PSA is proud to welcome Shayne Zurn, University of North Dakota graduate, as our first Cadet to become a First Officer. He graduated in December of 2016 with a degree in Commercial Aviation and until recently was a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota.
Shayne discovered a passion for aviation while going to airshows around the Midwest at a young age, especially watching the Blue Angels. Shayne’s passion eventually lead him to taking aviation related classed in high school. He decided to attend the University of North Dakota for a degree in an aviation related field.
In 2009 Shayne received his Private Pilot’s license while attending college. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in Air Traffic Control but decided to return to school a year later and get a degree in Commercial Aviation. Shayne took major strides in his goal to become an Aviator in 2016 when he became a Flight Instructor and a PSA Cadet.
As a PSA Cadet, Shayne had the opportunity to attend multiple career takeoff events, be a part of our UND cadet marketing video and was honored by American Airlines as a Distinguished Cadet.
Here are some photos of Shayne’s journey.
We took some time to talk with Shayne about his experience as a cadet.
Why did you decide to join the PSA cadet program?
I decided to join the PSA cadet program to get a better understanding and more insight into PSA Airlines. From talking to the recruiters, I could tell they enjoyed working for PSA. Also, two major benefits stood out to me about the program, including the flow through to American Airlines and the tuition reimbursement.
What has been the most rewarding part of the PSA cadet program?
I really enjoyed getting to know the people that worked for PSA and getting to know cadets at my school as well as cadets at other airlines. The opportunity to share my passion for aviation with others in the industry has been rewarding.
How did the Career Takeoff Events add value to your experience as a PSA cadet?
I really enjoyed the Career Takeoff events. Having the chance to talk with PSA and American Airlines leadership and pilots truly showed how much the company care about the cadets and pilots.
What has it meant to you to have mentors to help guide you throughout this program?
I loved my mentors while I was a Cadet. I formed a close friendship with my first mentor and was sad that I would not be working with her through my entire cadet journey, but was happy to see her move on as a First Officer at American Airlines.
How do you feel the cadet program helped prepare you for your upcoming training as a PSA First Officer?
Having a designated mentor to talk to and other staff at the cadet program really helped relieve some of the stress that goes into preparing for the CTP and First Officer class.
What is your ultimate goal as a pilot?
Ultimately, I would like to become a captain at PSA and then flow to American Airlines. I would love to someday fly international flights in a wide body plane.
DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines is offering qualified Airframe & Powerplant technicians a $2,500 sign-on bonus to relocate to its Dayton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport maintenance facilities. New hires and rehires with a start date of Sept. 1, 2017 and later are eligible for the bonus. Recipients must be relocating from further than 75 miles away from the hangar and must relocate to a housing location within 50 miles of the hangar.
There has never been a better time to join the PSA maintenance team and the airline is committed to the success of its team members. As a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and the fastest growing regional airline in the country, PSA has unparalleled opportunities for growth and professional development. Being part of the largest airline in the world provides stability and benefits few other regionals can match. In addition to top benefits including a comprehensive medical, dental, vision and 401(k) package, travel privileges, competitive pay, and paid training, PSA is in the midst of the largest maintenance technology investment in our company’s history.
The implementation of Maintenix – a fully-integrated, web-enabled and mobile-ready software platform is a modern, flexible, and user-friendly approach to maintenance management and compliance control. Team members will have the tools and resources that will provide greater efficiency in how we schedule required maintenance events, capture data to improve fleet reliability, record and maintain aircraft records and manage our parts inventory.
Interested candidates can find out more information and apply online here.
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, 31 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.
Earlier this year, Jessica Henderson thought her dream of working as an airline pilot would have to wait – again.
Then, “the stars aligned” and a program that would transition her from helicopter pilot to commercial airline pilot quickly popped back in the picture.
In March, Jessica became the first to sign on with PSA in our Rotor Transition Program (RTP) at SkyWarrior. This week, she began her Indoc training with our latest group of First Officers.
Jessica’s journey through the program took longer than some RTP graduates because obligations to her Flight Company Command duties ate into time she could have used to gain flight hours. But, she “finally made it” and is now looking at all the possibilities that lie ahead in her new career here at PSA.
Jessica joined the military just after high school and didn’t know what she wanted to do until she went to flight school and her eyes opened to the world of aviation and becoming a pilot. She said she thought to herself, “Wow, that’s what I want to do.” But, as with many aspiring pilots, the reality of cost to make that dream happen sunk in and she “stuffed that dream away.”
Fast forward to earlier this year and the dream looked as if it had to be stuffed away again as one of her original options to transition was stymied. She was attending SkyWarrior already when PSA teamed up with the flight school for our RT Program. Through the program, Jessica was able to ease her mind a bit about the cost (PSA contributes up to $23,000 towards a pilot’s flight time requirements in order for them to achieve their R-ATP) and move closer and closer to her dream.
“The sky’s the limit,” Jessica said. “Keeping my eyes open and looking at all the possibilities.”
Watch Jessica talk about her journey from “rotor head” to PSA pilot: