Frequenty Asked Questions

What are the benefits of being a flight attendant, air hostess, cabin crew member?

Shopping in the Far East, watching shows on Broadway in New York, staying in great hotels when you are on a lay-over and all this while being paid to do so. Generally after being employed by an Airline for 1 year, you are eligible to apply for rebate holiday travel tickets for you and your family members, and sometimes even friends.

No working day will be the same. Every flight will bring new challenges and the poortunity to serve different people.

What are the disadvantages of being a cabin crew member?

It usually involves very irregular long hours, with the risk of perhaps not being home with friends and family on special occasions.

Fatigue, jet lag and abusive passengers

What are the primary functions of a cabin crew member or flight attendant?

A safe journey is the greatest service we can offer to our passengers and this, as a licensed cabin crew member, is your primary function.

The secondary function of a flight attendant or air hostess is customer service; this is the function which sells the airline operator to the customer, and ensures that they will fly with you again.

Why do some training schools require a medical certificate prior to accepting you for training?

A medical certificate is required for the cabin crew member licensing process. It is very wise to complete your medical examination prior to attending training as this will prevent possible financial loss to you should you be found medically unfit

How long is this medical certificate valid for?

This certificate is valid for 5 years if you are under the age of 40 and for 2 years if you are over the age of 40

How often do onboard emergency situations occur?

Fortunately with the intensive training of flight deck and cabin crew members, as well as thorough maintenance of the aircraft, emergency situations rarely occur. Should these situations occur, crew members are trained extensively to handle these situations

If you are older than 30, is cabin crew still a viable career?

Absolutely! Most private and charter airlines transporting executive businessmen prefer more mature, responsible and experienced adults

At what age should you end your career as a cabin crew member?

Here is the good news…As long as you are found medically fit, you can fly forever. Fortunately, the nature of this job and your passion for travel keeps you young and looking good. In the industry, physique and appearance go hand in hand with the glamour of the job.

Why do people in other professions envy flight attendants?

Easy, your office is in the sky and you do not work from 9 to 5. When everyone is queuing at the bank and in shopping centres over weekends, you are relaxing in an exotic destination. You have conducted your business during off-peak hours and whilst the “on the ground” working person struggles to get things done over weekends.

What are the requirements in terms of height for cabin crew members and flight attendants?

Height requirements are aircraft and operator specific. On the larger carriers, also known as “wide-bodied aircraft”, you need to be taller. The only reason being that you need to reach the overhead stowages and emergency equipment, should the need arise. On the “narrow-bodied aircraft”, you can be shorter as the environment of the aircraft’s interior is much smaller and equipment is more readily accessible. In some cases, if you are too tall on the smaller carriers, you will not be able to fulfil your duties effectively as a safety officer. Therefore, height requirements depend on the operator and the aircraft type you will be operating on.

What guarantees do I have of securing a career as a flight attendant

Any Aviation Training school (other than an Airline) that guarantees you a job is most likely to be misleading you. Your ability to secure employemnt as an air hostess will depend on you, your personality, interpersonal skills, and how you sell yourself. EPT Aviation Training, however, equips you with the necessary CV, skills and preparation for the workplace to facilitate this process. We also maintain a database with your profiles that we will release to airlines seeking recruitment. We will release this with your permission in your search for your dream career.

How do I choose the right school to enrol with?

This is easy to answer. EPT Aviation training, our school, where ethics, professionalism and our candidates are a reflection of our esteemed reputation that we have built up in over 50 combined years in the industry! Not only are we experienced flight crew, but the Managing Director, Marlene Dippenaar was also Head of Recruitment and Selection as well as the Senior Manager of Safety and Service Training at SAA. The Manager of Training and Quality Assurance, Isabel de Oliveira, has conducted initial licensing training since the inception of licensing training for cabin crew in South Africa in 1998 and is the first SACAA Female Designated Examiner in SA. You, therefore, won’t find a more experienced, caring, honest and encompassing partnership

Why should I choose EPT Aviation Training as opposed to other Aviation Training Organisations?

What sets us apart is our commitment to excellence and the fact that we won’t accept any candidate that we believe, through our experience in the aviation industry, will not fit the profile of a flight attendant. We will gladly assist you in finding a suitable career alternative in the aviation industry. For those whom we believe fit the profile, we will go the extra mile. We have an aircraft available at all times to enable realistic training on a daily basis.

What is An Air Hostess?

We use many different words to describe the same thing. The official term used in the South Africa Civil Air Regulations is "Cabin Crew". However the following terms are all commonly used, and mean the same thing: Cabin Crew, Air Hostess, Flight Attendant, Cabin Attendant, Air Stewardess.

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