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.
On Saturday, January 30th, we welcomed nearly 40 flight and aeronautical engineering students from Purdue University to get a behind-the-scenes tour of PSA. Click here for additional pictures from the event.
The students toured our Operation Control Center, state-of-the-art Training Center, and Maintenance Hangar. Students met with PSA staff and got to hear first-hand what it is like to work at the fastest growing regional airline in the country.
“Awesome day spent at PSA Airlines at their Dayton training and maintenance facilities! Gave a nice preview of what to expect in a little less than 4 years!” – Thomas Sherringham, Purdue Student
Purdue University is one of PSA’s partner schools in our industry-leading Cadet Program. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement. Click here to learn more.