Year in Review – Our Favorite Posts from 2016

We had a busy 2016!  We introduced you to some one-of-a-kind people and highlighted some extraordinary happenings within our company.  Let’s take a look back to some of our favorite posts from TRANSmissions this past year.

Preparing for Your First Part 121 Ground School – An Instructor’s Perspective

In what was far and away our most read and shared blog entry of the year, Trans States Airlines Flight Instruction Manager Paul Epperson shares his tips and advice for what to expect and how to prepare for the adjustment into 121 ground school.

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Trans States Provides Simulated Flight Experience for Children with Autism

Some of our Raleigh-based crew members had the opportunity to be a part of a very special event co-sponsored by American Airlines and the Autism Society of North Carolina.  The event simulated the airport experience for children with autism so that they would know what to expect the first time they boarded a commercial flight.  The children also had the opportunity to board a Trans States Embraer 145, and were shown exactly what would happen during the first 20 minutes of a real flight.

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Shriners Debut Aviation-Themed Parade Float, With Help of Trans States Employee

Trans States’ Sam Curless helped the St. Louis Shriners Air Patrol when they were in dire need of a new parade float. Through his connections, Sam was able to help organize a build of a new float, made out of an Embraer 145 fuselage. The float made its debut at the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade to an excited crowd, and a group of Shriners kids who got to ride it for the first time!

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Trans States VP of Safety Marks 70th Birthday by Flying 70th Aircraft Type

Trans States Airlines Vice President of Safety Craig Tompkins recently accomplished a pretty lofty goal that he’d set for himself in 2014 – to fly 70 different aircraft before his 70th birthday.  Craig reached his milestone right on time, flying aircraft type #70, a Cessna 170 on floats, just before his 70th birthday in October.

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Former Marine Turned Aircraft Mechanic and College Student: Meet Brandi Rector

Before becoming a aircraft mechanic for Trans States Airlines, Brandi Rector spent six years in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter aerial gunner and mechanic.  Now she dedicates her time to ensuring that our aircraft operate safely and efficiently, all while attending full-time classes at Saint Louis University.

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We’ll be back in 2017 with more posts dedicated to the extraordinary individuals who call Trans States home.  Happy New Year!

 

Glowing Compliments for Trans States Airlines Flight Attendant Sheryl Smith

We often receive compliments from passengers regarding our professional and courteous crews. Lately, one flight attendant in particular has been impressing passengers left and right.  Here are two recent notes we’ve received from passengers regarding flight attendant Sheryl Smith’s stellar service.

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This past week, my husband and I traveled to Hawaii.  Today, on the final leg from Chicago to Cedar Rapids, we met Sheryl. What a bright light she is! Sheryl welcomed us on board with the friendliest attitude. She appeared to enjoy interacting with the passengers, and she even addressed us by name! I am taking time to write this because this lady and her representation of your company stood out like a beacon to us. If only her genuine enthusiasm could be bottled and shared!

Sheryl is clearly making a positive impact on the people that she serves.  Here’s what another passenger had to say:

Sheryl D. Smith was a great hostess! She was friendly, outgoing, and took great care of us. Thanks for the great experience, Sheryl!

At Trans States, we pledge to give our passengers the best possible experience on each and every flight.  Sheryl is just one of the hundreds of Trans States employees who go the extra mile every day to provide safe and professional service to the people we serve.

Trans States Airlines Formally Signs off on New Flight Attendant Contract

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COO Fred Oxley finalizing the Flight Attendant contract with representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

It’s official!  Yesterday COO Fred Oxley and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters signed off on a new contract for our flight attendants.  The new contract, which was ratified in April by 69% of voting flight attendants, provides a number of enhancements, including improvements to pay and sick leave.  This contract also begins a commuter policy, which makes it easier for flight attendants who live outside of their domicile to commute to work.

An additional improvement gives flight attendants the ability to pick up extra hours at any of our crew bases.  Until now, when flight attendants wanted to pick up extra flying, they were limited to trips based out of their domicile.  However, now a St. Louis-based flight attendant can now pick up trip out of Denver or any of our other crew bases.  “The ability to pick up open time at any domicile was a big request from our flight attendants during the contract negotiation process,” said Shonn Clark, Director of Inflight at Trans States. “There were a lot of happy flight attendants when the new policy was announced.”

COO Fred Oxley says that the new contract is representative of the company’s deep-rooted commitment to  employee satisfaction, remarking,  “We work hard to make Trans States the kind of place where people want to build long-term careers.  It’s our hope that this contract will encourage our flight attendants to do just that.”

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a flight attendant, now is a great time to join our company.  We are currently hiring for open positions in St. Louis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Denver and Raleigh-Durham.  To learn more the benefits of becoming a Trans States flight attendants, or to apply online, please click here.

Growing Number of Employee Referrals Underscore Pilot Opportunities at Trans States

At Trans States Airlines, we love employee referrals. No one can better speak to the Trans States experience than those who have experienced it first-hand—our employees. Employee referrals tell us that we’re doing something right and that our employees are happy. And employee referrals are exactly what brought new hire pilots Casie Schaffer, Brooke Willis, and Monique Gagnon to Trans States.

Trans States Airlines' newest pilots, all hired by employee referrals (from L to R): Brooke Willis, Monique Gagnon, Casie Schaffer.
Trans States Airlines’ newest pilots, all hired by employee referrals (from L to R): Brooke Willis, Monique Gagnon, Casie Schaffer.

“Trans States was highly recommended to me by my friends, who were Trans States pilots,” says Casie, a recent flight instructor making the transition to commercial aviation. “Plus, Trans States recruiters were continuously visible on campus when I was in college, so it’s always been on my radar.” After flight instructing, which is typically done individually, Casie says that she’s looking forward to being part of a flight crew, remarking, “Being part of a team effort is important to me.” When asked for her first impressions of Trans States, Casie enthused, “I love the efficiency of the training department—and I especially enjoy my instructor’s enthusiastic teaching style!”

Monique, another recent flight instructor, also arrived at Trans States by way of a recommendation. “Some friends recommended Trans States to me, and I trusted their judgment. During my first interview, I was immediately impressed by the recruiter’s sincerity and helpfulness. I knew right away that applying with Trans States had been the right decision.”

In addition to the high pay and fast Captain upgrades that Trans States offers, Monique says that an additional factor that brought her to Trans States is the opportunity to be one of the first pilots in the world to fly the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Trans States is the domestic launch customer for the MRJ and expects to begin taking deliveries of the highly anticipated new aircraft in the second quarter of 2018. “Being one of the first to fly a new aircraft type is any pilot’s dream,” she said. “I feel like I got here at just the right time.”

“I didn’t even bother looking at any airlines other than Trans States,” says new hire Brooke, who has flown for two 121 carriers, as well as a 135 operator. After a number of years as a pilot, Brooke took a break from the flight deck to start a family and pursue an advanced degree. Later, when she was looking to return to flying, friends recommended Trans States. “I really missed the camaraderie among crew members, and even interactions with passengers,” Brooke said. “I’m excited to be back!”

The airline isn’t the only one benefiting from these awesome referrals—Trans States makes sure that employees who submit quality nominations are well compensated. Employees can earn $1,500 for each pilot candidate they recommend that is hired and completes training. Additionally, there’s no limit to the number of recommendations that someone can submit, which means that employees who know a lot of pilots have the opportunity to earn a lot of extra money!

Welcome to the family, Casie, Monique, and Brooke! And a big thanks to the employees who brought you here!

To learn more about our incredible pilot career opportunities, please click here.