Faces of PSA- Joe Lindsey

Faces of PSA Joe Lindsey

Name: Joe Lindsey

Title: Maintenance Training Manager

How long have you worked for PSA? It will be 15 years in early October.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I have worked in aviation since 1994 and been in the airline business since 1998. Before PSA, I spent time working as an aircraft mechanic at Mesa (US Airways Express and America West Express CRJs and ERJs), Emery Worldwide Airlines (Cargo DC-8s and DC-10s), Comair (Delta Connection CRJs), and a few general/corporate aviation companies performing maintenance and painting operations on everything from Cessna 150s to corporate jets.

What brought you to PSA? The Dayton, OH area is home for me. I grew up here. I have literally worked all the way around the Dayton airport at all four aviation centers.

Give us a brief overview of your job responsibilities: I oversee a team responsible for developing, delivering, tracking, and revising initial, recurrent, and ad hoc training for all Maintenance & Engineering staff, Stores staff, and external Maintenance and Fuel Vendors. Training topics range from basic safety to hazardous materials shipping, to the inner workings of the CRJ autopilot system. Training is delivered via formal instructor-led training, computer/web based training, and hands-on on-the-job training.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? PSA’s rapid growth and implementing use of the American Airlines Learning Management System known as The Learning Hub. Trying to keep 550+ internal students and over 3,000 vendor personnel trained is no small task, especially considering attrition. The communication and coordination with other departments and vendors that is so vital, it can be overwhelming at times. Thankfully, I am blessed with an amazing team of talented and dedicated staff who make it look easy.

How has the Maintenance Training at PSA evolved over the past couple of years? The department consisted of three instructors and a part-time administrative assistant not too long ago. Currently, we are on our way to a team of 18 staff, including myself, by this time next year. As I type this, we are adding interactive touch screen training in the classroom and expanding our hands-on training capabilities.

Where is your favorite place in which you have traveled? Charlotte Amalie on the Island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you go, stay up the hill at the Galleon house bed and breakfast (amazing views) and take the ferry over to the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John’s Island for snorkeling in Trunk Bay.

What are some of your hobbies? I am a husband and father all the way. What time is left I enjoy spending on my motorcycle, running an all-volunteer team of audio technicians where I attend church, anything outdoors, and helping others – Joe’s garage is always open for repairs. Anything from inflating bicycle tires and soccer balls to teaching the neighbor kids how to work on their cars.

What do you love about working for PSA? I like the planes, but I love the people! Happy, sad, mad, excited, I love them all. This business is a team sport and I love the dedication displayed on a daily basis here at PSA. It is tough at times, but we care for each other like family and get it done.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, but I don’t sugar coat it. I caution folks that you will work hard at PSA, but it is worth it. If you enjoy the satisfaction of a little kid’s smile and delight who is boarding their first flight knowing you helped ensure they will arrive safe and on time or the relief on a passenger’s face who is desperate to get home to family in a time of crisis and arrives on time safe and sound, this is the place for you.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Every once in a while, I still get to play in the Aircraft Wiring Manual helping troubleshoot an aircraft system fault which I love (I’m a nerd) because it is challenging and takes focus. The complexity of the aircraft is a draw for me.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Learning new things and watching others grow in their roles here at PSA. It has been tough and downright exhausting at times, but the satisfaction of a project completed at the end of the day or watching one of our jets take off silhouetted by an early morning sunrise as I drive in still makes me proud of the hard-working people here at PSA.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I learned how to barrel role and aileron roll an aircraft before I learned how to land one.

 

Sinclair and PSA Airlines Partner for Pilot Cadet Program

IMG_COM_Sinclair-Signing_featurePSA Airlines (PSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, along with Sinclair Community College and Aviation Sales, Inc. (ASI) will sign a partnership agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the PSA Hangar, 3751 Cargo Road, Vandalia, that will provide an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring pilots in the Miami Valley region to further their flight training on a pathway to become a PSA pilot.

The Pilot Cadet Program is a mutually-beneficial pilot recruitment, retention and employment program for colleges such as Sinclair and area aviation industry partners.

“Sinclair’s aviation program provides a strong foundation for students entering this profession, but meeting the requirements to become an airline pilot is extremely challenging,” said Steve Johnson, president of Sinclair College. “This partnership establishes a strong connection with PSA, an important regional carrier dedicated to recruiting and retaining a local workforce. We are proud to help this great local company in building their future workforce.”

With the Pilot Cadet Program, graduates of Sinclair’s Aviation Program will be eligible to be hired as Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) through ASI to teach at Sinclair and obtain the 1,500 total flight hours required by the FAA to become a commercial pilot. While a cadet in the program, PSA will provide the CFI tuition reimbursement of $500 at designated intervals of completed flight hours up to $5,000. Upon completion of flight hours, PSA will offer cadets conditional employment as a First Officer.

“We are excited to be able to strengthen this relationship with Sinclair and ASI to grow a local workforce for an industry that needs more qualified professional pilots,” said Dion Flannery, President – PSA Airlines. “This program offers a solid pathway to a stable and growing career that starts with PSA and ends with a predictable path to the largest airline in the world.”

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.

About Sinclair Community College

Celebrating 130 years, Sinclair is recognized as a local and national leader in delivering high-quality and affordable higher education. Sinclair offers approximately 230 accredited degrees and certificates and offers Montgomery County students the lowest tuition rates in all of Ohio.

About Aviation Sales, Inc.

Aviation Sales Inc. is a full service Fixed Base Operator located in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton International Airport & Dayton Wright Brothers Airport.  Founded in 1958, Aviation Sales has been serving the Dayton Ohio aviation community for over 58 years!

PSA Named Best Workplace in Ohio for Second Consecutive Year

OB_FINAL_LOGO_FINAL_2017We’re proud to announce we have been named for the second consecutive year as a “Best Workplace in Ohio” for 2017 by Ohio Business Magazine. Being recognized as one of the top places to work is an honor and a testament to our outstanding team members and the culture we’ve built here at PSA.

Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and will grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft over the next several years. This enormous amount of growth is a reflection of the largest airline in the world’s continued confidence in PSA to provide friendly, reliable and cost-effective regional services. Our more than 3,000 employees work diligently to operate 700 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations, all for American. We have a defined and committed fleet and growth plan, playing a critical role in American’s long-term regional network. As the fastest-growing regional airline in the country, our team members pride themselves on professional excellence in every aspect of their jobs.

Our culture is The PSA Way – which is focused on goals, safety, respect, preparedness, professional excellence and passion. This is our foundation and reflects how we think, act and communicates with one another and our customers. It represents the core values that our 3,000 employees stand for and is part of everything we do. We are focused on ramping up across all divisions with needs for 900 additional employees. There has never been a more exciting time to join the PSA family.

 

From PSA Cadet to First Officer

 

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.

 

PSA Airlines Offering Maintenance Technicians Sign-on Relocation Bonus

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00005DAYTON, 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.