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PSA’s Rotor Transition Program Takes Off

SMALL VERSIONPSA recently launched its RTP program and announced its partnership with Skywarrior Inc. to bring former military helicopter pilots into commercial aviation to fly its aircraft. Many military pilots have the 750 hours of flight time required for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certification to pilot a commercial aircraft. But, many of these pilots are short on the requirement for 250 hours in command of a fixed wing aircraft, as well as a 25-hour requirement to fly a multi-engine aircraft.

PSA President Dion Flannery said this program would be a creative solution to help it bring in new talent as it seeks to hire another 1,000 employees, many of them pilots.

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The Faces of PSA – Meet Luis Vazquez

Faces of PSA - Luis VasquezName: Luis Vazquez

Title: First Officer, based at CVG

How long have you worked for PSA? Since March 2016. 

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 13 months

What brought you to PSA? The reason why I came to PSA as a first airline was the word of mouth was good among other aviators. (PSA) was gaining a good reputation among candidates looking to land a job in the airline environment. And, secondly, I ended up making my decision based on a recommendation from an instructor I used to have that had joined PSA in the previous years.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am a First Officer at PSA. I also hold a CFI certificate.

How long have you wanted to be a pilot? I wanted to be a pilot since I was 5 years old, a dream that never left me and that I fully pursued after my scoring goals days were over. I’m loving my career now more than ever.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Japan. I love the culture overall. They are very respectful people with a vision of progress in society – all ages, all levels of society. Also, the lifestyle, the food and, of course, the ladies (haha).

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy music, traveling and eating good food. I like to play and watch sports. I have traveled around the world.

What do you love about working for PSA? I like the work environment. Almost all of the people I’ve worked with have been great and I enjoy meeting with new people and crew. It has been such a great experience.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, I would tell him/her that it is a good place to work, with a lot of flight opportunities, and with a lot of room for expansion and advancement. We do get to fly a lot and there’s potential for advancement. People around have been helpful! Definitely glad I chose PSA.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The training and job experience has been very rewarding. 

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was an ex-professional soccer player back in the day, when I used to be in good shape! I played soccer professionally in Mexico for two years on a team called Veracruz. Then, I got a full scholarship to play college in the US at St Gregory’s University in Oklahoma. I played forward/wing position, scoring goals. I come from a family of professional soccer players in Mexico, including the leading scorer in World Cups for the Mexican National Team (my cousin Luis Hernandez). I can also speak Spanish, a little bit of Japanese, French and Italian.

PSA Partners with Smashfly to Help Hiring Soar to New Heights

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00161PSA recently partnered with Smashfly Technologies as a new Total Recruitment Marketing Platform to achieve its goal of hiring at least 1,100 new pilots and 900 additional employees in the next two years. In 2016 the Regional Airline Association reported that 40% of open pilot jobs had gone unfilled, which for the airlines means parked aircraft and reduced flying. By using SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing software, PSA will ensure it can meet its hiring goals by connecting with the right people who can propel PSA’s business success. This new tool with help target and optimize their strategy.

Christine Wampach, Director of Recruiting – Flight Operations, PSA Airlines

“In the challenging talent market of pilots, our hiring goals would be incredibly difficult without the right software and proactive talent acquisition strategy in place. We selected SmashFly because its Total Recruitment Marketing Platform is the best solution to centrally manage our entire recruiting strategy and can arm us with the intelligence to see — with true clarity — where candidates are active and in which positions they’re interested. This level of insight will help us meet our hiring goals and remain competitive in the regional airline business.”

Corianne Waller, Director of Recruiting, PSA Airlines

“With an additional 35 planes expected to be added to our fleet, PSA is focused on ramping up across all divisions. In particular, we’re working on developing a pipeline of licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics who are interested in applying their skills from the nose to the tail of our new CRJ aircraft. SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing software will help us find, attract and hire the best possible talent who are the right fit for our culture.”

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PSA’s New Partnership with IFS Maintenix Means Opportunity

As PSGLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00189A continues to grow to a fleet of 150 Bombardier CRJ Aircraft the need for a change in their maintenance system became imperative. In order to meet the demands and eliminate the remaining manual processes they partnered with IFS Maintenix to deliver complete lifecycle MRO functionality across the engineering, planning, line maintenance and materials management departments. By enabling more real-time, automated maintenance management, PSA Airlines is taking the necessary steps to meeting strategic objectives while staying focused on their mission of safety, quality and compliance.

Gary Pratt, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering at PSA Airlines commented: “In this competitive market, PSA Airlines prides itself on providing customers with the highest degree of customer service and operational performance that comes from well-maintained aircraft, professional and dedicated staff, and on-time passenger services delivery. Throughout the evaluation process, it readily became apparent that IFS Maintenix was the right solution capable of meeting our needs for a modern, flexible, and user-friendly approach to maintenance management and compliance control.”

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The Faces of PSA – Meet Debbie Nisonger

Faces of PSA - Debbie NisongerName: Debbie Nisonger

Title: Technical Publications Specialist – Maintenance

How long have you worked for PSA? I started working at PSA in March 2004 when the Dornier aircrafts were phasing out and CRJs were arriving.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Starting my 14th year with PSA.

Where did you work before PSA? I worked at Corning Inc in Greenville, OH, for 19 years.

What brought you to PSA? The Greenville Corning plant shut down and went overseas, so I went to college and got an Associate Degree in Business-Administrative Assistant.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Technical Publications Specialist for Maintenance. The Technical Publications Specialist – Mtx is responsible for PSA-created maintenance manuals, emergency and safety procedure manuals, and other manuals as assigned, which includes making the necessary corrections and scheduling the copying/printing and performing the physical distribution.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Making sure all the typos are corrected in the markups given to me including catching my own typos. Also, coordinating with others to make sure deadlines are met.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Zurich, Switzerland and the surrounding area. Although Zurich is a large city, it still felt like small town. It helped I had a nephew living there at the time and he was my own personal tour guide.

What are some of your hobbies? I am the Regent of Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. We focus on historical preservation and Veterans. I also am involved in several local community committees. Of course, hanging out with my two granddaughters, family and friends are my top priority.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy the people and my job duties. Everyone in the Maintenance Department is great to work with.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Absolutely, although PSA is growing, it still feels like family.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: That I work on several different manuals at a time and am constantly changing gears. Thank goodness, I am organized, well most of the time. LOL

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Loving what I am doing. Of course, the travel benefits are a plus.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I owned and trained my own racehorse. I can brag she made her lifetime mark while training in my stable. My son is a professional horse trainer and driver in Ohio and surrounding states.