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The Faces of PSA – Meet John Corbett

Name: John Corbett

Title: Flight Attendant

How long have you worked for PSA? 2 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? PSA is first airline job. Worked in IT before that and many years in Hospitality.

What brought you to PSA? I was between jobs and a friend who is a FA for a different airline suggested I apply. I have always liked to travel and have lived in many cities so it just made sense to try.

Recently, you had a passenger who had the unique talent of folding dollar bills into jets and elephants. Can you describe the experience? I was working first class when this nice older man and his lady friend boarded. HFaces of PSA - John Corbette stopped and handed me a dollar bill folded up into an elephant. He gave the captain a folded up jet and expressed the desire to give one to the rest of the crew. They were very sweet and sat in first class. They were on their way to Hawaii to attend his son’s wedding. Two uniformed soldiers sat in front of them in the first row and it wasn’t long before he engaged the soldiers in conversation and was showing them his talent of folding dollar bills. The two soldiers were fascinated and for the rest of the trip the man taught them how to fold bills. It was heartwarming to watch these young people who could have been shipping out to training or overseas laughing and connecting to this sweet older couple.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? I’ll be honest, it has to be the commute. Not living in your base adds a challenge to this job. But, I live in South Florida, and it’s worth it.

What are some of your hobbies? Well, travel obviously, going to the beach, hearing music with friends, and photography, especially sunsets and sunrises.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people I work with. I have met some wonderful coworkers, some much younger than me, but good all are good friends. Management is receptive and caring.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Sure, I would recommend PSA. If you want to do this job and, believe me, it’s not for everyone, this is a good place to land, as they care about you and you feel like you are on a team.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people think Flight Attendants are just there just to make drinks, but there is so much more to this job. We are safety professionals who are the first responders of any emergency that can happen in the air. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing happy passengers who are glad to get where they needed to safely. Taking a child into the flight deck to sit next to the pilot and seeing the joy on his/her face.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was adopted and recently did an Ancestry DNA search. I am going to pursue it further and find relatives in Italy, and when I do, I am going to fly over there and meet them.

PSA’s Cadet Partner School List Continues to Grow

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00161PSA Airlines has signed partnership agreements with two more schools as it makes a bid to hire 1,000 people in short order.The airline announced Thursday partnerships with Purdue University, as well as Liberty University, aimed at helping their students come aboard as pilots. As the fastest-growing regional and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, PSA is on track to see both its fleet and workforce triple. The Cadet Program at PSA Airlines, allows pilots from partner schools who accept employment from PSA to receive a $16,520 signing bonus.

“Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program,” PSA said in a statement. “Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots.”

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PSA Airlines & Purdue Aviation Launch Training Partnership

purdue Aviation dayPSA Airlines, the fastest-growing wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and Purdue Aviation have announced a partnership to “fast-track” Purdue University and Purdue Aviation flight students to become commercial airline pilots.

Through the cadet partnership, Purdue Aviation will be designated a PSA Airlines flight training academy partner. Purdue pilots accepting employment from PSA will receive a $16,520 signing bonus, the university and the airline said in a joint statement this week.

“The airline industry provides incredibly well-paying careers for individuals that are willing to take advantage of this opportunity” Scott Niswonger, chairman of Purdue Aviation, said in the statement. “The timing for this partnership is particularly good, given the challenging environment to find qualified pilots.”

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PSA Airlines and Liberty University Sign Cadet Program Agreement Helping Move the Most Promising Pilots from the Classroom to the Cockpit

LibertyUniversityLogoOfficials from PSA Airlines and Liberty University signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed Liberty University as a Cadet Program partner on May 3, 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 $16,520 in tuition reimbursement. PSA has partnerships with 15 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.

The Faces of PSA – Meet Aaron Shuntich

Faces of PSA - aaron shuntichName: Aaron Shuntich

Title: GSP Maintenance Manager

How long have you worked for PSA? 7 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 7 years, I started my career in the airline industry with PSA after graduating from PIA (Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics).

What made you want to go into aviation maintenance? While in high school, our vocational school started offering aviation maintenance. I liked working with tools and loved knowing how things work. Put together with being fascinated with aircraft, I decided to give it a shot and really enjoyed it.

What brought you to PSA? I came to PSA as a maintenance mechanic looking to further my career. 

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the overall production of the GSP maintenance base.  I ensure that all aircraft leave in a safe and timely manner.  I lead and support the GSP maintenance team.

How has your career progression gone at PSA? In 2010, I started with PSA as a mechanic at our Akron base. In 2015, I accepted the maintenance supervisor position for our first new base since becoming a wholly-owned of American at CVG. First, starting as line maintenance in CVG, then growing into a successful hangar operation. Our next maintenance base to be planned was GSP where I accepted the position of maintenance manager in mid-2016 and started operations November 2016.

What is the biggest difference you’ve seen at PSA from the time you started to now? The biggest change I have seen in PSA is definitely size. When I started, we had only 49 aircraft and 3 maintenance bases. Our ability to take on such rapid growth in such a short amount of time makes me proud to call myself a team member of PSA.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? One of the biggest challenges I have faced so far in my career with PSA has been building the GSP maintenance base and team. While this has been one of my biggest challenges, it has also been one of the most rewarding experiences.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Daytona Beach, FL

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy traveling, motorcycle trips, and spending time with my family

What do you love about working for PSA? I love the atmosphere and culture of PSA.  It is big business with small family values.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, I would recommend PSA.  They are care about their employees and allow their employees to grow within the company. 

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people may not realize the extra hours that each base manager puts in.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Watching each of my employees grow individually and as a team.

Tell us something no one knows about you:  I am an avid shooter and gun collector. My favorite gun in my collection would have to be my smith & Wesson 500 magnum pistol.