Boeing Unit Expands Corporate Cabin Training

 - October 2, 2007, 10:28 AM

Cabin-safety and -services training for business aviation flight attendants was introduced late last year by Renton, Wash.-based Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing), a subsidiary of Boeing. This is Boeing’s first venture into business aviation cabin training outside the Boeing Business Jet training program.

The five-day course includes training in evacuation, firefighting, first aid, ditching (in a pool), security, hazardous-materials handling and crew resource management. Flight attendants also receive training in food handling and service.

The training is done in a classroom and two cabin simulators, one of which is a motion-based unit equipped with a passenger-address system, flight-attendant station, passenger seats, simulated smoke and emergency sound effects. The training also incorporates turbulence for added realism. A different cabin simulator is used for galley simulation and food-service training.

The FAR Part 142-approved program has now expanded into two additional courses: a two-day recurrent course and a three-day transition course. The recurrent course provides refresher training for those who have attended initial or transition training within the previous 12 months. An optional third day of first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator training is also available.

People who have previously served as flight attendants on airliners and who now wish to switch to corporate aircraft might be interested in Alteon’s new three-day transition course. Training is focused on flight-attendant duties in a business aircraft environment and on operating effectively as the sole cabin crewmember.

The courses are available only in Long Beach, Calif., at present, but Alteon is considering offering them in Seattle, Atlanta, Miami and Palma, Spain, as well. For more information call (562) 733-2211 or 733-2165.