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PSA Leaders Met For Second Annual Leadership Meeting

The PSA Leadership team, including managers, directors and vice presidents met earlier this week for the second Annual PSA Leadership Meeting.

With a focus on the well-being of our employees, leaders had the opportunity to begin the day with stress-relief activities including guided meditation and massage. The highlight of the morning was a special visit from therapy puppies represented by 4 Paws for Ability. The puppies are currently in training to be service dogs for children with disabilities and offered the team a chance to decompress before kicking off the agenda.

The team kicked off the meeting by celebrating successes of 2017, recognizing important milestones and accomplishments. The focus on the strategy for 2018 was a key component and President, Dion Flannery introduced a new vision statement for the company.

“Our vision statement will help guide us every day and will help us make decisions about what is most important,” said Flannery.

People and performance are at the heart of the 2018 strategy. As an organization, PSA will continue to develop leaders and build programs to promote a culture of safety and performance. Giving back to the communities, where we live and work, is another big part of the PSA culture. Our Leadership team took that to heart and participated in a bike build to benefit local children in need.

The meeting ended with an open question and answer forum with PSA’s entire Executive Leadership Team.

At a time of tremendous growth, the PSA leaders took time to focus on what is most important, which is celebrating successes and focusing on a strong future that’s centered on people and performance.

Faces of PSA – Meet Krystel Wheeler

Krystel WheelerName: Krystel Wheeler

Title: Designated Employer Rep (DER) / Compliance Supervisor

How long have you worked for PSA? 1 year, 10 months & 15 days

How long have you been in the airline industry? 1 year, 10 months & 15 days

What brought you to PSA? I was looking for a position to expand my experience in Human Resources. I had never heard of PSA prior to getting an email about a recruiting opening. I did some research on the company and applied immediately. I knew this was a company I wanted to grow with.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Oversee the HR Compliance Department, which includes Employee badging, company wide drug and alcohol screening, PRIA (Pilot Records Improvement Act) and DOT (Department of Transportation) files, and maintaining FAA audit records.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? With PSA’s rapid growth and ever-changing aspects of DOT regulations, some days are more challenging than other to keep up with it all.

How many roles have you had at PSA? Which is your favorite? Two. I started in Recruiting (Pilots, Flight Ops, & Maintenance). After about 10 months, I accepted the Compliance Supervisor position. Each position I’ve held at PSA has its own set of unique attributes that I value as I continue to grow professionally.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? My favorite place to go is to visit my family in San Francisco & Santa Cruz, CA. It had been over five years since I had been able to travel out there to see them.

What are some of your hobbies? Travel, Baking, The Arts.

What is your favorite thing to bake and what Arts in particular do you like? I bake cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. I enjoy theater, concerts and art exhibits; and yes, sometimes my craftiness is exhibited by decorating our HR office/cubicle area.

What do you love about working for PSA? The growth. I love being a part of the potential for great things. The travel benefits don’t hurt either.

Would you recommend PSA and why? I always boast about how great PSA is to work for to anyone who will listen.

What did you do before coming to PSA? I have been in the Human Resources field since 2006. Before that, I was in Healthcare.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: It’s more involved than people think.

Can you expand on how your role is more involved than people think? Some may believe that the Compliance Department just sends people for drug tests and maintains files. It’s much more than that. Most may not know that I, as the Designated Employer Representative (DER), am on call 24/7 and it’s an FAA requirement for me to answer the company phone whenever it rings. If our drug and alcohol and PRIA programs fail, we as a company would be riddled with fines of thousands of dollars or more, more frequent federal audits and potential company closure.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The accomplishments I have been able to achieve thus far within the position. Being able to see the evidence of the work I have put into this position in a short amount of time.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the nearly two years you’ve been here? By far the biggest change would be the growth. Not just the amount of employees we’ve acquired, but all the things that have helped PSA become a sizable regional from a small “mom & pop” airline. From IT/Network expansion and capabilities to SOPs and Org Charts.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. We frequently have dance and freestyle battles in our living room.

PSA Airlines to Open New Maintenance Base Operation at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

website news release imageDAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, today announced its plans to open a new maintenance base operation at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). PSA’s immense fleet expansion necessitates additional locations to support the maintenance and reliability of its growing fleet. Since 2014, PSA has doubled its size from 49 aircraft to 123 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft. In addition to this new operation in SAV, PSA has maintenance bases at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). The airline recently announced a maintenance base at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) opening in January 2018.

“We are excited about the bright future of this additional maintenance base and the positive impact it will have on the reliability of our operation for years to come,” said Gary Pratt, Vice President – Maintenance & Engineering, PSA Airlines. “SAV is a well-supported market for our parent company, American Airlines, and makes for a strategic addition to PSA Airlines’ portfolio of maintenance facilities.”

PSA plans to initially employ 31 team members to include mechanics, leads, inspectors and stores personnel. The appeal of the Savannah area is instrumental in helping PSA attract a skilled and talented workforce.

PSA expects to open the maintenance operation in April 2018. For more information about the positions PSA will be filling at its SAV base operation, please visit www.psaairlines.com/careers.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,500 employees operate nearly 700 daily flights to nearly 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 Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 34 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 Tony and Cherrie Dippolito

Tony and Cherrie DippolitoName: Tony and Cherrie Dippolito   

Title: Tony: Maintenance Control Supervisor

Cherrie: Crew Scheduling Shift Supervisor

How long have you worked for PSA? Tony: 27 years

Cherrie: 10 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Tony: 27 Years

Cherrie: 10 Years

Where did you work before PSA? Tony: Landscaping

Cherrie: The mortgage industry

What brought you to PSA? Tony: School – Placement from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Cherrie: My Husband

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Tony: Supervise Maintenance Controllers

Cherrie: I work with the schedulers and coordinators on a daily basis, also working with the crew members on their schedules.

What made you want to get into aviation? Tony: I have always been mechanically inclined and interested in aviation.

Cherrie: I had been in the mortgage industry for 17 years and I wanted to do something different and a fresh start. My husband encouraged me to apply for the crew scheduling position.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Tony: Keeping the aircrafts safe and with on-time departures, also working through problems as they come up.

Cherrie: The unknown, especially during irregular operations. You are working nonstop to cover trips and handling cancels and making sure the crew members are where they need to be.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Both: Walt Disney World

What are some of your hobbies? Tony: Photography and camping.

Cherrie: I love to read, when I have time. I also love camping and riding our motorcycle, as well as drawing and sketching.

What do you love about working for PSA? Tony: The everyday challenges and the people I get to work with.

Cherrie: I love working with crews. I also enjoy working with new schedulers and with them, helping them with their jobs.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Tony: Yes, it’s a great place to work, that will challenge you on a daily basis, and growing into a bigger and better airline everyday.

Cherrie: Definitely. PSA gives a wonderful opportunity to start in aviation, or make a career of it.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Tony: Growing with the company.

Cherrie: Working through the everyday challenges of my job and watching new schedulers grow and develop.

Tell us something no one knows about you: Tony: I like to bake and cook.

Cherrie: I love to go shooting and archery.

PSA Appoints Michael Bruhn as Vice President of Finance

C171019-PSA-201PSA Airlines announced today that Michael Bruhn has been promoted to Vice President of Finance. Bruhn will continue to report to President, Dion Flannery. In addition to his current responsibilities of overseeing the finance organization, he will assume leadership of a portion of the expanding Supply Chain organization at PSA.

“We are thrilled to announce Michael’s promotion to Vice President of Finance,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “His passionate, collaborative, and professional approach are a welcome set of attributes that make him a crucial team member at PSA.”

Bruhn began his airline career at US Airways in early 2007 as a Senior Finance Analyst and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2011. In 2014 he joined the Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Team where he played a pivotal role in the identification of synergies and real estate savings during the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. In 2016 he joined PSA Airlines as the Director of Finance where he has recruited and developed a finance team. Bruhn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona.