Cabin Crew and Flight Attendant Information
Cabin Crew Members were initially referred to as Cabin Boys, Air Hosts, Air Hostesses, Stewardesses, Stewards, Flight Attendants. In the year 1998 the South African Civil Aviation Authority introduced a law which required that all airhostesses/flight attendants be licenced. The SACAA regulations referred to these previously known air hostesses and flight attendants as cabin crew members. To operate as a cabin crew member in South Africa, you are required to have a cabin crew members licence. When airline operators advertise positions for cabin crew members, they have been known to advertise these positions for “licensed” cabin crew. Thus individuals often stand a better chance of getting a position as a cabin crew member when they are in possession of a cabin crew license. The benefits to airline operators hiring licenced cabin crew members is that the duration of their training can be decreased substantially and airline operators are then not accountable for paying their medical assessments, SACAA examination sittings, licenses etc for their crew.
Even though airline operators hire licensed cabin crew members, these crew members will still be required to undertake additional training when they join an airline operator to ensure their own standard operating procedures are followed. The duration of this training will vary from operator to operator.
Cabin crew members play a vital role in air travel, their main roles being to ensure passenger safety and comfort. They are safety and medical officers as well as customer service professionals. Their main duties include:
- Ensuring passengers safety
- Giving medical assistance when required to do so
- Ensuring passenger comfort
The majority of jobs for cabin crew members are with commercial airlines, however the corporate and charter industries are steadily growing.
EPT Aviation Training has owners, managers, trainers and administrative staff members who have a combined 300 years of aviation experience. Staff members were all selected because of their passion for the aviation industry and their first priority always being the competence of the learners they train. Having cabin crew members who are comptent in what they are licensed to do, will ensure that our skies remain safe.
How it all started…….
Western Airlines (1928) and Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) (1929) were the first US carriers to employ stewards to serve food on an aircraft. Prior to the first airhostess being employed, pilots at times, acted as cabin crew members. The first female airhostess was a 25-year old registered nurse named Ellen Church who was hired by United Airlines in 1930. Other airlines followed suit hiring nurses to act as air hostesses or flight attendants on most of their flights. In the United States, in the 1930's this career was one of the few which allowed women to apply. This led to 2000 women applying for 43 positions with Transcontinental and Western Airlines in December 1935. Today it is still a sought after career.