The Faces of PSA – Meet Matthew Coelyn


First Officer Matthew Coelyn and his mom who is a Flight Attendant for American Airlines.

Title: First Officer

How long have you worked for PSA? I joined PSA in August 2014.

How long have you been in the airline industry? I have been flying since 2011. The airline industry has always been part of my life, both my parents use to fly for TWA. My mom is still an active flight attendant for American Airlines.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: At PSA, I get to do a lot of interesting and exciting things. In addition to assisting the Captain in the safe completion of a flight, I like to foster a fun and safe environment for the whole crew.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? I have two favorite places that I have traveled. Domestically, I would have to say Fayetteville, Arkansas. It’s a quaint Midwest town where the people are very nice. Internationally, hands down I would say Hong Kong. Hong Kong is just amazing. Words can’t even do it justice.

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy personal training because I like helping others. I still enjoy flying, on the weekends. I work with a nonprofit that takes at-risk youth up in a Piper. It’s literally flying for flying’s sake and the positive impact it has is huge.

What do you love about working for PSA? There is a lot to love, from the beautiful skies to the amazing people I get to meet and interact with on a daily basis.

Why would you recommend PSA? I would recommend PSA for a multitude of reasons. The first is the people you get to fly with. The other pilots here are always willing to help and pass on their extensive knowledge. Equal cockpit gradient combined with a large pilot diversity results in an environment rich in experience and good times. The second reason I would recommend PSA is for career progression. With a quick upgrade when compared to other regional airlines and industry leading flow to American, the airline sells itself. The third reason is the flexible scheduling. Having the ability to manipulate my schedule is something completely unique only to PSA.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know: I’m young for the position I’m in, so I take it upon myself to scan the gate area when I have the opportunity and look for youth that think aviation is exciting. Once I identify these people, I will (with the Captain’s permission) show them the flight deck and take a picture of them so they will have a souvenir of their journey.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? To me, the most rewarding part of my job is after I fly a leg and the passengers are disembarking. The fact these passengers trusted me to deliver them to their destination and I see them getting off the plane is really, really cool.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I have a 300-gallon salt water fish tank that I have been taking care of for ten years. I have a shark that was neglected and I nursed it back to health. She’s been with us for five years strong.