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Faces of PSA – Meet Christian Roper

Faces of PSA - Christian RoperChristian Roper

Title: HR Cadet Pilot Recruiter

How long have you worked for PSA? I have been with PSA for six months.

How long have you been in the airline industry? PSA has given me my first opportunity in the airline industry.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: As an HR Cadet Pilot Recruiter, my role is to travel to our partnered schools across the nation and provide information to students about our Cadet Program. In addition to this, I plan and coordinate events at our partnered schools and assist with the strategy behind our Cadet Program.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? One of the biggest challenges of my job would be overcoming challenges with technology. Throughout the recruiting process, there are many stages in which we like to track candidates. With this comes many different systems that we use that may not sync, which can make tracking difficult.

How many roles have you had at PSA? Which is your favorite? I have only held one role with PSA.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? I have had the opportunity to travel to many places as a recruiter. As much as I would love to say Dayton, OH is my favorite, I will have to say Salt Lake City, UT is the best! The scenery was beautiful and, oddly, their jambalaya was delicious.

What are some of your hobbies? When I am not working, I enjoy hanging out with my wonderful fiancé Alicia and our dog Max. We enjoy spending time with our families, friends, taking hikes and traveling anytime we get the chance.

What do you love about working for PSA? I really enjoy working with members from our recruiting team, our pilot group and the opportunity to travel to different schools and learn more about different areas.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Of course! First off, PSA is a growing company in a robust industry. Being with this company provides many opportunities to learn and try something new. Not many companies allow you to use your creativity and PSA certainly does.

What did you do before coming to PSA? Prior to PSA I was a Project Coordinator for Wells Fargo Securities Campus Recruiting team supporting the Investment Banking and Sales Trading Internship Program.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people only see the surface of what we do in Recruiting. However, a lot goes on behind the scenes such as planning, coordinating and data reporting.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I have helped a young student who has aspired to be a pilot for as long as they can remember put their right foot forward and get them started on their pathway to the cockpit at PSA by joining our Cadet Program.

Tell us something no one knows about you: Prior to my job at PSA I had only flown a handful of times, now I think it’s safe to say I have caught the wanderlust bug!

PSA Airlines Appoints Loudmareddy Gumireddy as Vice President of Operations Planning and Performance

IMG_0634DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines has appointed Loudmareddy Gumireddy “Reddy” as Vice President of Operations Planning and Performance, reporting to Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. In this role, Reddy will be part of the airline’s executive team and will be responsible for overseeing the management of Flight Operational Resources including Crew Planning, Crew Resources, and Dispatch.

Reddy brings to PSA Airlines a wealth of experience in the area of airline operations and analytics. With more than 20 years in the industry, he has held many roles within US Airways, Sabre and American Airlines, supporting various departments such as Operation Research, Scheduling, and Operations Planning and Analysis. Reddy comes to PSA Airlines from American Airlines, where he currently serves as the Director of Operations Planning and Performance and has successfully integrated two separate operations planning departments following the US Airways/American Airlines merger.

“Reddy is a trusted leader who has successfully designed and implemented measurable changes that have had great impact on American’s operational performance,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “His track-record of building effective teams that work across departments to improve airline reliability is invaluable to PSA as we focus on delivering the best performance in the regional industry.”

As Vice President of Operations and Planning Performance, Reddy will be responsible for improving safety, reliability and productivity of airline operations. He will lead the implementation of technologies and analytics required to manage the complexity of today’s operation and setup the airline for future growth. Reddy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, an MBA and a master’s degree in Management Science with majors in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,500 employees operate more than 750 daily flights to more than 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina, with plans to open Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in May 2018. PSA has maintenance facilities in Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 36 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

 

PSA Airlines Announces Two New Crew Bases at Philadelphia International Airport and Norfolk International Airport

New Bases Announcement - PHL and ORFDAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines announced today that it plans to open two additional crew bases at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in May 2018.

With the PHL and ORF additions, PSA will have seven crew bases, joining Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“This is exciting news for PSA as we grow our operations and make smart additions to our network of crew bases to ensure top-notch performance for our customers,” said Keith Stamper – Vice President, Air Operations – PSA Airlines. “Today’s announcement is important for our employees as we grow our crew base footprint and provide more options for the best aviators in the business.”

As a major hub for its parent company, American Airlines, PHL is a well-supported market for PSA and makes for a strategic addition to its crew base portfolio. PSA currently operates 21 departures at PHL and that number will grow to 44 departures in May 2018. Adding a crew base where PSA has an overnight maintenance base in ORF, allows for streamlined operations and is a natural addition for crews to be based. The airline will offer seven daily departures from ORF in May 2018.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,500 employees operate more than 750 daily flights to more than 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP). Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 36 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

Faces of PSA – Meet Krista Morisen

Faces of PSA - Dispatcher Krista MorisenName: Krista Morisen

Title: Dispatcher

How long have you worked for PSA? About 8 months.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I just started in the airline industry. PSA is my first airline position. Prior to that, I worked as an EMT for several companies, including Seals Ambulance in Indianapolis, Dublin Fire & Rescue in Dublin, IN, and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, IN.

What brought you to PSA? Several things. I’m a member of a Facebook page and one my fellow members was a dispatch coordinator here. She brought me in to observe the Operational Control Center and I pretty much made up my mind that this was where I wanted to work.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I share joint operational control over flights with the Captain to ensure their safe and efficient completion. I determine flight routes, fuel needed, monitor the weather and advise the Captain of any changing conditions. I also have the ability to declare emergencies for Captains, if necessary.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Oftentimes, time management, handling multiple diversions simultaneously or other problems while still dispatching aircraft when weather is bad, especially when you’re still learning your job.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? For me, it’s Hawaii, specifically the islands of Maui and Kauai.

What are some of your hobbies? Flying, I’m working on my instrument rating with a goal of getting my commercial pilot’s certificate. Also, reading, writing fiction and walking in the woods with my dog.

What do you love about working for PSA? The team environment. No one is ever really left to their own devices, we’re here to help each other. Working in the OCC, I get to be a part of the heart of the airline while working with the soul of the airline.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, I would. I’ve found this is a great place to learn and to grow.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know? When things get busy, they get busy.  When weather hits, we have our hands full and we’re handling many fires at once.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Knowing that I have helped crews get their passengers to where they are going safely.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I am working to build a non-profit organization for female pilots at all stages of flight training to develop flight scholarships. I want to see more women on the flight deck. Recently, I developed a calendar of female pilots doing what they do best, being pilots.

Cadet Spotlight- Hector Sanchez and Evan Kerr

social graphicEvan Kerr is a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a senior cadet in the PSA Cadet Program. He realized he wanted a career in aviation after he flew a Boeing Strearman for his 13th birthday. Learn more about Evan’s experience in the PSA Cadet Program:

Why did you decide to join PSA’s Cadet Program?

I decided to join PSA’s Cadet Program because of a former instructor who joined PSA. After contacting a pilot recruiter about the cadet program I realized the potential I had to grow within the program and become a part of the airline industry while still being in college.

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of having a Mentor?

The biggest benefit of having a mentor is having someone to reach out to when you have any bumps in the road throughout flight training or academic classes. Plus, they are always sharing information and cool facts about PSA and giving an inside look to what it will be like to be an airline pilot for PSA.

A general statement regarding your school, the Cadet program, or your Mentor?

Embry-Riddle now has the most students in the PSA Cadet Program and I am thrilled to be a part of it. With the PSA/American Airlines Group Cadet Club, our cadet program has been able to grow and positively impact students in the Cadet Program and even those who aren’t yet a part of it at Riddle.

 

Hector Sanchez is a PSA Captain and Cadet Mentor for ERAU. He has been a part of the cadet program for one year.

What are the best features of this program?

The best feature of the PSA Cadet Program is the opportunity for mentorship. The cadets have the chance to interact and learn firsthand experiences from PSA pilots, before becoming pilots themselves. PSA Leaders, instructors and pilots offer cadets support for their success at PSA and on their path to American Airlines.

What have you done, personally to ensure your Cadets are making the most of their involvement with the Cadet Program?

Just like in the flight deck, the most important thing is communication. I constantly communicate with my cadets either on a one-on-one basis or via group messages. I provide them the most up-to-date information not just about PSA but also the aviation industry. This is an evolving industry and communication is key to their success and growth. I also visit Embry- Riddle regularly and attend events where I can interact personally and share my stories.

Any statement you wish to include regarding your Cadets, the program or PSA?

My cadets are an outstanding group of individuals. They are determined and focused to better themselves by completing new certificates, becoming flight instructors, studying abroad and by giving back to their school and community. I am humble to be a part of my cadets’ life changing experiences and help them along the way. I know I will fly with them on day and can’t wait for that moment. These cadets are not only a great addition to the PSA family but to the future of our industry. They are our future chief pilots, instructors, captains, etc.