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Faces of PSA – Meet Patrice Covington Green

Donna “Patrice” Covington Green2Name: Donna “Patrice” Covington Green

Title: Check Flight Attendant

How long have you worked for PSA? June 11, 2011, I will celebrate 6 years at PSA.

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? Almost 6 years. I am still the Broker-in-Charge and owner of Covington Realty, LLC, a residential and commercial real estate firm.  I also worked as a Trust Account Manager for a large third-party retirement firm.

What brought you to PSA? I have always wanted to travel and since two of my three daughters,
now married live out of state, I can visit them and my awesome grandsons whenever I want.

Give us a brief overview of what you do:

  • I am a Flight Attendant also serving in the capacity as a Check Flight Attendant.
  • Primary responsibility is to ensure passenger safety.
  • Responsible for safety flight checks to ensure all equipment is in place and operable.
  • Assist passengers if there is a medical emergency.
  • Responsible for briefing passengers in the emergency exit row.
  • Responsible for performing safety demonstration before takeoff.
  • Ensure cabin and galley are secure.
  • Responsible for implementing planned and unplanned emergencies if needed.
  • Conduct IOE’s and Line Checks.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? I would have to say that one of the biggest challenges of my job is maintaining objectivity and a calm demeanor when passengers do not want to comply with our policies.

Where is your favorite place in which you have traveled? I am just beginning to expand my traveling experience outside the US.  I will be traveling to Saint Martin in June.

What are some of your hobbies? Reading, chess, scrabble and sewing.

What do you love about working for PSA? I absolutely love the people I have the privilege of working with. There is so much to glean from such a diverse group of people. We are constantly learning from each other and that comes from maintaining a teachable attitude. Also, I am continually surrounded by people with a vast amount of knowledge, skill and ingenuity. Those qualities help to develop us into better human beings to reach our God given potential. It is amazing to observe the growth in myself, fellow flight attendants and those I have had the pleasure of training. It is truly a blessing to work with such an awesome team of people.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? I am always intrigued by the many passengers and personalities I encounter on each trip. Every experience is unique and not always pleasant. However, I have learned to be a better listener and less judgmental. People have a story and most often than not, they just need an ear. I am very grateful for the opportunity to travel to places I probably would not have been able to visit were it not for PSA/American. I count it an honor to have been chosen as a Check Flight Attendant to assist with IOE training and LCs. This opportunity helps to keep me proficient and in the process, I learn from the students I help to train and fellow flight attendants.

Who have been influential people in your PSA career? I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to both my mentors, Julie Gallion and Roger Dunn, who were my IOE instructors. Because of their encouragement and patience during my IOE, I gained the confidence needed to mature into the Flight Attendant I am today. Also, thank you Tracey Kruger for being the best of the best during training almost six years ago. Deb Hoke and Joanne Dinkelacker, thank you for your leadership!

Would you recommend PSA and why? I would recommend PSA to others. As a matter of fact, I recommended my brother and my cousin to PSA and they were both hired. I did that because I felt it was a great company to work for and the people are just awesome. There’s not a perfect company, nor are there perfect people who make up a company, but I would not trade PSA nor my coworkers for anything.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I am the owner of Covington Realty, LLC where I am the Broker-in-Charge. Also, I have a Christian Toy Company called Nine Fruit of the Spirit, Inc. They are a set of toys that speak a scripture indigenous to the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. In addition, I have a Nine Fruit writing journal. The patent has been approved and the Trademark is registered. My brother, Octavius Covington, is my business partner.

PSA Airlines and SkyWarrior Inc. Sign Cadet Program Agreement Helping Move the Most Promising Pilots from the Classroom to the Cockpit

skywarriorlogoOfficials from PSA Airlines and SkyWarrior Inc. signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed SkyWarrior Inc. as a Cadet Program partner on May 31, 2017.

PSA Airlines is among the first regional carriers to launch an industry-leading Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,520 in tuition reimbursement. PSA has partnerships with 17 schools and expects that list to continue to grow. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program. Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way

PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country with industry leading first-year pay, and with a true pilot flow through agreement to American Airlines, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.

PSA Continues to Take Delivery of CRJ700 Aircraft

18768224_1370615193018531_9024193271590732500_oPSA Airlines continues on its growth mission by accepting additional CRJ700 aircraft from Envoy, a plan that was announced by its parent company, American Airlines, in 2014. PSA plans to accept the transfer of one CRJ700 aircraft per month through the end of 2017 and will continue to bring the additional aircraft into its fleet until it has reached its commitment of 150 aircraft. Later this month, PSA will accept aircraft number 117, marking its 28th CRJ700 aircraft.

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, 27 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

The Faces of PSA – Meet William VanWeelden

Faces of PSA - william vanweeldenName: William VanWeelden

Title: Technical Support Specialist

How long have you worked for PSA? 15 years in August

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? 16 Years. Prior to joining PSA, I was a contractor for FedEx in Indianapolis working on their Boeing 727s.

What brought you to PSA? I wanted to gain more experience in my career field and PSA allowed the mechanics the ability to work on every part of the aircraft, which fit well with my goals.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: A large part of being a technical support specialist is research into current issues with our fleet and what available options exist to correct them. I work with Bombardier on several modification programs for the fleet, in addition to overseeing the transfer process of the CRJ-700s from Envoy Air to PSA.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? The CRJ-700 transfer program. I have to manage and coordinate the inspection program and modification package that Envoy Air performs prior to delivery to PSA. It has been very rewarding to see how another airline maintains the same aircraft and what we can learn from them to improve our operation.

You have been part of many activities for PSA, such as Corporate Challenge. How did you get involved? I became involved in 2011 when I was asked to participate in the mini golf competition. By the end of the week, I ended up participating in several other activities that year including having to sing a solo part for the team song for the final event. It has been a lot of fun and I look forward to it each year as it provides a good opportunity to engage in team building with others throughout PSA.

Where is your favorite place in which you have traveled? The Austrian Alps

What are some of your hobbies? Taking vacations with my family and basically anything that has to do with motorcycles. I enjoy taking bike trips with friends and attending race events such as MotoGP.

What do you love about working for PSA? I enjoy the people that I work with and the new challenges that each day brings. No two days are the same.

Would you recommend PSA and why? I would definitely recommend PSA. The company has grown by leaps and bounds since I first started, but has not lost the tight-knit atmosphere. There is tremendous potential available to anyone who is determined and willing to learn.

 Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: We never know what we will become involved with each day. Even the simplest request for information can evolve into a large project. In a typical day, we answer questions ranging from the Flight Ops Department asking about engine performance differences to Supply Chain requesting help to resolve a vendor issue.

 What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing projects and modifications that I have initiated in use on the aircraft.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I usually cannot go into a store without detouring through the LEGO aisle. I still continue to collect and build during my free time and have several sets displayed on my desk.

The Faces of PSA – Meet John Corbett

Name: John Corbett

Title: Flight Attendant

How long have you worked for PSA? 2 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? Where did you work before PSA? PSA is first airline job. Worked in IT before that and many years in Hospitality.

What brought you to PSA? I was between jobs and a friend who is a FA for a different airline suggested I apply. I have always liked to travel and have lived in many cities so it just made sense to try.

Recently, you had a passenger who had the unique talent of folding dollar bills into jets and elephants. Can you describe the experience? I was working first class when this nice older man and his lady friend boarded. HFaces of PSA - John Corbette stopped and handed me a dollar bill folded up into an elephant. He gave the captain a folded up jet and expressed the desire to give one to the rest of the crew. They were very sweet and sat in first class. They were on their way to Hawaii to attend his son’s wedding. Two uniformed soldiers sat in front of them in the first row and it wasn’t long before he engaged the soldiers in conversation and was showing them his talent of folding dollar bills. The two soldiers were fascinated and for the rest of the trip the man taught them how to fold bills. It was heartwarming to watch these young people who could have been shipping out to training or overseas laughing and connecting to this sweet older couple.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? I’ll be honest, it has to be the commute. Not living in your base adds a challenge to this job. But, I live in South Florida, and it’s worth it.

What are some of your hobbies? Well, travel obviously, going to the beach, hearing music with friends, and photography, especially sunsets and sunrises.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people I work with. I have met some wonderful coworkers, some much younger than me, but good all are good friends. Management is receptive and caring.

Would you recommend PSA and why? Sure, I would recommend PSA. If you want to do this job and, believe me, it’s not for everyone, this is a good place to land, as they care about you and you feel like you are on a team.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: Most people think Flight Attendants are just there just to make drinks, but there is so much more to this job. We are safety professionals who are the first responders of any emergency that can happen in the air. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing happy passengers who are glad to get where they needed to safely. Taking a child into the flight deck to sit next to the pilot and seeing the joy on his/her face.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I was adopted and recently did an Ancestry DNA search. I am going to pursue it further and find relatives in Italy, and when I do, I am going to fly over there and meet them.