Officials from PSA Airlines and Middle Georgia State University formally signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed Middle Georgia State University as a Cadet Program partner on November 5, 2016.
PSA Airlines is among the first regional carriers to launch an industry-leading Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement. PSA has partnerships with more than 13 schools and expects that list to continue to grow. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program. Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country with the highest first-year pay, and with a true pilot flow through agreement to American, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.
PSA Airlines, Dayton International Airport and local community leaders joined together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of PSA Airlines’ brand-new maintenance hangar located at the Dayton International Airport.
PSA’s immense fleet expansion necessitates state-of-the-art facilities to support the maintenance and reliability of its growing fleet where additional space is needed for overnight maintenance. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size from 49 aircraft to 115 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft. The new 77,000 square foot hangar is adjacent to PSA’s current maintenance hangar located at the Dayton International Airport and will be the airline’s largest aircraft maintenance support facility the company operates.
In addition to this new facility in Dayton, PSA has maintenance facilities at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and plans to open an additional facility at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in 2017.
“It is an honor to be named as one of the Best Workplaces in Ohio,” says Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “This is an outstanding testament to the phenomenal team we have here at PSA Airlines.”
DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines has appointed two new officers to its executive leadership team. Both positions will report directly to PSA President, Dion Flannery.
Gary Pratt, Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering
Gary Pratt joins PSA Airlines as Vice President – Maintenance and Engineering. With nearly 30 years of commercial aviation experience, Pratt started his career as an aircraft technician with Delta Air Lines, where he served the majority of his career in various management positions in the maintenance organization. He joins the PSA team from Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where he most recently served as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. In his role, Pratt will oversee all of the operations and administration of the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Department. Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Pratt is succeeding Kevin Reinhalter, who is retiring from PSA after 14 years with the airline.
Margaret Soda, Vice President – Human Resources
Margaret Soda has been appointed to Vice President – Human Resources and will oversee all functions of the department, including employee relations, recruiting, compensation, benefits, retirement programs, internal and external communications, and community relations. Soda joins PSA Airlines from Clearwater Paper where she oversaw human resources for the company’s Neenah, Wisconsin facility. She has 14 years of human resources experience, including human resources management at ConAgra Foods and seven years at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where she held the Managing Director of Human Resources position. Soda earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
“Gary and Margaret represent the talent that PSA is looking for to lead our airline into the future,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “They are highly respected individuals in the aviation industry and PSA is thrilled to have them as part of our team.”
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 2,500 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, and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 53 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, bringing its fleet count to 150.
More than a year ago, Charlotte-based Flight Attendant Deborah Drinnon experienced a medical emergency while working a flight. Upon arrival at the Charlotte airport, the medical personnel attended to her and transported her to the hospital. It was from that personal experience that Deborah met Medic and Instructor Jerry Morris. Jerry is a faculty member of Carolinas HealthCare System who trains paramedics through a program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Some of his former students (trained paramedics) have responded to medical emergencies on PSA aircraft.
Jerry reached out to Director of Inflight Services Debra Hoke to ask if he could partner with PSA in a joint training program. Specifically, his objective was to expose his students to the tight quarters of the aircraft cabin and simulate the handling of a medical emergency in the small aircraft cabin to use as a training tool. Similarly, the PSA flight attendants (as well as pilots and station personnel) gained benefits from observing and participating in this training and were able offer insight from the crew and station perspective.
Through the cooperative efforts of Jerry and the Carolina Health / Central Piedmont Community College Team, PSA’s Inflight and Flight Department Personnel, Safety and Security department, MTC Staff, CLT Station Operations and the TSA, the joint training program was a success! Not only did seven medics learn to better handle a medical emergency in a small aircraft cabin, PSA flight attendants learned how to best assist the medics when attending to an ill passenger on the airplane.