Pratt started his career as an aircraft technician with Delta Air Lines, where he served the majority of his career in various management positions in the maintenance organization. He joins the PSA team from Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where he most recently served as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. In his role, Pratt will oversee all of the operations and administration of the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Department. Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Pratt is succeeding Kevin Reinhalter, who is retiring from PSA after 14 years with the airline.

Margaret Soda, Vice President – Human Resources
Margaret Soda has been appointed to Vice President – Human Resources and will oversee all functions of the department, including employee relations, recruiting, compensation, benefits, retirement programs, internal and external communications, and community relations. Soda joins PSA Airlines from Clearwater Paper where she oversaw human resources for the company’s Neenah, Wisconsin facility. She has 14 years of human resources experience, including human resources management at ConAgra Foods and seven years at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where she held the Managing Director of Human Resources position. Soda earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

“Gary and Margaret represent the talent that PSA is looking for to lead our airline into the future,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “They are highly respected individuals in the aviation industry and PSA is thrilled to have them as part of our team.”

About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 2,500 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 CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 53 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, bringing its fleet count to 150.