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Faces of PSA: Meet Dustin Hughes

Faces of PSA: Meet Dustin Hughes

Name: Dustin Hughes

Title: A&P Mechanic

How long have you worked for PSA? Seven months

How long have you been in the airline industry? PSA is my first job in the commercial aviation industry. I worked as a plane captain for a Navy contractor before becoming a PSA team member. As a plane captain, I prepared and took care of the aircraft for pilots by performing pre- and post-flight inspections, scheduling inspections and fueling. I also performed the marshalling and moving of the aircraft.

What brought you to PSA? My interest in commercial aviation and the opportunity to learn how to work on multiple aircraft platforms brought me to PSA.

What do you love about working for PSA? I love that PSA s a constantly growing company that puts teamwork at the top. It sets employees up for success.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I handle overnight maintenance and line maintenance at our ORF base.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Adapting to an unpredictable environment is one of the biggest challenges, but also a rewarding part of the work.

What you do like about working at your base? We have exceptional teamwork within our ORF base. We’re all here to help each other achieve our goals of getting our aircraft in a safe and presentable condition for our customers. At my other jobs, people were just coming to work. Here, everyone has a passion for what they do and enjoy their jobs. We are all here to help each other grow, which is something my prior employers have lacked.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Knowing that I take part in bringing families together across the country safely is a pretty great thing.

Would you recommend PSA to others looking for a job? I absolutely recommend PSA. The diversity of employees with different levels of experience provides a unique and broad learning environment.

What are some of your hobbies and the favorite places you have traveled? I am an outdoors-type of person and enjoy saltwater fishing and taking time to experience our local beaches. My favorite travel spots have been the Shenandoah National Park in the Appalachian Mountains.

Tell us something no one knows about you: I grew up around naval aviation. My father retired as a CWO-4 (Chief Warrant) after 28 years of service. He was an A&P mechanic as well. I grew up in the hangars around A-6 intruders, F-14 Tomcats, and E-2 Hawkeyes. Specifically, I spent most of my childhood around the F-14s on Oceana Master jet base in Virginia Beach. There were too many days to count that I was able to hang out at those hangars as a child and it absolutely fascinated me. I had VIP access to, in my opinion, one of the “baddest” naval aircraft of all time - the F-14 Tomcat. My father’s naval career is really the root to me becoming an A&P mechanic.