PSA Airlines and Liberty University Sign Cadet Program Agreement Helping Move the Most Promising Pilots from the Classroom to the Cockpit

LibertyUniversityLogoOfficials from PSA Airlines and Liberty University signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed Liberty University as a Cadet Program partner on May 3, 2017.

PSA Airlines is among the first regional carriers to launch an industry-leading Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,520 in tuition reimbursement. PSA has partnerships with 15 schools and expects that list to continue to grow. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program. Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way

PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country with industry leading first-year pay, and with a true pilot flow through agreement to American Airlines, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.

The Faces of PSA – Meet Aaron Shuntich

Faces of PSA - aaron shuntichName: Aaron Shuntich

Title: GSP Maintenance Manager

How long have you worked for PSA? 7 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 7 years, I started my career in the airline industry with PSA after graduating from PIA (Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics).

What made you want to go into aviation maintenance? While in high school, our vocational school started offering aviation maintenance. I liked working with tools and loved knowing how things work. Put together with being fascinated with aircraft, I decided to give it a shot and really enjoyed it.

What brought you to PSA? I came to PSA as a maintenance mechanic looking to further my career. 

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the overall production of the GSP maintenance base.  I ensure that all aircraft leave in a safe and timely manner.  I lead and support the GSP maintenance team.

How has your career progression gone at PSA? In 2010, I started with PSA as a mechanic at our Akron base. In 2015, I accepted the maintenance supervisor position for our first new base since becoming a wholly-owned of American at CVG. First, starting as line maintenance in CVG, then growing into a successful hangar operation. Our next maintenance base to be planned was GSP where I accepted the position of maintenance manager in mid-2016 and started operations November 2016.

What is the biggest difference you’ve seen at PSA from the time you started to now? The biggest change I have seen in PSA is definitely size. When I started, we had only 49 aircraft and 3 maintenance bases. Our ability to take on such rapid growth in such a short amount of time makes me proud to call myself a team member of PSA.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? One of the biggest challenges I have faced so far in my career with PSA has been building the GSP maintenance base and team. While this has been one of my biggest challenges, it has also been one of the most rewarding experiences.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Daytona Beach, FL

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy traveling, motorcycle trips, and spending time with my family

What do you love about working for PSA? I love the atmosphere and culture of PSA.  It is big business with small family values.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, I would recommend PSA.  They are care about their employees and allow their employees to grow within the company. 

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people may not realize the extra hours that each base manager puts in.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Watching each of my employees grow individually and as a team.

Tell us something no one knows about you:  I am an avid shooter and gun collector. My favorite gun in my collection would have to be my smith & Wesson 500 magnum pistol.

First RTP Program Graduate Transitions to PSA

IMG_20170424_132207PSA is proud to welcome our first Rotor Transition Program student into our pilot training, moving him one step closer to becoming a PSA pilot.

John Marshall, who flew helicopters in the Marine Corp, entered training at our partner school, SkyWarrior in late March and completed his RTP training in just over a month.

Marshall joined the RTP program after retiring from the military in February and brought with him almost 18 years of flying experience. He started Naval flight school in 1999 and went to winged in 2001.

He said he knew he wanted to continue flying after the Marine Corps so becoming a commercial pilot was always an option. “When I saw the RTP available with PSA, I knew it would be a good fit. Not only does it give me the opportunity to continue flying, but to continue on a career path that I am excited about.”

PSA’s RTP program, which launched in early March, offers military helicopter pilots an avenue to becoming a PSA commercial pilot. The program includes benefits such as a contribution of up to $23,000 towards flight time requirements and the flexibility on funding to pay for flight hours (no GI Bill use required).

Marshall said his training at SkyWarrior was “nothing but professional and they allowed me to hit the ground running.” He said he chose the program with PSA because he knew it would help him succeed. “It is a great option for military helicopters pilots that has aspirations to fly commercially… I appreciate that PSA supports military veterans.”

PSA’s reputation and his personal experience were also a draw to PSA, he said. “I have flown on PSA many times out of Jacksonville, N.C. and the service was always great. I wanted to be part of something that was respected for wonderful customer service.”

What is Marshall looking forward to the most with his budding PSA career? “Flying to different locations, working with different crews on a regular basis, meeting new people and gaining valuable experiences. I’m hoping this job will be just as satisfying as flying with the Marine Corps was, and I look forward to being part of a team again. I can’t wait to get started.”

PSA’s Rotor Transition Program Takes Off

SMALL VERSIONPSA recently launched its RTP program and announced its partnership with Skywarrior Inc. to bring former military helicopter pilots into commercial aviation to fly its aircraft. Many military pilots have the 750 hours of flight time required for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certification to pilot a commercial aircraft. But, many of these pilots are short on the requirement for 250 hours in command of a fixed wing aircraft, as well as a 25-hour requirement to fly a multi-engine aircraft.

PSA President Dion Flannery said this program would be a creative solution to help it bring in new talent as it seeks to hire another 1,000 employees, many of them pilots.

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The Faces of PSA – Meet Luis Vazquez

Faces of PSA - Luis VasquezName: Luis Vazquez

Title: First Officer, based at CVG

How long have you worked for PSA? Since March 2016. 

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 13 months

What brought you to PSA? The reason why I came to PSA as a first airline was the word of mouth was good among other aviators. (PSA) was gaining a good reputation among candidates looking to land a job in the airline environment. And, secondly, I ended up making my decision based on a recommendation from an instructor I used to have that had joined PSA in the previous years.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am a First Officer at PSA. I also hold a CFI certificate.

How long have you wanted to be a pilot? I wanted to be a pilot since I was 5 years old, a dream that never left me and that I fully pursued after my scoring goals days were over. I’m loving my career now more than ever.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Japan. I love the culture overall. They are very respectful people with a vision of progress in society – all ages, all levels of society. Also, the lifestyle, the food and, of course, the ladies (haha).

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy music, traveling and eating good food. I like to play and watch sports. I have traveled around the world.

What do you love about working for PSA? I like the work environment. Almost all of the people I’ve worked with have been great and I enjoy meeting with new people and crew. It has been such a great experience.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, I would tell him/her that it is a good place to work, with a lot of flight opportunities, and with a lot of room for expansion and advancement. We do get to fly a lot and there’s potential for advancement. People around have been helpful! Definitely glad I chose PSA.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The training and job experience has been very rewarding. 

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was an ex-professional soccer player back in the day, when I used to be in good shape! I played soccer professionally in Mexico for two years on a team called Veracruz. Then, I got a full scholarship to play college in the US at St Gregory’s University in Oklahoma. I played forward/wing position, scoring goals. I come from a family of professional soccer players in Mexico, including the leading scorer in World Cups for the Mexican National Team (my cousin Luis Hernandez). I can also speak Spanish, a little bit of Japanese, French and Italian.