About This Page

This site is maintained as a hobby by Kevin Trinkle. I am a native San Diegan, who remembers PSA's planes flying over the city from my youth. I started this page in 1995, to help keep PSA's memory alive. (The short and simple answer)

By day, I work for an airline in Tempe, AZ. Please note that this is a personal site and the views expressed here are not those of my employer.

After 22 years of working on this website, I'm amazed how large it is and the number of turns my life has taken since then. I didn't expect to be back in Arizona, at my sixth airline at this point in my life.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, feel free to Contact the Author. I do read all of my non-spam e-mail, even if I am unable to respond due to time commitments (which are more and more frequent these days).

The first banner on this site was for the Smile High Club, which lasted from 1995 through 1998. PSA sold passes for $15 to Travel Agents, space-available. USAir ended the promotion after the full merger into the USAir system (1988.)


Sources for the PSA Page:

  • Kissel, "Poor Sailors' Airline - The Story of Kenny Freidkin's Pacific Southwest Airlines", 2002
  • PSA Magazine, May 1974 - Dec. 1987
  • San Diego Union: Sep. 1978, Dec. 1987, April 1988, Nov. 1984, and various articles in the 1980s.
  • San Diego Tribune, same time period
  • San Jose Mercury News, May 1985
  • Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, November 1984
  • Los Angeles Times, 1959-88
  • Chapman, "Pilot Fatigue: A deadly cover-up," 1982.
  • Tritt, "Long Legs and Short Nights: A Flight Attendant Story," 1996.
  • Airliners, Spring 1988, p.4-21, Summer 1992, Winter 1993
  • Airways, November 2000 (Midnight Flyer Article by Gary Kissel)
  • Skylines, PSA Employee newsletter, 1959-68, 1981-83
  • PSA FlightTime/PSA Magazine, 1969-1976
  • PSA Flight Schedules, 1957-1988
  • PSA promotional memorabilia, 1959-88
  • PSA internal paperwork
  • PSA Annual Reports, 1963-86

Company information has been received from former PSA employees Wally Bohl, Bob Cramsie, Fergie Fulmer, Dan Gradwohl, Frank Hardy, Tom Irwin, Gary Kissel, Jim Newark, Kay Olson, Jim Patterson, Sal Riso, Marilyn Tritt, and Jim Weir, as well as numerous others over the years. Other contributors have included Chris Laborde, William Larkins, Mel Lawrence, Dave McQueen, John Stewart, and John Wegg. This page would be nothing without your contributions, and I greatly appreciate each and every one.


And now, the boring legal stuff about these pages:

Due to my own lack of free time and the availability of PSA memorabilia, I am not able to respond to requests for memorabilia such as Safety Cards, Kiddie Wings, etc. I apologize for this fact. (Heck, it took me 5 years to even SEE a deck of Playing Cards!)

The PSA History Page and all other original writings are copyrighted by Kevin Trinkle. Permission is granted for personal, unaltered usage only. Materials contained in this site may not be reproduced in any way, shape, or form without the consent of the copyright holder. This site may not be altered in any way by the end-user.

All PSA company photos (credited to PSA), videos, and graphical design are copyrighted 1949-1988 by American Airlines. American Airlines Group controls all commercial reproduction of any heritage airline (including PSA). Any commercial use must be cleared by American Airlines and/or the C.R. Smith Museum.

Third party photographs are copyrighted by the original photographer and permission is granted for personal use only. They may not be reproduced on any other media form or web site without the copyright holder's permission.

All other digital representations of PSA memorabilia are copyrighted by Kevin Trinkle. These items may be reproduced on other web sites, provided credit is given to this site and the original source of the memorabilia (if no name is given, it is from the webmaster's collection.)

BY USING THIS SITE, YOU AGREE TO ALL ABOVE TERMS. THE SITE OWNER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES DONE TO YOUR PROPERTY OR ANY FAILURE OF THIS SITE TO WORK AS ADVERTISED. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO AGREE TO THE ABOVE TERMS, DISCONTINUE USE OF THIS SITE AND DESTROY ALL COPIES OF THE CONTENTS LOCATED ON YOUR COMPUTER (in the ' disk cache').

PSA, the smile, and the PSA color scheme are registered trademarks of American Airlines. This site is not an official production of American Airlines Group and the views represented within are not the official views of American Airlines Group and any of it's subsidiaries.


The PSA History Page believes in respecting and protecting your privacy. No personal information is gathered by the PSA History Page. The only personal information that the PSA History Page collects is what you choose to provide. Any personal information you choose to provide is used by the PSA History Page strictly in the interest of improving this site, or to support reunion-related purposes in the event of a voluntary e-mail address update.

At certain places, information such as IP addresses may be collected by the ISP that hosts the PSA History Page. This information is used only for server purposes and is not accessible by the PSA History Page. The Guestbook system will save IP addresses as a security measure. These addresses are not readily visible to anyone, and can only be accessed by the Webmaster. These IP addresses cannot be used to identify you or your web site viewing habits.