Captain Brooks Butler is one of PSA’s many “Jack of all Trades.” As a captain, simulator instructor, part time pilot recruiter (and father of three), Butler has helped hundreds of PSA pilots in the year that he has been with the airline.
Butler came to PSA after flying for another airline- being unable to upgrade- as well as trying out corporate flying. Neither were a fit for his career goals or family life. So when a friend from flight school told him of the Simulator Instructor position at PSA, Butler made the switch.
“The biggest challenge of being a sim instructor is that you have to know the answers to everything- Every SOP, all the systems, how to operate the simulator. Every student is different. If they’re new to the airline world and have never been through training, they usually say it is harder than expected,” explains Captain Butler. “The best part of instructing is being a mentor. These are often 22 year olds who have the world at their fingertips. They’re going to be AA pilots in 5 to 6 years. I tell them not to screw it up.”
Butler extends this leadership when helping to interview and select PSA’s future pilots. “What sets PSA apart is the people,” he says. “And it all starts in the interview. We want to hire someone that will fit into the culture. We’re not just filling seats with those that can pass training. The goal when interviewing, and while training, is to be able to say I would put my family on an airplane with this person. Keeping it safe is the main priority.”