Faces of PSA – Meet Chris Salup

Faces of PSA - Chris Salup mechanicName: Chris Salup

Title: A&P Mechanic

How long have you worked for PSA? I have been working at PSA for just over one year.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? PSA Airlines is my first airline. Prior to that, I spent two and a half years in general aviation as the sole A&P mechanic of a flight school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

What brought you to PSA? I attended an aircraft maintenance career fair in Clearwater, Florida. PSA was the first booth I approached. I was satisfied with the opportunity and benefits that PSA could give me. I interviewed on the spot. Afterwards, I accepted an offer at PSA Airlines in Charlotte, NC.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: My duty is to ensure our passengers and crew can safely and comfortably travel on our jets. I perform many different tasks. On any given day I can be performing engine runs, taxiing aircraft, checking complex systems, troubleshooting and correcting faults, and inspecting critical to flight components and controls.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Probably the greatest challenge at the moment is trying to teach our new mechanics about our maintenance practices and aircraft systems in a timely, safe, and correct manner. Everyone has a different style and pace of learning, trying to ensure the new technicians comprehend as much information I can provide is crucial. At times, we run into new faults in the aircraft, trying to diagnose the new fault and teach about it immediately can complicate that process.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Favorite place I have traveled to would have to be Seattle in the summer time. The combination of natural surroundings and unique city culture in that region are breath taking.

What are some of your hobbies? In my spare time, I fly. I am currently building towards my commercial pilot rating. I also travel using the company benefits to places I have never been before.

Have you always wanted to become a pilot? Since I was a kid, it was always a dream to fly. I started my pilot training before I was a mechanic. I actually worked at a flight school as a mechanic in exchange for flight time. This reduced my training time and flying expenses greatly. Part of my job at the flight school was to fly the airplanes I worked on. We also had customer aircraft from other airports that I would fly to our shop and then deliver back to the customer after the maintenance had been performed.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy being able to do many different things every single day. No two days at PSA are ever the same. That’s what makes this job so interesting.

Would you recommend PSA and why? PSA is a great place to start gaining experience on a relatively new fleet of airliners. These planes are not too complicated to learn. They set a good base on which to learn and build good maintenance skills, as long as the technician is willing to learn.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Some maintenance calls are less glorious than others, especially anything related to a lavatory.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Being able to travel on a plane that I have worked on, stare out of the window and watch the wings split through the clouds is the best reward for any type of maintenance I have done on these airliners.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I can speak three languages: English, German, and French.