A contingent of U.S. Air Force flight attendants participated in this year’s NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians conference, not just to learn from their peers but to share their own experiences using dry ice as a cooling medium to keep food safe on long trips. It turns out that a sufficient quantity of dry ice allows for weeks of operation and proper food storage. There are important safety considerations when using dry ice.
“The number-one priority is being safety specialists,” said Dodie Thomas, who works for Altria Client Services and was chosen as vice chairwoman of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee. Mary Ann Fash became chairwoman of the committee, taking over from Scott Arnold. “We’ve come a long way from Emily Post [etiquette lessons],” Thomas added.
If attendance numbers and enthusiasm of those who flocked to San Diego in mid-June for the 16th NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians conference are any indication of the health of business aviation, then this segment is on the upswing.
Geneva-based MasterJet recently took possession of an Airbus A320 conversion by Fokker Aircraft Services. FAS converted the aircraft from airline to executive configuration and included many custom-made features such as Direct View.
If there was any doubt that hundreds of safety-minded aviation professionals were in attendance during the second day of the 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (Cass) on April 21, that doubt was dispelled when the fire alarm sounded. Quick-thinking flight attendant Amy Nelson, at the podium delivering a presentation on cabin safety, reacted with professional flair. “This is not a drill,” she announced.
Fokker Aircraft Services (Stand 1338) is here promoting its Direct View cabin surveillance system for VIP aircraft. Devised for flight attendants, it has a positive knock-on effect on the cabin design. The first example of Direct View was installed in a converted Airbus A320 delivered in April at Fokker’s facility in Woensdrecht, Netherlands.
The Southwest Airlines 737-300 that lost some fuselage skin last month must surely have provided its occupants with some horribly tense minutes, but the airplane made it safely back to terra firma.
The copilot and flight attendant who were detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), along with the Gulfstream V they were flying, have been freed and are now on their way to Belgium and then the U.S., according to a source close to the flight crew.
The FAA finalized a rule that requires Part 135 operators to train pilots and flight attendants in crew resource management (CRM), finally responding to a 2003 NTSB recommendation. Under the final rule, unscheduled charter airlines, air taxis and other Part 135 operators must establish initial and recurrent CRM training for crewmembers within two years of the effective date.
Comlux plans to offer access to remote medical care for passengers on all its charter and managed aircraft. The Swiss aviation services provider recently signed an agreement with MedAire to offer a standard, fleet-wide medical package, including 24/7 access to emergency care doctors, equiping aircraft with on-board medical kits, and aviation medical training for 125 pilots and flight attendants.