Employee Spotlight: Meet Maintenance Fleet Manager Quinn Sasser

At GoJet, our top priority is providing a safe and quality travel experience.  Central to that mission is Maintenance Fleet Manager, Timothy “Quinn” Sasser.  Quinn, who has held his position since 2009, is responsible for ensuring that any modifications made to our aircraft meet our high safety and quality standards.  “Any modification to our aircraft, whether a preventative enhancement, or a feature detail, goes through my desk,” explains Quinn.

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GoJet Airlines Maintenance Engineering Fleet Manager Timothy “Quinn” Sasser

Some of Quinn’s most recent modification projects include the installation of wi-fi on our fleet of CRJ700/900 aircraft, as well as the converting the CRJ700s in our Delta fleet from 65 seats to 69 seats.  “The key to adding seats is not compromising passenger comfort,” he remarked.  “We move the lavatory farther back in the aircraft, so that the extra seats don’t equate to a loss of legroom.”

Quinn’s aviation career started in 1994, when Trans States Airlines hired him as a Technical Analyst right after he finished college at Western Kentucky University.  He recalls, “When I was a Tech Analyst, I was looking for, and finding problems and issues. Now I’m actually fixing problems.”

Quinn’s position requires him to travel all over North America, but his favorite place to travel for work is Montreal, Quebec.  “I love going to the downtown area. While you’re there, you can see both the really old buildings, and the new skyscrapers. It’s a really blossoming city that still has a lot of history.” Quinn says that his favorite part of Montreal are the restaurants. “I feel like I’ve been there enough now that I know where the most unique ones are.”

When he’s not traveling for work or working to maintain GoJet’s fleet of aircraft, he and his wife, Holly, stay busy with their two teenagers who are in high school. “Between keeping up with their school sports, and playing tennis and running myself, there are a lot of sports in my life when I’m not on the clock.” Apart from sports, Quinn is also a music fan and frequently attends bluegrass festivals.

Quinn was born in Australia, where his parents were working at the time. His family then moved to Alabama, where he grew up. After college in Kentucky and Florida, he settled down in St. Louis, after meeting his wife, a St. Louis native.  “I like St. Louis,” he says, “I think that we’ll be staying here for many more years to come.”

Quinn is one of the many unique and talented individuals that make up our GoJet family. To learn more about how you can join our team of aviation professionals, please click here.

GoJet Leadership Connects with Employees During Spring Meet & Greets

Keeping in touch with employees that are scattered around the country and constantly on the move can be a challenge.  That’s why the GoJet leadership team makes it a priority to hit the road for Meet & Greet events a minimum of two times a year.  During these trips, which typically take place in the spring and fall, the GoJet COO, as well as representatives from Inflight, Flight Operations and Maintenance, hit the road for two whirlwind weeks of base visits.

GoJet prides itself on its employee-focused corporate culture, and being in tune with issues that our employees care about is a top priority.  “The Meet & Greets are a great way to chat with our team members in a casual setting about any feedback or concerns they may have,” said GoJet COO Terry Basham.  “Email and phone calls are great for staying in touch on a day-to-day basis, but nothing can replace the one-on-one conversations that we’re able to have at these events.”

Director of Flight Operations Randy Bratcher echoed those sentiments, remarking “We’ve got a great group of employees who truly want our airline to be the best that it can be.  I always leave the Meet & Greets with invaluable suggestions from our pilots.”

This round of Meet & Greets started on Tuesday with an after hours event in Raleigh-Durham for Raleigh-based employees.  The following day, the team leaded to New York (on a flight piloted by none other than the Director of Operations and the Chief Pilot!) to meet with New York-based mechanics and crews connecting through La Guardia.

The second round of spring Meet & Greets will take the leadership team to Chicago and Denver.  Here are some of our favorite pics from Round 1!

 

 

 

 

Systems Operations Control Prepares for Jonas

 

Systems Operations Control (SOC) at our headquarters in St. Louis is in overdrive today as it prepares for much of our operation to be impacted by winter storm Jonas.  Jonas, which forecasters predict will dump up to two feet of snow in places, is expected to hit the Eastern Seaboard and much of the South over the weekend.  Proactive planning is key to minimizing the impact of Jonas on our customers—hundreds of flights have already been canceled in advance of the storm, giving travelers as much time as possible to make alternate plans and reducing the likelihood of passengers being stranded at airports over the weekend.

The GoJet SOC is also proactively planning for Jonas.  Two of the key departments housed in the SOC are Crew Scheduling and Dispatch, both of which have been working overtime to ensure that crews and aircraft are moved away from the cities that are expected to be hit the hardest by this weather event.  However, when making decisions about where to move crews and airplanes during the storm, the SOC must also think about where those crews and airplanes need to be after the storm.  Once the weather has passed and the airports have re-opened, our customers are counting on our crews and aircraft being in place and ready to go.

Other proactive measures to weather the storm include having extra employees on hand to assist our schedulers and dispatchers, as well as additional phone lines and a dedicated email address to ensure that our crews can get the information they need over the weekend.

While we can’t stop the storm, we can do everything in our power to be prepared for it. Once the storm has passed, it’s our priority to return to full operational strength as quickly as possible—and we’re going to do everything in our power to make that happen.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  There were tons of great costumes and decorated areas at GoJet headquarters today–so many that we can’t even include them all here!  However, we hope you enjoy this sampling of a few of them.  No one gets into the Halloween spirit like GoJet!

GoJet Employees Celebrate 10 Years with Fall Bash

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On a beautiful Saturday in October, employees from around the country gathered in St. Louis to celebrate GoJet’s 10th anniversary.  The family-friendly party offered something for everyone, including food, music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a balloon artist and inflatables.  GoJet employees and their families had a blast enjoying the wonderful weather and camaraderie–even our COO, Terry Basham, was spotted on the inflatables (see if you can spot him in the below photos!).

The event culminated with a check presentation to the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit raising funds to erect a memorial monument to Missouri servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization was founded by Chris Andrews, the mother of Sergeant Amanda Pinson, a servicewoman killed in action in 2006.  Sergeant Pinson is the niece of St. Louis employee Sandy Campbell.  Sandy and Chris were both on hand to accept GoJet’s $5,000 donation.

The party in St. Louis was the last of the festivities commemorating GoJet’s 10 year anniversary–in the weeks prior, the leadership team had a great time celebrating with crews in RDU, ORD, LGA and DEN.  Here’s to the next 10 years!