Faces of PSA – Meet John Car

Faces of PSA - John CarName: John Car

Title: Base Manager of Aircraft Maintenance CLT

How long have you worked for PSA? Started with PSA in March of 2016

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I started my career in the aviation industry in 1985. After obtaining my A&P license, my first aviation job was working for a general aviation facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shortly after, I was hired on with Suburban Airlines out of Reading, PA. Suburban was part of Allegheny Airlines, which later merged with the USAir express family of airlines. Suburban operated a fleet of Shorts 330, 360 turboprops, and Fokker F27’s. I enjoyed my time with Suburban and was mentored by seasoned AMT’s who had long careers in the aviation industry, some that started in the early 50s. I was then hired on by USAir in 1987 and worked both Philadelphia and Detroit line maintenance. At the time, this was the pinnacle of my AMT career. I enjoyed my time working for USAir and the training I received on the fleet of Boeing aircraft which USAir operated. The line was a completely different place at that time. Back then, AMT’s handled the marshalling of aircraft to the gates and handled push backs. In 1992, I transferred to Charlotte heavy maintenance where I made many friends during that time. I still see my old comrades on the line occasionally. I resigned from USAir in 1999 to pursue my career in the IT industry and started an IT company called Nulegend Technologies and served in the capacity as MIS director for a large architectural firm, Odell Associates. However, I continued to remain active in aviation as a Pilot/AMT flying corporate single-engine aircraft. I maintained the airworthiness of a number of aircraft and performed all necessary inspections.

What brought you to PSA? In the big scope of life, sometimes it’s important to reevaluate what direction one is headed in. I did that evaluation and felt led to enter back into the field of aviation maintenance. The opportunity presented itself to come back as an AMT for PSA Airlines. I wanted to immerse myself in the industry as an AMT and learn all the new processes that have changed over the years. I desired to, eventually, move into a management position and use my business management skills to improve the process to drive performance at PSA. What better place to learn other than being on the front line as an AMT? It gave me a unique perspective to interact with my fellow AMT’s and learn what our strengths and weaknesses are as a company. It also gave me the opportunity to see if I still had what it took to be a frontline AMT in the airline industry.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the overall production of the CLT maintenance base and the overall airworthiness of aircraft operated by PSA Airlines. I plan, direct, lay out and coordinate the activities of aircraft line maintenance, which currently averages 260 flights daily. I run and manage the CLT overnight maintenance facility to minimize delays, and I also manage over 100 maintenance technicians. My other duties are to prepare written reports of work accomplished, ensure all instructions pertinent to safety are properly observed and that all personnel at the station fully understand and comply with existing safety regulations.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Our exponential growth rate. In the past several months I have hired over 50 AMTs which requires balancing scheduling and workloads based on experience levels of our new AMTs.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Only one? I met my wife on Singer Island in Florida … that was a sweet trip! The Cayman Islands are beautiful, especially during winter months. The Bahama Islands were a treat for our family, especially when our children were young! Montana and Yellowstone are very impressive. The colors in the Smoky Mountains during fall are fantastic. Germany was an interesting trip where I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ruschmeyer, the designer of the line of Ruschmeyer R 90 general aviation aircraft.

What are some of your hobbies? As a pilot, I love to fly, but I have recently taken on a new hobby-building and flying FPV racing drones. First Person View is like flying a Stars Wars pod racer. Exhilarating! I have also obtained my FAA Part 107 remote pilot’s license.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people! I love my team of AMTs that I’ve had the pleasure of working with on the line and my team of supervisors who I depend on to keep CLT operations and production at top performance. CLT has an incredible group of professionals which keep our birds flying safely on a daily basis.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, absolutely! I highly recommend PSA to anyone who loves to be challenged and is looking for an opportunity to advance their career in the aviation industry.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Besides my managerial position in CLT, I wear other hats, as well – counselor, mentor, coach and friend.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing new AMTs advance in their careers and move on to other roles in the company.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I have been married to my beautiful wife, Val, going on 27 years and have two beautiful grown daughters, Lisa and Joanna, who I am extremely proud of.