Each June, NBAA’s Flight Attendants Conference (FAC) promotes the professional development of full-time and contract flight attendants, flight technicians and cabin safety professionals. Hosted by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee, it focuses on the importance of having trained flight attendants and technicians on board corporate aircraft and is a forum for discussing industry changes affecting cabin safety, security and service.
Even within the Fortune 50 flight departments, the question still arises sometimes as to whether or not cabin crew is required on board. In fact, if you have fewer than 19 passengers and the flight is operating under Part 91 or Part 135, the regulations do not require a third crewmember. But many of the lead flight attendants and cabin service managers who attended the FAC asked if that is smart. Some even voiced the desire for FAA regulations demanding a third crew member for any jet that has an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds.
In a rare public disagreement among crew members, the captain of Air Canada 139, an Airbus A320, and the three flight attendants on duty on June 8, argued about odd odors emanating from the aircraft ventilation system. The cabin crew thought they represented an unsafe condition; the captain did not.
Crewmembers can now complete their initial and recurrent training requirements for both first aid and emergency procedures through new bundled offerings from MedAire and FlightSafety International. Under the new program, crewmembers can schedule, attend and complete required emergency preparedness training offered by FlightSafety and MedAire at one location, reducing travel time and expenses.
Stress is all around us these days. Probably nowhere more so than in the pack ’em in, move ’em out world that travel by air has become–at least for those unfortunate enough not to have access to their own aircraft or private charter.
Global businesses need global travel solutions. For many international business travelers that solution is an extra-long-range business jet.
Several examples of such jets are on display here at EBACE, as mockup or real aircraft. Imagine walking up the airstair, stepping inside, sitting down in the cabin and thinking what it would be like to be on this airplane for 12 or 13 hours. You might wonder, “Could I sleep in this seat? Will there be a flight attendant? How many other passengers would there be? Do companies really fly this jet to its maximum range?”
Aircare Solutions Group’s training courses in crewmember emergency procedures are now available to business-aircraft operators, pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and flight engineers based in Europe. Announced at last year’s EBACE show, the Aircare Facts Training program is provided through regularly scheduled safety events at a fixed-base training center in Amsterdam, where six such courses are planned for this year.
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.
Private aircraft makeover specialist Flying Colours is embarking on what may well be the company’s most ambitious project. Known for its Execliner renovations, which turn Bombardier’s CRJ family of regional airliners into well-appointed business jets (also known as Challenger 850s), the Canadian cabin completions specialist has begun work on what it describes as its first “fully loaded” CRJ200 conversion.
Notwithstanding US Airways estimates that a merger with bankrupt American Airlines would create at least $1.2 billion in new value for the combined companies, American continues to pursue its own path toward restructuring, arguing last week in bankruptcy court that it needs to void the contracts