Ohio State University will partner with PSA Airlines on a new pilot training program, officials announced today.
The program will open up the opportunity for aviation graduates who do well in a ground training program at Ohio State to enter PSA's job-training program, according to a press release. PSA is a Dayton-based subsidiary of US Airways that employs roughly 510 pilots and operates 49 aircraft.
After being accepted into the program, students who complete OSU's Canadair Regional Jet systems class with a grade of at least 80 percent, graduate with a 3.0 or higher grade-point average and have a minimum of two quarters of flight instruction at Ohio State will be guaranteed a preferential interview with PSA Airlines. The airline will also make internships available to students whenever possible.
"I'm not aware of any other collegiate aviation program in Ohio that has such a well-defined pathway from school to the industry," said Doug Hammon, director of the Ohio State Airport and Flight Education Program.
Officials say the partnership will lower training costs for PSA, while providing a link to jobs for recent OSU graduates, at a time when airlines are in major hiring mode.
"A significant percentage of the current pilot population will reach the mandatory retirement age within the next five years," said George Reazer, assistant chief pilot at PSA Airlines. "In addition, new rest rules are also scheduled to go into effect in 2014 which will further increase the demand for additional pilots."
Ohio State will provide the necessary classroom and flight instruction. PSA will assist with course development and provide additional instructional materials, according to the release. Nearly 100 students are enrolled in OSU's flight education program each term. They can pursue certificates or ratings ranging from a private pilot's license to a certified flight instructor rating.