The Faces of PSA – Meet Gary Pratt

Gary Pratt with Kevin Reinhalter

Gary Pratt (left) shaking hands with former VP of Maintenance and Engineering Kevin Reinhalter.

Title: Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering

How long have you worked for PSA? 4 wonderful weeks.

How long have you been in the airline industry and what jobs have you done? I have worked in the industry since I graduated from Southern Illinois University. I spent the first 22 years with Delta. I did my best to work as many different positions as possible to learn all aspects of the maintenance business. Sheet metal mechanic in overhaul, line maintenance, maintenance control, regulatory programs, fleet analyst. My love has always been with line maintenance. New and different challenges every day. The second chapter of my career was with Air Wisconsin. I was hired in as the Director of Maintenance and escalated to VP of Maintenance & Engineering. Great company and great people at AWAC but PSA possesses high energy and significant growth opportunities.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am ultimately responsible for providing every PSA employee and American Airlines customer a safe, airworthy, and comfortable aircraft. Our flight and Inflight crews deserve a clean and functional work environment and our passengers demand a great flying experience. My objective is to accomplish this by collaborating with my team to develop and implement strategies for continual improvement. Another responsibility of my role is to create long-term initiatives based on forecasting models that will result in financial stability and top performance. I take this responsibility seriously as the end result certainly benefits our employees, customers, and shareholders.

What do you think PSA is best known for? “The Little Engine that Could.” When you look back at PSA’s challenged history and see where we are today, there is nothing that can or will stop the committed employees of PSA.

Why did you choose PSA? To be a team member of a growing company with endless opportunities. Every employee should feel that their career is in their hands which is a great place to be at the start of the day. Should they choose to be committed and not simply a contributor, there is no limit to where their efforts will take them within our company.

Why would you recommend PSA? The energy and fast-paced environment that is within PSA is contagious and something many people seek. It fulfills the soul and sends you home at the end of the day with a sense of accomplishment.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Probably Croatia. Absolutely beautiful country with a significant history, wonderful people, and fabulous food.

What are some of your hobbies? I spend most of my free time running or working around the house. I am a mechanic at heart so fixing and improving things is a passion. When I am not training for a race or fixing something, you can find me cruising the less traveled roads on my Harley (Davidson motorcycle).

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Creating a work environment where all employees can feel a sense of ownership and success is just as critical as producing safe and reliable aircraft.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? So far, it has been meeting and interacting with many great people at PSA. I am extremely fortunate to have a staff that is both dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. I am very anxious to see what’s around the corner.

Tell us something no one else knows about you: When I was working towards my private pilots license during college, I couldn’t stop myself from feeling nauseous every time I flew so I quit that endeavor. Not to mention, my depth perception was so bad I never had a totally successful landing.