Team Member Spotlight: Meet Shift Inspector Josh Krueger

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GoJet Shift Inspector, Josh Krueger

Josh Krueger, a shift inspector at the GoJet maintenance hangar in St. Louis, never thought that he’d be working in aviation.  In fact, as a kid, he always thought that he would be a car mechanic when he grew up.  However, an aviation maintenance program offered at his local high school in Michigan opened his eyes to a career path that he’d never considered.  Before long, Josh knew that he wanted to work in aeronautics, and went on to earn his Airframe and Powerplant license from the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology after finishing high school.

Josh’s first job in aviation was as a line mechanic for another regional airline, where he spent several years before leaving to accept a corporate aviation inspector position.  In 2011, after three years in corporate aviation, Josh was offered a Shift Inspector position with GoJet, and has been part of the GoJet family ever since.

At GoJet, the safety of our passengers and crew is always our number one priority, and as a Shift Inspector, Josh plays an important role in the safety of our operation.  Josh is essentially an extra set of eyes that double check the work of our line mechanics, and his top priority is making sure that all maintenance work done on our aircraft is done in accordance with the highest possible safety standards.

When asked what his favorite thing about his job is, Josh is quick to reply, “The people I work with.”  Josh describes the GoJet maintenance team as a close-knit family and the type of place where your co-workers are always there for you.  He’s impressed by the vast collective knowledge pool of the GoJet maintenance team, which he attributes to the fact that GoJet mechanics come from a wide variety of aviation backgrounds, including military, corporate and commercial aviation.

Josh also likes that there’s no such thing as a “normal day” for him.  “Each day brings something different and unexpected,” says Josh.  “I could show up to work in St. Louis and the next thing I know, be on my way to Albuquerque to help fix an airplane.”

Outside of work, Josh’s focus is on being a dad and spending time with his family.  Josh and his wife have a three-year-old daughter and are looking forward to welcoming their second daughter early next year.

Josh is just one of the many talented aviation professionals working behind the scenes to ensure that we operate a safe airline each and every day. We’re proud that Josh has chosen to call GoJet home!

We’re looking for more driven and talented individuals like Josh to fill maintenance positions at our St. Louis, Raleigh-Durham and New York (LaGuardia and JFK) maintenance bases.  GoJet mechanics enjoy a top-tier pay scale, and we pay for experience.  Plus, GoJet promotes from within whenever possible, giving our employees significant opportunity for advancement.  We’re currently hiring both experienced aircraft mechanics, as well as newly licensed mechanics looking for the right place to launch their careers.  Click here to learn more.

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!

Get to know a co-worker: Meet Wes Perkins

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A lifelong fascination with planes is what started Wes Perkins down the path that ultimately led to GoJet Airlines.   When he realized that his love of planes could translate into a career path, Wes made the decision to study aviation in college, graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Management in 2005.  After college, Wes joined the Maintenance team at Trans States Airlines, where he spent nearly a decade working in Production Area Control, as well as assisting with heavy checks and lease returns.

Wes was hired by the GoJet in February of 2014 as a Fleet Support Coordinator, a position he held for just over a year.  He was recently promoted to Senior Manager, Maintenance Control and Line Operations, a newly created position where he is responsible for the overall quality, efficiency and safety of Maintenance Control and Maintenance Line Stations, as well as for their adherence to regulatory and company policy.  Wes says that the most enjoyable part of his new position is visiting the stations and learning from employees first-hand what they need to be efficient.

Wes lives in Winfield, Missouri with his wife, a fourth grade teacher, and their two children.  When he’s not working, Wes enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as using his non-rev privileges to visit family in Washington State.

Three little known facts about Wes:

  1. He has a private pilot’s license (though he doesn’t get a chance to use it very often).
  2. He used to work on a cattle ranch, riding with the ranch hands and taking care of a large cattle operation.
  3. Wes is an avid trap shooter and enjoys participating in trap shooting competitions.

Do you know of a co-worker that you’d like to see profiled on the blog?  Email stacey.ross@tshstl.com with your suggestions!

Meet & Greets Round Two: ORD & DEN

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The leadership team had a great time chatting with crews and MX employees in ORD and DEN during the second round of spring Meet & Greets last week!  Thanks to everyone who was able to come out and share feedback with the leadership team.

If you weren’t able to catch up with the leadership team during the Meet & Greets, feel free to send any questions for feedback you may have to stacey.ross@tshstl.com.

Meet & Greets Round Two

The leadership team will be hitting the road again next week for round two of the spring Meet and Greets!  You can catch up with them in ORD on April 27 or in DEN on April 28. The DEN event will also serve as the official grand opening of the new DEN crew room!  For complete details, please refer to email or Comply.

Feel free to email any questions you may have for the leadership team to stacey.ross@tshstl.com.

We hope to see you there!

Way to go, Juan Ramirez!

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We’ve received multiple Above & Beyond nominations for LGA MX team member Juan Ramirez.  Here’s what Juan’s co-workers had to say about him:

This individual has managed to meet and greet most of the flights into LGA, while minimizing delays and crew write ups.  This individual has also dedicated more time to the troubleshooting of items before deferring for a more accurate repair.

 another of Juan’s co-workers said:

Jaun Ramirez has been a great help to our operational performance and keeping our DMI count under control for our delta fleet in LGA. He meets the aircraft even when not instructed to try to clear any MEL’s posible and fix any small issues the crew has before they become big problems in outstations.

Juan has been entered in the Maintenance category of the third quarter Above & Beyond program.  The winner of each category will win a $50 Visa gift card and will be entered in the Employee of the Year contest at the end of the year.

A big thanks to Juan’s co-workers who took the time to tell us about the great job he does!