Title: First Officer and Pilot Recruiter
How long have you worked for PSA? 2 years
How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? About 10 years, I worked for an international flight school in the Phoenix area, and flew for ExpressJet before joining PSA. I initially started as a dispatcher at the flight school, and worked my way up to scheduler and system administrator. I did like working with international students, it was very interesting to learn about their cultures, and how some things are very similar to the US, while others are completely different. I’m also very interested in foreign languages, so I enjoyed the students teaching me some words and sayings in their native languages. We had Belgian students too, so it was nice to be able to speak Dutch to them every once in a while (only during break though). They were required to speak English at all times during training, even among themselves) and talk about what kind of candy from home we missed the most!
What brought you to PSA? The opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Give us a brief overview of what you do: I assist the Captain in getting our passengers to their destination safely and efficiently. As a pilot recruiter, I represent PSA Airlines at recruiting events, aviation career fairs and college visits.
Is it difficult to be a pilot from another country flying in the U.S.? I don’t feel like it is particularly difficult to be a pilot from a different country flying in the U.S., but I’ve lived in the U.S. for almost eight years now and I’d like to think I’ve adapted well. Some things are different, and sometimes it comes in handy to know the differences, small things. For example, in Europe, they call the ramp the apron, so it didn’t catch me by surprise when the first time I flew into Canada (with my previous airline). Tower told me to “contact apron.”
What made you want to become a pilot? When I was 12, my father moved to Hong Kong for three years for his job, so my mom, my brother and I would go visit as much as we could, usually every school break. Before 9/11, airlines usually didn’t have a problem letting people (especially kids) go up front to see the cockpit and talk with the pilots during flight. On one of those trips, my brother and I were invited to sit on the jumpseat of a Cathay Pacific B747 for the approach and landing into Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong, which was a challenging approach. It involved aiming the plane at an orange and white checkerboard painted on a hillside, followed by a steep turn, maneuvering in between skyscrapers to line up with the runway. And that was it, I was hooked, I was going to be a pilot. This story is part of why I like to invite kids up to the flight deck before or after a flight, let them sit in the seat, take their picture, give them a set of wings. You never know how big of an impact that’s going to make. I know it made a huge impression on me all these years ago.
What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Since (my husband) Ray also works at PSA, it hasn’t always been easy to line up our schedules, but being able to take advantage of the Schedule Adjustment Period has made a big difference.
Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Hong Kong is one of my favorites. Bali was amazing and the Grand Canyon is impressive.
What are some of your hobbies? I like to go hiking with our two dogs. I also enjoy cooking and baking.
What do you love about working for PSA? I absolutely love the people I work with; I have made some friends for life here at PSA.
Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, we work with great people, and PSA’s growth offers tremendous opportunities that other companies might not.
What has been the most rewarding part of your job? It’s great to meet prospective candidates at career fairs and industry events, and then running into them several months later at the airport as newly minted PSA pilots.
Tell us something no one knows about you: Up until a few days ago, I would have said ‘Very few people know I won a scholarship at Women in Aviation this year’, but I guess the cat is out of the bag now.
Name: Raymond Martinelli
Title: Captain/Aircrew Program Designee
How long have you worked for PSA? 5.5 years
How long have you been in the airline industry? PSA is the first 121 Carrier I have worked for.
Where did you work before PSA? Before PSA, I worked at CAE as an initial pilot instructor.
What brought you to PSA? When I was hired in 2011, PSA was approximately 380 pilots and had the small company feel I was looking for.
Give us a brief overview of what you do: I work in the simulator, training initial pilots, conduct recurrent training and perform initial check rides. I work part time with fleet management, which is responsible for keeping PSA’s pilot manuals up to date. I also enjoy flying the line as a Captain when I have the chance.
What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Lining up my days off with Tine.
Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? This is an easy one, Catalina Island, California.
What are some of your hobbies? Rock crawling, restoring classic cars and hiking with the dogs.
What do you love about working for PSA? The people I work with and the opportunities I believe I wouldn’t have had at other companies.
Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, lots of opportunities.
Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Lots of paper work!!!!
What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The look on the face of a student when they get their initial ATP/type.
Tell us something no one knows about you: I don’t like mayonnaise.