Dayton Business Journal Exclusive: PSA Airlines hiring 1,000 people in final stage of growth spurt

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After more than three years of incremental growth, Dayton-based PSA Airlines Inc. is hitting the final stage of its fleet expansion, meaning another 1,000 hires.

The Dayton-based airline has 2,950 employees and 115 jets in its fleet today, as it approaches a new final fleet of 150 aircraft. Once its fleet reaches that number it will employ nearly 3,700 people, almost four times what it did three years ago, Dion Flannery, president of the company, told me. Between new jobs and backfilling positions, the company will be hiring more than 1,000 pilots and additional employees in the next year.

“We’ve been at this for a while,” Flannery said. “We were an anonymous entity. I’m happy to say that’s not the case anymore. We’ve been building a brand and extending it internally and externally.”

With parent company American Airlines Group pushing it into ever more cities, the once-low-key US Airways regional subsidiary is looking to transform into a national brand, one of 10 regional subsidiaries that fly smaller jets to airports of all sizes around the country.

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PSA Airlines selects IFS Maintenix as its maintenance management solution

Continued focus on quality and compliance underpins regional carrier’s transition to a more modern, scalable IT solution.

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that PSA Airlines (PSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and one of the fastest growing regional operators in North America, has selected IFS Maintenix to support its enterprise-wide fleet maintenance management needs.

This latest deal comes on the heels of other recent contracts with leading airlines such as Copa Airlines, Cape Air and Southwest Airlines, and reflects the IFS Maintenix software’s expanding footprint among operators of all sizes across the Americas.

It is the first order to be announced since the IFS acquisition of Mxi closed in January 2017.

As a flourishing carrier owned by the largest airline in the world, PSA recently embarked on a strategic growth plan that has seen its fleet more than double from 49 aircraft to 115 since 2014, with plans to operate up to 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft. To meet evolving operational demands, the airline was looking to replace its legacy maintenance system with a modern, scalable software solution that could significantly reduce reliance on manual processes and drive greater standardization and process efficiencies across its maintenance management chain.

Following an extensive market review, PSA selected IFS Maintenix as its maintenance IT system 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.

“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,” said Gary Pratt, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering at PSA Airlines. “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.”

Scott Helmer, SVP, Aviation and Defense at IFS added, “It is always a tremendous source of pride when a respected organization such as PSA Airlines joins our growing customer community. This relationship is indicative of aviation services providers recognizing the inherent business gains that come with using a system that can deliver on the promise of standard, lean and predictable aviation maintenance. We look forward to working closely with PSA Airlines in helping them continue to be among the top brand names in the regional airlines market.”

IFS Maintenix is a fully-integrated, web-enabled and mobile-ready software platform specifically built to address the complete spectrum of aviation maintenance in a single integrated business solution. It features capabilities including controlled workflow, graphical maintenance planning, point-of-maintenance access to real-time information, and paperless execution and compliance, enabling aviation organizations of all sizes to maximize the revenue potential of their mission-critical aviation assets. For more information, please visit www.mxi.com/.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 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, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport,  Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

About IFS

IFS™ develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,300 employees supports more than one million users worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com

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PSA Airlines Launches Partnership with Pilot Credentials and Coradine for Pilot Logbook Software

PSA Airlines today announced its partnership with Pilot Credentials and Coradine to offer its pilots access to LogTen Pro X, the world’s most advanced pilot logbook software. One of the main benefits of this partnership is offering free access to PSA’s Cadet Program pilots, providing the necessary tools for cadets to log, monitor, and effectively mark all of their flight time. LogTen Pro X helps cadets achieve their goals, save time, improve safety, ensure legality, and grows with them to serve their needs throughout their career. PSA is the first regional airline to offer this benefit to its pilots, which enables them to use the software to export data directly to the Pilot Credentials system. Pilot Credentials is the leading app for pilots to conveniently maintain a comprehensive pilot profile, all in one place.

“This partnership truly shows the innovation and industry-leading Cadet Program that PSA has to offer its partner schools and future cadets,” said Blake Ditlow, PSA Airlines Captain and Pilot Cadet Mentor. “To be able to partner with Coradine on this project is something that will help our cadets exceed in the professional aviation world.”

“As a mentor for PSA Airlines Cadet Pilots I highly encourage the use of an electronic logbook like LogTen Pro X,” said Palmer Lintz, PSA Airlines First Officer and Pilot Cadet Mentor. “Being able to log, view, and analyze flight times with the click of a button is incredibly valuable.”

“The simplicity and ease of LogTen Pro X allows our Cadet Instructors to focus on their primary job of teaching while being able to see the instant result of these activities on their own goals, ” said Belinda Burnett, Chief Flight Instructor, Cochise College Aviation.

PSA Airlines was among the first regional carriers to launch its 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 14 schools and expects that list to continue to grow.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 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, Washington, D.C., 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 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft, bringing its fleet count to 150.

PSA Airlines and Florida Institute of Technology Sign Cadet Program Agreement Helping Move the Most Promising Pilots from the Classroom to the Cockpit

Officials from PSA Airlines and Florida Institute of Technology at the signing ceremony.

Officials from PSA Airlines and Florida Institute of Technology at the signing ceremony.

Officials from PSA Airlines and Florida Institute of Technology formally signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed Florida Institute of Technology as a Cadet Program partner on April 1, 2017.

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 14 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 industry leading first-year pay, and with a true pilot flow through agreement to American Airlines, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.

PSA Airlines and SkyWarrior Sign Rotor Transition Program Agreement

PSA leadership and members of the recruiting team with representatives from SkyWarrior.

PSA Airlines and SkyWarrior Inc. formally signed an industry-leading Rotor Transition Program agreement helping military rotor pilots transition to commercial aviation. PSA is partnering with Pensacola-based SkyWarrior and will contribute up to $23,000 toward flight-time requirements to help military rotor pilots achieve Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certification. Most military rotor pilots qualify for the Federal Aviation Administration’s lowest-minimum R-ATP. Although many of these pilots have the 750-hour total time, they fall short of the 250-hour fixed-wing Pilot in Command (PIC) requirement or 25-hour multi-engine requirement.

PSA’s Rotor Transition Program is different from other programs and offers more to pilots in the flexibility and affordability of the program. The program offers pilots the choice on how to fund getting flight hours and no GI bill use is required. Pilots can also build hours on their time, as long as it is completed in three months. Partnering with SkyWarrior also provides pilots the most competitive price-per-flight-hour in an affordable location, Pensacola, FL.

PSA’s new Rotor Transition Program initiative is just one way PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country, 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. For more information, click here.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 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, Washington, D.C., 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 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, bringing its fleet count to 150.