Aircraft Cabin Management

EASA releases guidance to harmonise cabin crew training

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published guidance on initial training for cabin crew outlining the primary training required to qualify as a certified flight attendant on airlines and certain other commercial operations.

This guidance provides information to operators and training organisations with the main objective of fostering harmonisation by EASA member nations.

EASA said implementation experience has shown that the duration of initial training varies between 50 and 168 hours among member nations. To address this variance, the guidance document recommends a “minimum net training time (excluding breaks) for the conduct of initial training of 95 hours.”

However, ‘a certain level of flexibility in determining the hours assigned to each training element can be substantiated by the training provider to the respective competent authority’.

Another key area covered in the guidelines to encourage consistency includes recommended teacher/student ratios.

For example, “to provide for sufficient supervision and control, a maximum of 20 trainees per trainer is recommended in a classroom environment. When facilitating computer-based training, the trainee‐to‐trainer ratio may be more flexible. A maximum of 30 trainees per trainer is recommended, assuming that the role of the trainer is limited to providing support.”


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