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Cadet Spotlight – Alysha Shaw and Rebekah Butler

AlyshaAlysha Shaw
PSA Airlines First Officer
Cadet Mentor – Central Washington University

How long have you been involved with PSA’s Cadet Program?
I’ve been involved with PSA’s Cadet Program for one semester as a Cadet Mentor for Central Washington University in Washington state. I am currently a Charlotte-based First Officer.

What are the best features of this program?
I am so thrilled to be a part of PSA’s Cadet Program because it gives students a chance to learn about and experience the airline industry years before they enter it. My Cadets have unprecedented access to information and events at PSA and American Airlines before they even graduate college. Our Cadets interview in the comfort of their own school while they are still students and never have to interview for another job again! They also receive bonuses while they are flight instructing and have a reduced contract time once they are hired on as PSA pilots. All of my Cadets are driven, hardworking young professionals and I am honored to mentor them throughout their college careers and on to successful careers at PSA.

What have you done, personally to ensure your Cadets are making the most of their involvement with the Cadet Program?
I encourage my students to attend events and participate in programs that will build their resumes and expose them to important aviation-related experiences. The majority of my Cadets attended the Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando this past spring, and joined other cadets, mentors and PSA employees at a company sponsored breakfast event.

Any additional thoughts on the cadet program?
I look forward to growing the PSA Cadet Program at Central Washington University and hopefully on the rest of the west coast as well. I can’t wait to see what my cadets accomplish as they graduate from college and come on board at PSA.

RebekahRebekah Butler
PSA Airlines Cadet
Senior Cadet – Central Washington University

Why did you decide to join PSA’s Cadet Program?
I joined PSA’s cadet program because PSA Airlines is the perfect fit for me as a regional airline choice. PSA recruiters and pilots have always impressed me with their passion for flying and the airline they work for, and the quality of life I see with the airline made it an easy choice.

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of having a Mentor?
For me the biggest benefit of having a mentor is the personal relationship you develop with them. It makes life at the Airlines a more realistic and obtainable goal without so many unknowns.

Any additional thoughts on the cadet program?
The PSA cadet program, and my mentor have helped me keep my eye on the goal and my motivation high, which, of course, is the key to continuous learning.

PSA Airlines Appoints Keith Stamper as Vice President of Flight Operations

GLINTstudios_PSA-Dayton2016_00161DAYTON, Ohio – PSA Airlines has appointed Keith Stamper as Vice President of Flight Operations reporting to Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. In this role, Stamper will be part of the airline’s executive team and will be responsible for directing and overseeing the management of Flight Operations, including Flight, Inflight and Training.

Captain Stamper comes to PSA Airlines after an accomplished career as a CRJ pilot with vast experience in regional airline flight operations management. He served as chief pilot for Comair before joining Trans States Airlines in 2010 as Director of Flight Operations, supervising Flight Operations, Training and SOC.

“Keith is a highly-accomplished pilot and aviation professional with more than 20 years of regional airline experience,” said Dion Flannery, President of PSA Airlines. “An ATP, CRJ-certified pilot, he has held many roles in training and flight operations including check airman, fleet manager and chief pilot. His collaborative, lead-by-example approach to successfully overcome challenges makes him the ideal person to lead our flight and inflight operations workgroups as we continue our dramatic growth at PSA.”

As Vice President of Flight Operations, Stamper and will oversee the strategy to monitor and improve safety, reliability and productivity of all flight and flight-related operations and will provide direction to the flight operations team of 2,250 team members, including leading PSA’s pilot and flight attendant workgroups.

The opportunity to accelerate advancements in operations planning and execution and to properly support the rapidly-expanding pilot and flight attendant workgroups is high-priority for PSA after its immense amount of growth over the last several years. To complement Stamper’s role as Vice President of Flight Operations, PSA is adding a Vice President of Systems, Operations Control and Planning role. Having dedicated, executive team members focused on their respective roles will accelerate the rate of change and preparation, improve operational reliability and lead to better care and services to our crew members and operations control personnel. PSA is working to fill its Vice President of Systems, Operations Control and Planning role and will share more details once a selection has been made.

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s 3,000 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, 29 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 Don Hydler

Faces of PSA - Don Hydler Manager Maintenance ControlName: Don Hydler

Title: Manager of Maintenance Control

How long have you worked for PSA? October 9th will be 28 years.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? I have been in the airline industry for almost 28 years. I started my aviation career with PSA in 1989 as an A&P mechanic. Before PSA, I worked at Meijer as a stock clerk for over six years.

What brought you to PSA? I attended the Aviation Maintenance high school program at Montgomery County JVS (now known as CTC), where I received my A&P license. The school referred me to PSA after graduation.

What is the biggest difference from the time you started at PSA and now? When I started at PSA, we operated a very small fleet, which grew to a larger fleet of turboprop aircraft. Now we operate a fleet of 118 jet aircraft on our way to a total of 150 aircraft.

Is there a big change going from turboprop aircraft to the CRJs we fly now? I don’t feel there is a big change, aside from turboprop aircraft are certainly very noisy, but for the most part all aircraft are similar in some fashion. I certainly never thought I would see the day when we would have an all-jet fleet, but it took a lot of hard work and long hours over the years by all to make it happen.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I am responsible for the coordination of all operational aircraft with online discrepancies and their timely return to service.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Keeping up with the ever-so-changing airline industry as a whole, which constantly requires changes to our current processes and procedures.

How has your job changed? How do you keep up with the changes in the industry? With all the growth here at PSA over the last two years, it has certainly required me to take on more of a leadership role in my department. I have learned a lot during this time and feel it has made me a better leader. As far as keeping up with the changes in the aviation industry, this certainly cannot be done alone. It requires each and every department working together to make this happen.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

What are some of your hobbies?

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Four-Wheeling
  • Archery – I got into archery when I was younger. My father taught me and we would go bow hunting every year. It has stuck with me ever since. I also enjoy getting out and competing in archery tournaments when they are held in the area.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy all the comradery and although we have tripled the amount of employees over the last several years, PSA is like one big family.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, with all the growth taking place at PSA this provides opportunities for advancement and a place of business for individuals new to aviation to start their career.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: I am responsible for maintaining the MEL/CDL manual for all aircraft fleet types.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Being able to play such a vital role in the overall operation and working together in a team environment.

Tell us something no one knows about you: When I was going thru A&P school, I had the pleasure of meeting an individual who restored rare antique aircraft. This meeting turned out to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, I assisted with the ground up restoration of a 1935 Davis D1-W open cockpit airplane. This aircraft was on display at EAA OSHKOSH 1993 and won the “Outstanding Open Cockpit Monoplane” award in the Antique Bronze Age (1933-41) category.

Faces of PSA – Meet Bill King

Faces of PSA - Bill KingName: Bill King          

Title: Manager of Dispatch

How long have you worked for PSA? 5 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 5 years. Worked as a lineman for Aviation Sales Inc. on the east side of KDAY.

What brought you to PSA? Lived in or near Vandalia since 4 years of age, and PSA kept local around the family.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Responsible for maintaining the navigation database, weekly fuel price/tanker city updates, and all Dispatch related programs. Staffing Dispatchers, OCC Coordinators, and OCC Shift Managers. Assisting the Director of the OCC.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? The constantly evolving airline business.

What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed at PSA in the five years you’ve been here? The new OCC and the new planes.

What is your most memorable moment of working at PSA, so far? Being promoted to Manager of Dispatch.

What is the biggest misconception about the Dispatch Department? People not in the aviation field always think Dispatching is the same as Air Traffic Controlling.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? Texas

What are some of your hobbies?

– Weightlifting
– Relaxing
– Video Games
– Woodworking
– Word Searches

What do you love about working for PSA? The constantly evolving airline business.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Yes, even with the growth from our new planes we still manage to be like a family.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Responsible for Monthly Navigation Database updates, weekly updating fuel prices/tanker cities, and loading the new monthly schedule into the SABRE system.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Being such an important piece of the OCC.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was offered to be trained and compete in the Celtic Games in high school, but could not due to an already busy after-school Track and Field schedule. The Celtic Games is also called the Celtic Games of Strength or Heavy Games. The games carry out traditions dating back to at least the 11th Century. They were originally competitions among men that demonstrated their manhood, using items commonly in the Scottish Highlands, such as stones, logs and blacksmith hammers. Events may include the following: The Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss, Stone Throws, or Puts, Weight Throws for Distance, Weight Throws for Height and Farmers Walk or Barrel Throw.

Dayton-Based PSA Airlines Pilot Takes to the Sky in Redline Air Shows Aerobatic Team at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger

IMG_0559DAYTON, Ohio – The Redline Air Show team – a dynamic, two-ship formation aerobatic performance team – will be flying formation together at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger on June 24th and 25th at the Dayton International Airport.  One of Redline’s pilot’s flies for Dayton’s hometown airline, PSA Airlines. Ken Rieder, half of the Redline Airshows duo, operates CRJ aircraft for PSA.

“At PSA Airlines, I get to work and fly with such a professional group of people while flying all over the Eastern half of the country,” said Rieder. “PSA Airlines has given me the opportunity to train and fly with a well-established and very well-organized training facility in some of the best equipment available. And the career opportunities are endless with guaranteed flow through to our parent company, American Airlines.”

Rieder began his career with PSA in 2004 to 2006, and returned this year due to the growth, stability and career opportunities the airline provides. He has been flying for 30 years and started flying aerobatics soon after getting his license.  Both Rieder and his Redline partner, Jon Thocker, were recruited onto a large aerobatic team where they learned the essentials of airshow flying. Five years ago, Redline Airshows started flying local shows and the duo found its niche in the formation aerobatic two-ship performers, giving them the opportunity to fly more aggressive aerobatics. The team performs in North America, Central America, in the Caribbean.

“Aviation offers an endless horizon for those who participate and dare to dream,” said Rieder. “I hope to inspire the next generation to take the next step toward the sky and find what I have found to be the most rewarding career.”