PSA Airlines Appoints Keith Stamper as Vice President of Flight Operations

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00161DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines has appointed Keith Stamper as Vice President of Flight Operations reporting to Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. In this role, Stamper will be part of the airline’s executive team and will be responsible for directing and overseeing the management of Flight Operations, including Flight, Inflight and Training.

Captain Stamper comes to PSA Airlines after an accomplished career as a CRJ pilot with vast experience in regional airline flight operations management. He served as chief pilot for Comair before joining Trans States Airlines in 2010 as Director of Flight Operations, supervising Flight Operations, Training and SOC.

“Keith is a highly-accomplished pilot and aviation professional with more than 20 years of regional airline experience,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “An ATP, CRJ-certified pilot, he has held many roles in training and flight operations including check airman, fleet manager and chief pilot. His collaborative, lead-by-example approach to successfully overcome challenges makes him the ideal person to lead our flight and inflight operations workgroups as we continue our dramatic growth at PSA.”

As Vice President of Flight Operations, Stamper and will oversee the strategy to monitor and improve safety, reliability and productivity of all flight and flight-related operations and will provide direction to the flight operations team of 2,250 team members, including leading PSA’s pilot and flight attendant workgroups.

The opportunity to accelerate advancements in operations planning and execution and to properly support the rapidly-expanding pilot and flight attendant workgroups is high-priority for PSA after its immense amount of growth over the last several years. To complement Stamper’s role as Vice President of Flight Operations, PSA is adding a Vice President of Systems, Operations Control and Planning role. Having dedicated, executive team members focused on their respective roles will accelerate the rate of change and preparation, improve operational reliability and lead to better care and services to our crew members and operations control personnel. PSA is working to fill its Vice President of Systems, Operations Control and Planning role and will share more details once a selection has been made.

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, 29 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 Don Hydler

Faces of PSA - Don Hydler Manager Maintenance ControlName: Don Hydler

Title: Manager of Maintenance Control

How long have you worked for PSA? October 9th will be 28 years.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I have been in the airline industry for almost 28 years. I started my aviation career with PSA in 1989 as an A&P mechanic. Before PSA, I worked at Meijer as a stock clerk for over six years.

What brought you to PSA? I attended the Aviation Maintenance high school program at Montgomery County JVS (now known as CTC), where I received my A&P license. The school referred me to PSA after graduation.

What is the biggest difference from the time you started at PSA and now? When I started at PSA, we operated a very small fleet, which grew to a larger fleet of turboprop aircraft. Now we operate a fleet of 118 jet aircraft on our way to a total of 150 aircraft.

Is there a big change going from turboprop aircraft to the CRJs we fly now? I don’t feel there is a big change, aside from turboprop aircraft are certainly very noisy, but for the most part all aircraft are similar in some fashion. I certainly never thought I would see the day when we would have an all-jet fleet, but it took a lot of hard work and long hours over the years by all to make it happen.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the coordination of all operational aircraft with online discrepancies and their timely return to service.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Keeping up with the ever-so-changing airline industry as a whole, which constantly requires changes to our current processes and procedures.

How has your job changed? How do you keep up with the changes in the industry? With all the growth here at PSA over the last two years, it has certainly required me to take on more of a leadership role in my department. I have learned a lot during this time and feel it has made me a better leader. As far as keeping up with the changes in the aviation industry, this certainly cannot be done alone. It requires each and every department working together to make this happen.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

What are some of your hobbies?

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Four-Wheeling
  • Archery – I got into archery when I was younger. My father taught me and we would go bow hunting every year. It has stuck with me ever since. I also enjoy getting out and competing in archery tournaments when they are held in the area.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy all the comradery and although we have tripled the amount of employees over the last several years, PSA is like one big family.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, with all the growth taking place at PSA this provides opportunities for advancement and a place of business for individuals new to aviation to start their career.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: I am responsible for maintaining the MEL/CDL manual for all aircraft fleet types.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Being able to play such a vital role in the overall operation and working together in a team environment.

Tell us something no one knows about you: When I was going thru A&P school, I had the pleasure of meeting an individual who restored rare antique aircraft. This meeting turned out to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, I assisted with the ground up restoration of a 1935 Davis D1-W open cockpit airplane. This aircraft was on display at EAA OSHKOSH 1993 and won the “Outstanding Open Cockpit Monoplane” award in the Antique Bronze Age (1933-41) category.