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.”
As PSA continues to grow to a fleet of 150 Bombardier CRJ Aircraft the need for a change in their maintenance system became imperative. In order to meet the demands and eliminate the remaining manual processes they partnered with IFS Maintenix to deliver complete lifecycle MRO functionality across the engineering, planning, line maintenance and materials management departments. By enabling more real-time, automated maintenance management, PSA Airlines is taking the necessary steps to meeting strategic objectives while staying focused on their mission of safety, quality and compliance.
Gary Pratt, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering at PSA Airlines commented: “In this competitive market, PSA Airlines prides itself on providing customers with the highest degree of customer service and operational performance that comes from well-maintained aircraft, professional and dedicated staff, and on-time passenger services delivery. Throughout the evaluation process, it readily became apparent that IFS Maintenix was the right solution capable of meeting our needs for a modern, flexible, and user-friendly approach to maintenance management and compliance control.”