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Faces of PSA – Meet Suzanne K. Powell

Suzanne K. Powell

Title: Captain, CRJ; based at CVG

How long have you worked for PSA? 3.5 years

How long have you been in the airline industry? 18 years

Where did you work before PSA? Mesaba Airlines, Astar Air Cargo (Freight carrier for   DHL), self-employed, business owner income tax preparation

What brought you to PSA? A friend referred me to come back to flying when the industry turned around. (I was full-time running my tax office.)

Give us a brief overview of what you do: Captain. Responsible for safety, legality, line operations and mentoring.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? The constant changes to the daily routine and adjusting to it, sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? South of France, Mirmande, France

What are some of your hobbies? Kayaking, hiking, backpacking, archery, studying languages, Spanish, French and German

What do you love about working for PSA? SAP and the people. We have a great team of pilots and flight attendants.

Would you recommend PSA and why? I always encourage the pilots to come to work here because of the Schedule Adjustment Period (SAP). It allows flexibility like no other airline that I know.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Bringing children up to the flight deck and answering their questions and assisting passengers on the airplane or in the terminal who do not speak English (Spanish or French speaking, not good enough in German yet).

You recently arranged for a photo shoot at the CVG hangar for your high school. Tell us more about that: I was approached by my high school public relations director because their school theme this year is “Soar with Seton.” As it turns out, I am the only graduate who flies for a Part 121 carrier.  The PR director’s brother is a friend of mine and flies for a corporate carrier out of Lunken (Airport).

Tell us something no one knows about you: I am a 2nd degree black belt in two forms of martial arts. When I taught martial arts, my husband was my best student. On sparring night, people loved to watch us “fight.”