PSA Continues to Take Delivery of CRJ700 Aircraft

18768224_1370615193018531_9024193271590732500_oPSA Airlines continues on its growth mission by accepting additional CRJ700 aircraft from Envoy, a plan that was announced by its parent company, American Airlines, in 2014. PSA plans to accept the transfer of one CRJ700 aircraft per month through the end of 2017 and will continue to bring the additional aircraft into its fleet until it has reached its commitment of 150 aircraft. Later this month, PSA will accept aircraft number 117, marking its 28th CRJ700 aircraft.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 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, 27 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

The Faces of PSA – Meet William VanWeelden

Faces of PSA - william vanweeldenName: William VanWeelden

Title: Technical Support Specialist

How long have you worked for PSA? 15 years in August

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 16 Years. Prior to joining PSA, I was a contractor for FedEx in Indianapolis working on their Boeing 727s.

What brought you to PSA? I wanted to gain more experience in my career field and PSA allowed the mechanics the ability to work on every part of the aircraft, which fit well with my goals.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: A large part of being a technical support specialist is research into current issues with our fleet and what available options exist to correct them. I work with Bombardier on several modification programs for the fleet, in addition to overseeing the transfer process of the CRJ-700s from Envoy Air to PSA.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? The CRJ-700 transfer program. I have to manage and coordinate the inspection program and modification package that Envoy Air performs prior to delivery to PSA. It has been very rewarding to see how another airline maintains the same aircraft and what we can learn from them to improve our operation.

You have been part of many activities for PSA, such as Corporate Challenge. How did you get involved? I became involved in 2011 when I was asked to participate in the mini golf competition. By the end of the week, I ended up participating in several other activities that year including having to sing a solo part for the team song for the final event. It has been a lot of fun and I look forward to it each year as it provides a good opportunity to engage in team building with others throughout PSA.

Where is your favorite place in which you have traveled? The Austrian Alps

What are some of your hobbies? Taking vacations with my family and basically anything that has to do with motorcycles. I enjoy taking bike trips with friends and attending race events such as MotoGP.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy the people that I work with and the new challenges that each day brings. No two days are the same.

Would you recommend PSA and why? I would definitely recommend PSA. The company has grown by leaps and bounds since I first started, but has not lost the tight-knit atmosphere. There is tremendous potential available to anyone who is determined and willing to learn.

 Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: We never know what we will become involved with each day. Even the simplest request for information can evolve into a large project. In a typical day, we answer questions ranging from the Flight Ops Department asking about engine performance differences to Supply Chain requesting help to resolve a vendor issue.

 What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing projects and modifications that I have initiated in use on the aircraft.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I usually cannot go into a store without detouring through the LEGO aisle. I still continue to collect and build during my free time and have several sets displayed on my desk.

The Faces of PSA – Meet John Corbett

Name: John Corbett

Title: Flight Attendant

How long have you worked for PSA? 2 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? PSA is first airline job. Worked in IT before that and many years in Hospitality.

What brought you to PSA? I was between jobs and a friend who is a FA for a different airline suggested I apply. I have always liked to travel and have lived in many cities so it just made sense to try.

Recently, you had a passenger who had the unique talent of folding dollar bills into jets and elephants. Can you describe the experience? I was working first class when this nice older man and his lady friend boarded. HFaces of PSA - John Corbette stopped and handed me a dollar bill folded up into an elephant. He gave the captain a folded up jet and expressed the desire to give one to the rest of the crew. They were very sweet and sat in first class. They were on their way to Hawaii to attend his son’s wedding. Two uniformed soldiers sat in front of them in the first row and it wasn’t long before he engaged the soldiers in conversation and was showing them his talent of folding dollar bills. The two soldiers were fascinated and for the rest of the trip the man taught them how to fold bills. It was heartwarming to watch these young people who could have been shipping out to training or overseas laughing and connecting to this sweet older couple.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? I’ll be honest, it has to be the commute. Not living in your base adds a challenge to this job. But, I live in South Florida, and it’s worth it.

What are some of your hobbies? Well, travel obviously, going to the beach, hearing music with friends, and photography, especially sunsets and sunrises.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people I work with. I have met some wonderful coworkers, some much younger than me, but good all are good friends. Management is receptive and caring.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Sure, I would recommend PSA. If you want to do this job and, believe me, it’s not for everyone, this is a good place to land, as they care about you and you feel like you are on a team.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people think Flight Attendants are just there just to make drinks, but there is so much more to this job. We are safety professionals who are the first responders of any emergency that can happen in the air. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing happy passengers who are glad to get where they needed to safely. Taking a child into the flight deck to sit next to the pilot and seeing the joy on his/her face.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was adopted and recently did an Ancestry DNA search. I am going to pursue it further and find relatives in Italy, and when I do, I am going to fly over there and meet them.

PSA’s Cadet Partner School List Continues to Grow

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00161PSA Airlines has signed partnership agreements with two more schools as it makes a bid to hire 1,000 people in short order.The airline announced Thursday partnerships with Purdue University, as well as Liberty University, aimed at helping their students come aboard as pilots. As the fastest-growing regional and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, PSA is on track to see both its fleet and workforce triple. The Cadet Program at PSA Airlines, allows pilots from partner schools who accept employment from PSA to receive a $16,520 signing bonus.

“Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program,” PSA said in a statement. “Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots.”

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PSA Airlines & Purdue Aviation Launch Training Partnership

purdue Aviation dayPSA Airlines, the fastest-growing wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and Purdue Aviation have announced a partnership to “fast-track” Purdue University and Purdue Aviation flight students to become commercial airline pilots.

Through the cadet partnership, Purdue Aviation will be designated a PSA Airlines flight training academy partner. Purdue pilots accepting employment from PSA will receive a $16,520 signing bonus, the university and the airline said in a joint statement this week.

“The airline industry provides incredibly well-paying careers for individuals that are willing to take advantage of this opportunity” Scott Niswonger, chairman of Purdue Aviation, said in the statement. “The timing for this partnership is particularly good, given the challenging environment to find qualified pilots.”

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