SOURCE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Atlantic Southeast Airlines

March 30, 2010 10:54 ET

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Selects Captain Brad Sheehan as Director of Safety

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) -  Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), this week announced that Captain Brad Sheehan has been selected as director of Safety.

In this role, Capt. Sheehan will lead ASA's corporate commitment to safety that includes ASA's flight safety mission to reduce operational risk and support safe flying operations. He is also responsible for ensuring ASA's compliance with safety regulations set forth by governing agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and he will work to develop and implement safety-related programs that further enhance ASA's industry-leading safety culture.

 "Safety is paramount in everything we do as an airline because without it, nothing else we do matters," said ASA President and COO Bradford "Brad" R. Holt. "Capt. Sheehan's demonstrated commitment to developing, implementing and fostering safety programs, his understanding of ASA's safety history, and his strong belief that safety is not only about checklists and programs, but about building a strong safety culture, make him a great fit to be our director of Safety."

Capt. Sheehan began his ASA career in 1997 as a line pilot. Since then, he has held multiple safety-focused roles of increasing responsibility including line-check pilot, check airman and assistant Flight Operations Training Program manager, responsible for developing and supporting ASA's FAA-approved pilot training program governing more than 1,600 ASA pilots. Capt. Sheehan also established ASA's Flight Operations best practices and developed ASA's FAA-approved Company Flight Manual (CFM) and operations manual, all while overseeing and maintaining Flight Operations compliance with governmental security and safety audit directives.

Most recently, Capt. Sheehan served as ASA's Atlanta base chief pilot, responsible for managing and supporting ASA's 1,600 line pilots, and working across ASA's departments and with business partners to increase safety and performance within ASA's operation.

Capt. Sheehan holds a degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University. He replaces Capt. Les Stephens who is taking on a new leadership role outside of ASA, on ASA's behalf.

About Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., is an industry leader in safety that has proactively implemented safety programs like Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) and Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). ASA operates more than 800 flights each day to 105 airports in 26 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Bahamas, Canada, and Jamaica. Under the SkyWest, Inc. umbrella, ASA and SkyWest Airlines form the world's largest regional airline alliance. Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection carrier since 1984 and added a partnership with United Airlines in 2010. The airline operates an all-jet fleet of 160 aircraft and employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals across its route system. For more information, visit

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  • CONTACT: ASA Corporate Communications