PSA Airlines to Open New Maintenance Base Operation at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

website news release imageDAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, today announced its plans to open a new maintenance base operation at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). PSA’s immense fleet expansion necessitates additional locations to support the maintenance and reliability of its growing fleet. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size from 49 aircraft to 123 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft. In addition to this new operation in SAV, PSA has maintenance bases at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). The airline recently announced a maintenance base at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) opening in January 2018.

“We are excited about the bright future of this additional maintenance base and the positive impact it will have on the reliability of our operation for years to come,” said Gary Pratt, Vice President – Maintenance & Engineering, PSA Airlines. “SAV is a well-supported market for our parent company, American Airlines, and makes for a strategic addition to PSA Airlines’ portfolio of maintenance facilities.”

PSA plans to initially employ 31 team members to include mechanics, leads, inspectors and stores personnel. The appeal of the Savannah area is instrumental in helping PSA attract a skilled and talented workforce.

PSA expects to open the maintenance operation in April 2018. For more information about the positions PSA will be filling at its SAV base operation, 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 3,500 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, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 34 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

Faces of PSA – Meet Tony and Cherrie Dippolito

Tony and Cherrie DippolitoName: Tony and Cherrie Dippolito   

Title: Tony: Maintenance Control Supervisor

Cherrie: Crew Scheduling Shift Supervisor

How long have you worked for PSA? Tony: 27 years

Cherrie: 10 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Tony: 27 Years

Cherrie: 10 Years

Where did you work before PSA? Tony: Landscaping

Cherrie: The mortgage industry

What brought you to PSA? Tony: School – Placement from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Cherrie: My Husband

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Tony: Supervise Maintenance Controllers

Cherrie: I work with the schedulers and coordinators on a daily basis, also working with the crew members on their schedules.

What made you want to get into aviation? Tony: I have always been mechanically inclined and interested in aviation.

Cherrie: I had been in the mortgage industry for 17 years and I wanted to do something different and a fresh start. My husband encouraged me to apply for the crew scheduling position.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Tony: Keeping the aircrafts safe and with on-time departures, also working through problems as they come up.

Cherrie: The unknown, especially during irregular operations. You are working nonstop to cover trips and handling cancels and making sure the crew members are where they need to be.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Both: Walt Disney World

What are some of your hobbies? Tony: Photography and camping.

Cherrie: I love to read, when I have time. I also love camping and riding our motorcycle, as well as drawing and sketching.

What do you love about working for PSA? Tony: The everyday challenges and the people I get to work with.

Cherrie: I love working with crews. I also enjoy working with new schedulers and with them, helping them with their jobs.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Tony: Yes, it’s a great place to work, that will challenge you on a daily basis, and growing into a bigger and better airline everyday.

Cherrie: Definitely. PSA gives a wonderful opportunity to start in aviation, or make a career of it.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Tony: Growing with the company.

Cherrie: Working through the everyday challenges of my job and watching new schedulers grow and develop.

Tell us something no one knows about you: Tony: I like to bake and cook.

Cherrie: I love to go shooting and archery.

PSA Appoints Michael Bruhn as Vice President of Finance

C171019-PSA-201PSA Airlines announced today that Michael Bruhn has been promoted to Vice President of Finance. Bruhn will continue to report to President, Dion Flannery. In addition to his current responsibilities of overseeing the finance organization, he will assume leadership of a portion of the expanding Supply Chain organization at PSA.

“We are thrilled to announce Michael’s promotion to Vice President of Finance,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “His passionate, collaborative, and professional approach are a welcome set of attributes that make him a crucial team member at PSA.”

Bruhn began his airline career at US Airways in early 2007 as a Senior Finance Analyst and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2011. In 2014 he joined the Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Team where he played a pivotal role in the identification of synergies and real estate savings during the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. In 2016 he joined PSA Airlines as the Director of Finance where he has recruited and developed a finance team. Bruhn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona.

Faces of PSA – Meet John Car

Faces of PSA - John CarName: John Car

Title: Base Manager of Aircraft Maintenance CLT

How long have you worked for PSA? Started with PSA in March of 2016

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I started my career in the aviation industry in 1985. After obtaining my A&P license, my first aviation job was working for a general aviation facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after, I was hired on with Suburban Airlines out of Reading, PA. Suburban was part of Allegheny Airlines, which later merged with the USAir express family of airlines. Suburban operated a fleet of Shorts 330, 360 turboprops, and Fokker F27’s. I enjoyed my time with Suburban and was mentored by seasoned AMT’s who had long careers in the aviation industry, some that started in the early 50s. I was then hired on by USAir in 1987 and worked both Philadelphia and Detroit line maintenance. At the time, this was the pinnacle of my AMT career. I enjoyed my time working for USAir and the training I received on the fleet of Boeing aircraft which USAir operated. The line was a completely different place at that time. Back then, AMT’s handled the marshalling of aircraft to the gates and handled push backs. In 1992, I transferred to Charlotte heavy maintenance where I made many friends during that time. I still see my old comrades on the line occasionally. I resigned from USAir in 1999 to pursue my career in the IT industry and started an IT company called Nulegend Technologies and served in the capacity as MIS director for a large architectural firm, Odell Associates. However, I continued to remain active in aviation as a Pilot/AMT flying corporate single-engine aircraft. I maintained the airworthiness of a number of aircraft and performed all necessary inspections.

What brought you to PSA? In the big scope of life, sometimes it’s important to reevaluate what direction one is headed in. I did that evaluation and felt led to enter back into the field of aviation maintenance. The opportunity presented itself to come back as an AMT for PSA Airlines. I wanted to immerse myself in the industry as an AMT and learn all the new processes that have changed over the years. I desired to, eventually, move into a management position and use my business management skills to improve the process to drive performance at PSA. What better place to learn other than being on the front line as an AMT? It gave me a unique perspective to interact with my fellow AMT’s and learn what our strengths and weaknesses are as a company. It also gave me the opportunity to see if I still had what it took to be a frontline AMT in the airline industry.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the overall production of the CLT maintenance base and the overall airworthiness of aircraft operated by PSA Airlines. I plan, direct, lay out and coordinate the activities of aircraft line maintenance, which currently averages 260 flights daily. I run and manage the CLT overnight maintenance facility to minimize delays, and I also manage over 100 maintenance technicians. My other duties are to prepare written reports of work accomplished, ensure all instructions pertinent to safety are properly observed and that all personnel at the station fully understand and comply with existing safety regulations.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Our exponential growth rate. In the past several months I have hired over 50 AMTs which requires balancing scheduling and workloads based on experience levels of our new AMTs.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Only one? I met my wife on Singer Island in Florida … that was a sweet trip! The Cayman Islands are beautiful, especially during winter months. The Bahama Islands were a treat for our family, especially when our children were young! Montana and Yellowstone are very impressive. The colors in the Smoky Mountains during fall are fantastic. Germany was an interesting trip where I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ruschmeyer, the designer of the line of Ruschmeyer R 90 general aviation aircraft.

What are some of your hobbies? As a pilot, I love to fly, but I have recently taken on a new hobby-building and flying FPV racing drones. First Person View is like flying a Stars Wars pod racer. Exhilarating! I have also obtained my FAA Part 107 remote pilot’s license.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people! I love my team of AMTs that I’ve had the pleasure of working with on the line and my team of supervisors who I depend on to keep CLT operations and production at top performance. CLT has an incredible group of professionals which keep our birds flying safely on a daily basis.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, absolutely! I highly recommend PSA to anyone who loves to be challenged and is looking for an opportunity to advance their career in the aviation industry.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Besides my managerial position in CLT, I wear other hats, as well – counselor, mentor, coach and friend.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing new AMTs advance in their careers and move on to other roles in the company.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I have been married to my beautiful wife, Val, going on 27 years and have two beautiful grown daughters, Lisa and Joanna, who I am extremely proud of.

 

 

Maintenance Planning Department

The aviation industry has many jobs that don’t require being on an aircraft or even to fix it. Below is a snapshot of our Maintenance Planning Department whose primary job is to schedule overnight maintenance on our aircraft at all our maintenance bases.

Department size: 14 (3 positions currently open).

Positions: Manager, Supervisor, Senior Planner, Planners.

Hours of Operation: 20 hours a day (5 a.m. to midnight), 7 days per week.

Locations: Dayton Maintenance hangar and OCC.

What does the department do: Create the nightly work schedule for all overnight maintenance bases with the PSA system.

Number of aircraft on the scheduled maintenance plan daily: 23 of 124 aircraft are scheduled nightly to handle 124 operational aircraft.

Types of service checks: Flight hour/ Calendar checks, ranging from 3-day intervals to 72-month inspections for each fleet type. In addition, there are more than 250 individually tracked task for each fleet type. Most of these are tracked manually by running due reports from the current Maintenance and Engineering system.

Manuals used: GMM and IPM (general maintenance manual and the Inspection Program Manual).

Department goal: In order to meet right start times, each aircraft is strategically planned for its overnight. Aircraft have restrictions on the type and level of maintenance that can be done during a particular overnight visit. An aircraft being at a maintenance base does not mean a particular portion of the aircraft was inspected or a particular item was fixed while at the base.

Working alongside: Coordinates with Maintenance Production, Material Planning, Maintenance Control and Flight Control to ensure the maintenance plan can be executed.

We are hiring positions in all aspects of our Maintenance operation. Check out the list here.