TAKING OFF with Chellie Cameron
Exceptional Employee: Calvin Truitt

Exceptional Employee: Calvin Truitt

April 15, 2019

PHL and PNE are world-class airports, thanks in large part to our exceptional team. To honor those employees who go above and beyond, we are launching a new podcast series, “Exceptional Employees.” These episodes will feature Division of Aviation employees who have been recognized by their peers for their leadership, performance, customer-service focus and innovative approach to their work.

Joining Chellie in this episode is the winner of the 2018 innovation award – Maintenance Coordinator, Calvin Truitt. The Innovation Award is presented to the employee who has demonstrated creativity in developing new or improving existing processes, methods, systems or services related to the Airport’s day-to-day operations and has made innovation a priority among other staff members. 

To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport and to learn more about our exceptional employees, please visit phl.org.

PHL Sign, Fabrication, Carpenter & Paint Shops

PHL Sign, Fabrication, Carpenter & Paint Shops

April 1, 2019
From sign installation to carpentry to paint, PHL’s skilled trades departments are made up of hardworking employees who aim to improve the passenger and employee experience. What may seem like small improvements have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the airport. In this episode, Chellie talks with Steve Rotondi, Superintendent of the Sign, Fabrication and Carpenter Shop, and Gary Litostanski, Superintendent of the Paint Shop. 
To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport, please visit phl.org.
Exceptional Employee: Sol Mack

Exceptional Employee: Sol Mack

March 14, 2019

PHL and PNE are world class airports, thanks in large part to our exceptional team. To honor those employees who go above and beyond, we are launching a new podcast series, “Exceptional Employees.” These episodes will feature Division of Aviation employees who have been recognized by their peers for their leadership, performance, customer-service focus and innovative approach to their work.

Joining Chellie to kick-off this new series is one very special employee, Sol Mack. Sol is approaching his 30-year anniversary with the airport system, currently serving as a senior equipment operator at PNE. Sol was also the first ever recipient of the Performance Award in 2017, which is presented to an employee who has demonstrated exceptional performance and whose contributions help achieve Airport's mission. Sol is well-known among the PHL and PNE team, and serves as an inspiration to many.

To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport and to learn more about our exceptional employees, please visit phl.org.

MarketPlace PHL

MarketPlace PHL

March 1, 2019

MarketPlace PHL is the Airport’s concessions management partner. It is responsible for everything food and retail-related at PHL – including all restaurants, shops, and services, plus retail merchandising units. In this episode, Chellie chats with Clarence LeJeune and Mel Hannah, who oversee the entire MarketPlace PHL operation. Listen as they share the inside scoop on what it takes to bring everyone’s Philadelphia favorites to the Airport. To find out more about MarketPlace PHL please visit philamarketplace.com

To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport, please visit phl.org.
Snow Removal At The Airport

Snow Removal At The Airport

February 14, 2019
Whether it's snow, ice, sleet or slush, there's no doubt that winter weather conditions pose a challenge for airports. In this episode, we'll  give a behind-the-scenes tour of what it takes to keep our runways clean and airport operational during a winter storm. Chellie will lead listeners through a conversation with Tony Alfonse, PHL Airport Pavement and Grounds Superintendent, and Wally Dubois, PHL Operations Officer Supervisor, to answer all of your pressing questions. 
 
To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport and to see pictures our newly named fleet of snow removal vehicles, please visit phl.org
A Chat With Tuskegee Airman Dr. Eugene Richardson

A Chat With Tuskegee Airman Dr. Eugene Richardson

February 5, 2019

In this very special episode, Chellie is joined by World War II hero, Dr. Eugene Richardson, an original member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen. “Tuskegee Airmen” refers to all who were involved in the so-called “Tuskegee Experience,” the Army Air Corps program to train African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft, including pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and other personnel. Their success and achievements led to full integration of the U.S. military in 1948, and paved the way for African Americans to serve as pilots in the U.S. Air Force. 

To learn more, visit Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at tuskegeeairmen.org and taiphila.org

For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit at the Philadelphia International Airport, visit www.phl.org.

Helping Federal Employees Impacted By The Government Shutdown

Helping Federal Employees Impacted By The Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019
The employees at the Philadelphia International Airport and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport are one big family. So, it should come as no surprise that when over 1,000 of our family members are hurting from the government shutdown, the PHL community has joined together to help. Whether it’s our weekly “Meals on Monday” program, a sit-down lunch for all federal government workers at the airport, or opening the doors to a new food pantry, the outpouring of support and people wanting to help has been overwhelming. In this special episode, you’ll hear about what we're doing at PHL and how you can help, whether you're a member of the PHL community or a Philadelphia-area resident.
 
If you are a federal employee in need in the Philadelphia region, we encourage you to visit our Food Pantry in Terminal E by Frontier Airlines between 7:30am-6pm.
 
And if you want to make a donation, please pull up to the Communications Center (located between Terminals C and D) for drop-off between the hours of 9am - 9pm.
Air Service Development

Air Service Development

January 21, 2019

In this episode, Chellie is joined by PHL’s Chief Revenue Officer, James Tyrrell, who oversees air service development. Developing and maintaining a robust air service network is a critical function of any airport, helping to spur local and regional economic growth – but it doesn’t happen overnight. By taking an active approach to air service development, Tyrrell is working to attract new airlines, maintain existing airline partnerships, grow flight offerings, and review route patterns to seek out new business opportunities.

To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport and to see our route maps, please visit phl.org

New USO Lounge In Terminal E

New USO Lounge In Terminal E

November 30, 2018

In honor of the Army-Navy game on December 8th in Philadelphia, Chellie talks with Liberty USO CEO, Joe Brooks about the new USO lounge at PHL. This less than a year old 4,600-square-foot facility has a full restaurant-style kitchen, men's and women's bunk-rooms, a family playroom, theater-style seats, showers and is staffed by Liberty USO volunteers. It’s a place for service members and their families to escape the stress of traveling and to decompress.

To learn more about Liberty USO, please visit libertyuso.org
And to learn more about Philadelphia International Airport, please visit phl.org

International Airport Operations

International Airport Operations

November 19, 2018

In this episode, Chellie is joined by Nicole Maddox, who oversees airport operations at PHL’s International Terminal, A-West. Nicole shared the many components that go into make every international flight takeoff and landing a success, and result in creating a positive experience for passengers.

To learn more about Philadelphia International Airport, please visit phl.org