Below are some important winter tips to remember from this quarter’s PSA Airlines Safety Newsletter. Keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy this winter by keeping this advice in mind.
Tips for your personal safety:
- Be extra cautious and vigilant while moving around in public or unknown places during darker hours.
- For uniformed employees, please be aware that in dark colored clothing you may not always be visible to motorists.
- Always utilize official walkways in parking lots, airport terminals, etc.
Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season, due to an increase in cooking and heating fires, but they can be prevented:
- Have properly working smoke alarms and test them regularly.
- Install fire extinguishers—make sure everyone knows how to use them.
- Do not burn evergreens, wreaths, or wrapping paper/decorations in the fireplace or in a wood stove.
- Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.
- Choose only flame retardant decorations.
- Regularly inspect and repair portable heaters.
Cold Related Illnesses
Prolonged exposure to low temperatures, wind or moisture can result in frostbite and hypothermia, but can be avoided:
- Dress warmly, wearing layered clothing.
- Remember that extremities, e.g. nose, ears, hands and feet need extra attention during winter.
- Drink warm, non-alcoholic, caffeine-free liquids.
- Avoid becoming wet.
Safe Winter Driving
Now is the time to get a tune-up on the vehicle and replace bald tires. Other tips:
- Stock your vehicle with emergency supplies, e.g. flares, jumper cables, blankets, etc.
- Slow down and increase space between vehicles.
- If you break down, steer/push the vehicle to a safe location, and stay in the vehicle while you wait for emergency services.
- If rear wheels skid, turn the steering wheel in the same direction.
Army veterans and PSA First Officers Matthew Gerlitzki, JR Lynch Jr., and Glenn Tupper all came to PSA as longtime friends and fellow aviators. After meeting in 2006 in army flight school, each would go on to spend time in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
We ask them what it’s like transitioning to PSA, what keeps them passionate about flying, and their thoughts on this Veteran’s Day.
What’s it like transitioning from the military life to working at PSA?
“It’s exciting but intimidating. Flying an airplane is flying an airplane but they’re different cultures, different environments. As for training, Army training is top notch. It really prepares you to be an aviator… They’re all about putting in 100%” – JR Lynch Jr. (center)
What influences you or drives you to succeed now that you are here at PSA?
“The passion for aviation. The military paid for me to learn to fly for free- well I paid for it with those 7 years- But now, it’s like you’re free to do what you’ve always wanted to do: fly.” – Glenn Tupper (right)
“Flying was my dream as a child. My uncle is a retired Continental pilot. I guess you could say he was my inspiration. And he’s the one that took me flying for the first time.” – Matthew Gerlitzki (left)
What’s Veteran’s Day about to you?
“It’s not about us. It’s about those that aren’t here anymore. Our military time is done and, we’re not going back. But people- friends of ours even- that would probably want to be where we are right now, doing what we’re doing, and can’t- those are who it is about.”
It’s been nine months since American Airline’s announced a firm order of thirty CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft to be operated by PSA Airlines. Beginning with Bombardier’s first delivery in June of 2014, PSA has continued to take delivery of a minimum of two aircraft each month. Also during this time, American Airlines affirmed that PSA is to accept the transfer of 47 CRJ-700s to its growing fleet by the end of 2016.
With a fleet expansion from forty nine to one hundred and twenty six aircraft in a little over two years – where does PSA’s growth stand today? What is involved in the process of PSA’s 900 deliveries?
PSA Airlines has now accepted delivery, and put into service, six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to date, with its seventh due in less than a week and the eighth arriving in ten days. The delivery schedule calls for seven additional 900s to be turned over to PSA in 2014 and 2015 will continue with three aircraft deliveries month from January to May.
A lot is involved in bringing each of these aircraft into PSA possession and getting them ready for their first revenue flight. An acceptance flight is performed three days prior to delivery, on location, at the assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada. It has PSA personnel on board and is flown by Bombardier pilots to demonstrate the aircraft’s systems, functions and airworthiness. The acceptance flight’s results are then shared among the many participating parties- American Airlines, PSA, Bombardier, Customs and Border Protection and the FAA- who will then discuss any potential issues and the corrective action required to bring the aircraft up to American and PSA’s specifications.
After one last thorough inspection of the brand new cabin interior and a confirmation that any issues found on the acceptance flight are resolved, American takes financial ownership from Bombardier- typically by 10 am the day of delivery. Approximately three days later, the delivery flight, which involves various paperwork and about two weeks of preparation in personnel alignment, pilot placement, and Customs procedures, embarks on the one hour and forty five minute flight from the Bombardier facility to Dayton, Ohio where it is accepted and cleared through Customs and Border protection. Once PSA receives each aircraft, Entry into Service (EIS) processes and go-go in-flight wifi installation take five to six days to complete.
“It’s a very rewarding experience to be involved in this interesting and important process with PSA. It’s definitely exciting to watch that brand new airplane land and know what a representation the aircraft becomes of the dedication and hard work that many employees across US Airways, American Airlines and PSA have contributed to the future of air travel and to see the entire process come full circle as the aircraft begins its life serving thousands of future customers.” – Ryan Rust, PSA Airlines Delivery Coordinator
See more pictures of 900 deliveries on PSA’s Flickr Page.
PSA has officially begun the journey towards an entire American Eagle livery with the completion of our first US Airways Express re-branding into the new AA livery. PSA Airlines is in the process of sending each of their 14 aircraft from their current CRJ 700 fleet to be stripped of the US Airways Express paint and re-painted in the American Eagle livery.
The first of these aircraft was sent to be painted on August 30th. The entire fleet of 700s is anticipated to be painted by late January of 2015.
Each aircraft is sent to Indianapolis individually. They undergo a stripping and sanding process to remove every inch of the old paint. Then 55 pounds of paint- primer, paint and clear coat- is added. The entire process takes 8 days to complete.
Be sure to view photos from the whole process on PSA’s Flickr Here