Evan Kerr is a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a senior cadet in the PSA Cadet Program. He realized he wanted a career in aviation after he flew a Boeing Strearman for his 13th birthday. Learn more about Evan’s experience in the PSA Cadet Program:
Why did you decide to join PSA’s Cadet Program?
I decided to join PSA’s Cadet Program because of a former instructor who joined PSA. After contacting a pilot recruiter about the cadet program I realized the potential I had to grow within the program and become a part of the airline industry while still being in college.
In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of having a Mentor?
The biggest benefit of having a mentor is having someone to reach out to when you have any bumps in the road throughout flight training or academic classes. Plus, they are always sharing information and cool facts about PSA and giving an inside look to what it will be like to be an airline pilot for PSA.
A general statement regarding your school, the Cadet program, or your Mentor?
Embry-Riddle now has the most students in the PSA Cadet Program and I am thrilled to be a part of it. With the PSA/American Airlines Group Cadet Club, our cadet program has been able to grow and positively impact students in the Cadet Program and even those who aren’t yet a part of it at Riddle.
Hector Sanchez is a PSA Captain and Cadet Mentor for ERAU. He has been a part of the cadet program for one year.
What are the best features of this program?
The best feature of the PSA Cadet Program is the opportunity for mentorship. The cadets have the chance to interact and learn firsthand experiences from PSA pilots, before becoming pilots themselves. PSA Leaders, instructors and pilots offer cadets support for their success at PSA and on their path to American Airlines.
What have you done, personally to ensure your Cadets are making the most of their involvement with the Cadet Program?
Just like in the flight deck, the most important thing is communication. I constantly communicate with my cadets either on a one-on-one basis or via group messages. I provide them the most up-to-date information not just about PSA but also the aviation industry. This is an evolving industry and communication is key to their success and growth. I also visit Embry- Riddle regularly and attend events where I can interact personally and share my stories.
Any statement you wish to include regarding your Cadets, the program or PSA?
My cadets are an outstanding group of individuals. They are determined and focused to better themselves by completing new certificates, becoming flight instructors, studying abroad and by giving back to their school and community. I am humble to be a part of my cadets’ life changing experiences and help them along the way. I know I will fly with them on day and can’t wait for that moment. These cadets are not only a great addition to the PSA family but to the future of our industry. They are our future chief pilots, instructors, captains, etc.