With an outdated training computer lab, PSA was looking for a major makeover when it came to their new training solution. The Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite for the CRJ 700/900 was the solution they had been seeking and more.
Prior to the Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite, PSA employed a desktop computer based training program that was 15 years old. PSA Pilots were required to spend at least 20 hours on-site at the training facility’s computer lab to complete the training. This training had known errors and was extremely difficult and time consuming to update, and work around.
PSA was also looking to deploy iPads into its training footprint and needed a solution that would be compatible with that platform. They understood the value of the pilots being able access the content outside of the classroom in a learning environment most conducive for them. As well as the importance of providing the opportunity for the pilots to go through the training at their own pace and review the content as necessary.
With the tremendous growth that PSA had undergone, it has also increased the amount of training conducted. PSA needed to incorporate a scalable solution that would not only improve the quality of training, but make it more efficient.
With the incorporation of ETHOS, PSA was able to overcome their challenges and meet its desired needs. PSA chose some additional options that included the fully free-play Flight Management Systems Trainer (FMST) and a customized ACARS Trainer.
“This product was a multifaceted solution for PSA because of the suite of applications. The Systems Training, FMS and ACARS Trainer and the Cockpit Familiarization tool all have significant positive impacts on how our pilots study and train. The FMS free-play program gives pilots the opportunity to practice FMS programming, allowing them the extra practice needed to become proficient with this critical skill.”
– Lucas Bowden, PSA Ground Training Supervisor
Since the legacy training product was so difficult to update, it was important that a new solution could overcome this with simple and easy updates. ETHOS provides PSA the ability to push new updates to each device when they become available which reduces the burden on the training department and ensures that the pilots are accessing the most current, up-to-date content.
ETHOS content is deployed both online and via an application on the iPad. Pilots can access ETHOS via the iPad with or without Wi-Fi while still enabling their progress to be tracked via the Aerosim Learning Management System.
“The ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite has allowed PSA pilots the flexibility to study and review aircraft systems at their own pace, when and where they want. With the mobile platform, pilots can study virtually anywhere they feel comfortable.”
– Lucas Bowden, PSA Ground Training Supervisor
Since the implementation of ETHOS , PSA has seen a benefit from the FMST offering that they had not previously expected. Because the FMST is offered on the iPad, it has now become invaluable to them. With increased amount of training that PSA now conducts, the time with FMS trainers is limited as the physical FMS CDUs are very expensive. Pilots can practice FMS programming at any time within the ETHOS application on their company issued iPads. Due to the positive feedback from pilots, PSA is currently reviewing additional Aerosim solutions to implement.
The ETHOS Training Suite allows me to study away from the training center and allows me to better manage my study habits.
– Jim, PSA Pilot
In addition, after training, pilots can continue to access the Aerosim ETHOS Systems Knowledge Suite to continue to review the training content, either on an iPad or online. Due to the positive feedback from pilots who have used ETHOS and the resulting more efficient and effective training footprint, PSA is currently reviewing additional Aerosim solutions to implement.
The ETHOS System is broken into logical modules and is much easier to retain.
– Dean, PSA Pilot
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group and operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s more than 2,400 employees operate nearly 600 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. As of year-end 2015, PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ 700 Aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen Aircraft.
About Aerosim Technologies, Inc
Aerosim delivers leading edge training services and technologies that provide value through customized training solutions. The company is dedicated to innovation that is supported by a strong foundation of simulation-based training products in use with commercial air carriers and training organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Burnsville, MN, Aerosim has three major focus areas that include: Primary Pilot Training through Certified Flight Instructor at Aerosim Flight Academy, type rating services for initial and recurrent training through Aerosim Training Solutions and simulation-based technologies provided by Aerosim Technologies, which supports pilot training curriculums.
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PSA Airlines is putting electronic flight plans, weather updates, schedule changes and more right in its pilots’ hands with its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program. An EFB, which replaces more than 35 pounds of paper-based reference material and manuals that pilots often carried in their carry-on kitbag, offers numerous benefits for PSA and its pilots. The project is another example of how PSA airlines is looking to the future to incorporate new and exciting ways to bring technology to the forefront of the way they handle day-to-day business.
With EFBs, pilots can view detailed weather, route and airport information. Aircraft manuals and company documents can be easily accessed and searched in electronic format. Simple interfaces will ensure that all material on the device can easily be updated with the most current approved versions. All EFBs will have 4G LTE connectivity on the ground, and pilots can save information for easy access while in the air. This upgrade will put mainline pilots at American Airlines and its wholly owned regional pilots on a common software system.
PSA Director of Training Darren Hall said, “The implementation of the EFB program is a positive step forward for PSA and our pilot group. The requirement for tedious manual revision and lugging a heavy flight bag through the airport is a thing of the past for our flight crew. The company also benefits with electronic means to remain in regulatory compliance, reduced basic operating weight, and more efficient communications.”
Forty PSA pilots have already received fully-configured Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, as part of a test program. The feedback from these pilots will be used to validate the program and receive final FAA authorization later this year.
The move to EFBs is a cost-saving measure for PSA and its parent company, American Airlines. With the iPad replacing the weight of the manuals and luggage, the program helps save on fuel.
PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is expanding its bonus program for new-hire pilots. In addition to the $10,000 signing bonus all new-hire pilots receive, PSA will now offer up to $5,000 for new-hire pilots who have 1,000 hours of Part 135, Part 121 or any combination of the two.
PSA is committed to remaining competitive in the dynamic regional marketplace and the expansion of its bonus program to provide additional benefits to pilots with Part 135 experience helps ensure it attracts and retains the best and brightest pilots in the regional business.
PSA’s existing industry-leading employment opportunity offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry with rapid advancement opportunities and an unmatched pilot flow through program to the largest airline in the world – American Airlines. PSA is a healthy and stable carrier with a defined fleet and growth plan and the airline plays a vital role in American’s long-term regional network. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and now operates 106 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 regional jets.
PSA, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, is the fastest growing regional carrier under the American Eagle brand. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size and will grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft over the next two years. With this immense amount of growth comes unparalleled opportunities for our new-hire pilots.
Perhaps the largest benefit to becoming a PSA pilot is where your career can take you from here. PSA is a part of American Airlines, which gives its pilots advancement opportunities few other regionals can match – the most significant being seniority-based flow through that creates a direct career path from PSA to American. This flow agreement provides a certain and valuable career path to the largest network carrier in the world with the most advanced fleet of aircraft. In 2016, PSA will flow 60 pilots to American all while growing our airline at the same time. As we continue to grow, so does our commitment to flow more pilots each month to American.
PSA’s bright and promising future offers even more comprehensive benefits to our new pilots, including:
- An up to $15,000 sign-on bonus. A $10,000 bonus, with an additional $5,000 available to pilots with 1,000 or more hours of Part 121 experience.
- Fast upgrade time and flow to American is estimated in just over six years.
- A current and growing fleet of 43 brand new CRJ-900 Next Generation aircraft, 26 CRJ-700 and 35 CRJ-200s deployed into regional and mid-sized communities in the American network.
- Our well-established pilot training cadre offers fully-subsidized ATP-CTP course certification enabling new pilots to immediately join the next First Officer class.
- With bases in CVG, DAY, TYS and the second largest hub in the American system, CLT, there are many quality, low cost of living opportunities to be based.
- The most flexible scheduling capabilities in the regional airline business.
- Reduced reserve time for first officers and captains.
And, as a part of the American family, employees have travel benefits on the largest network in the world covering five continents and more than 330 destinations. Traveling the world on your free time is a huge perk.
It’s a great time to join PSA to be part of an expanding carrier that plays a vital role for American today, tomorrow and into the future. Come join our team and watch your career take flight!
PSA Airlines Announces a $15,000 New-hire Pilot Sign On Bonus
PSA Airlines today announced an enhanced sign-on bonus program of up to $15,000 for new-hire pilots. This valuable addition enhances PSA’s existing industry-leading employment opportunities which offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry and an unmatched pilot flow through program to American Airlines.
“In this dynamic regional marketplace, PSA is committed to ensuring it remains competitive to support the wisest and most stable career path in the regional business,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “As one of the healthiest and most stable carriers in the industry, this increased sign-on bonus further strengthens the value of a PSA career, one that starts with rapid advancement opportunities and leads to a job as a pilot for the world’s largest airline – American.”
Effective immediately, PSA is tripling the current value of its $5,000 sign-on bonus program to offer new-hire pilots up to $15,000. A $10,000 bonus, with an additional $5,000 available to pilots with 1,000 or more hours of Part 121 experience, will be paid out after entering an employment agreement with the company.
As a thriving carrier owned by the largest airline in the world, PSA has a defined and committed fleet and growth plan, playing an important role in American’s long-term regional network. Since 2013, PSA has doubled its size from 49 aircraft to more than 100 aircraft today and will continue to grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft. As a result of this established plan, PSA is poised to hire more than 500 pilots per year over the next several years.
Today’s announcement builds on the success of a sustained recruitment platform which includes the recent introduction and continued development of the airline’s Cadet Program. The program helps the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit and offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves. For more information about the benefits offered to PSA’s pilots, please visit: http://www.psaairlines.com/careers/pilots.