Name: Pete Demers
Title: Ground Training Supervisor
How long have you worked for PSA? I’ve been with PSA just over two years.
What brought you to PSA? The opportunity to work at a company with growth, both in the company, and professional growth opportunities and to relocate closer to my wife’s family in Northwest Ohio.
How long have you been in the airline industry? PSA is my first 121 carrier, however I’ve been in the aviation industry since 2000. My previous roles have mainly been in flight instruction, flight training management focusing on FAA Part 141 schools, and 135 flight operations.
Give us a brief overview of what you do: My primary role as the Ground Training Supervisor is to manage the ground training portions of the pilot new hire, recurrent and upgrade classes. This includes overseeing instructor staffing and scheduling, developing courseware and being a point of contact for students during training in Dayton. There are a number of secondary duties to help support the training department and flight operations as well, including flying the line as a First Officer.
Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? It’s hard to think of a favorite. As a pilot, I’ve been able to fly into some pretty interesting places and have been able to explore new cities.
What are some of your hobbies? I’ve always been a bit of a history buff, and now living in the Dayton area has really appealed to the aviation nerd in me learning about the Wright Brothers’ background and history. In the summer, my wife I and love to explore the bike trails throughout the area.
What do you love about working for PSA? I would have to say the people at PSA and the opportunities that exist here. I have a great team of instructors I enjoy working with and leadership that is supportive of the department and professional development. When interacting with other departments, I’ve found everyone to be friendly and willing to help out.
Would you recommend PSA and why? I would (and have) recommended PSA to friends and former students. As a company, PSA has a lot of things going for them and great opportunities.
Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: I think most people don’t realize the challenges or how encompassing the training department really is. Beyond the normal day to day teaching of systems and procedures, we are developing content for the future, looking at new ways to efficiently and effectively deliver content.
What has been the most rewarding part of your job? I’ve always found it rewarding to share my knowledge and passion for aviation with others. I had a boss in the flight training world and we would say to each other on the most stressful days: “We’re making dreams come true.” As Clichéd and cheesy as that may sounds, it’s a great feeling to be walking through an airport and seeing pilots who have come through training and are living out their dreams and know I helped them get there in some way.
Tell us something no one knows about you: Not really a secret that no one knows, but more of a fun-fact: Years ago at an airshow in Florida, I had the honor of meeting Gen. Paul Tibbets who flew the Enola Gay and dropped the first atomic bomb.