PSA Airlines has signed partnership agreements with two more schools as it makes a bid to hire 1,000 people in short order.The airline announced Thursday partnerships with Purdue University, as well as Liberty University, aimed at helping their students come aboard as pilots. As the fastest-growing regional and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, PSA is on track to see both its fleet and workforce triple. The Cadet Program at PSA Airlines, allows pilots from partner schools who accept employment from PSA to receive a $16,520 signing bonus.
“Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program,” PSA said in a statement. “Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots.”
PSA Airlines, the fastest-growing wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and Purdue Aviation have announced a partnership to “fast-track” Purdue University and Purdue Aviation flight students to become commercial airline pilots.
Through the cadet partnership, Purdue Aviation will be designated a PSA Airlines flight training academy partner. Purdue pilots accepting employment from PSA will receive a $16,520 signing bonus, the university and the airline said in a joint statement this week.
“The airline industry provides incredibly well-paying careers for individuals that are willing to take advantage of this opportunity” Scott Niswonger, chairman of Purdue Aviation, said in the statement. “The timing for this partnership is particularly good, given the challenging environment to find qualified pilots.”
PSA 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.
PSA recently partnered with Smashfly Technologies as a new Total Recruitment Marketing Platform to achieve its goal of hiring at least 1,100 new pilots and 900 additional employees in the next two years. In 2016 the Regional Airline Association reported that 40% of open pilot jobs had gone unfilled, which for the airlines means parked aircraft and reduced flying. By using SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing software, PSA will ensure it can meet its hiring goals by connecting with the right people who can propel PSA’s business success. This new tool with help target and optimize their strategy.
Christine Wampach, Director of Recruiting – Flight Operations, PSA Airlines
“In the challenging talent market of pilots, our hiring goals would be incredibly difficult without the right software and proactive talent acquisition strategy in place. We selected SmashFly because its Total Recruitment Marketing Platform is the best solution to centrally manage our entire recruiting strategy and can arm us with the intelligence to see — with true clarity — where candidates are active and in which positions they’re interested. This level of insight will help us meet our hiring goals and remain competitive in the regional airline business.”
Corianne Waller, Director of Recruiting, PSA Airlines
“With an additional 35 planes expected to be added to our fleet, PSA is focused on ramping up across all divisions. In particular, we’re working on developing a pipeline of licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics who are interested in applying their skills from the nose to the tail of our new CRJ aircraft. SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing software will help us find, attract and hire the best possible talent who are the right fit for our culture.”