Inflight Training Committee
- The 2022 Recurrent Training (RT) program is underway at all training locations. Read on for information about preflight oral evaluations and acceptable deviations to emergency evacuations commands.
- For those who are attending RT in Seattle, be aware that the training facility has moved this year. Check the RT website for information about the new location, directions, and parking.
- Safety measures such as continued social distancing and HEPA filtration systems in RT classrooms will be in place as a result of AFA advocacy. These measures should be in place as of January 12.
Preflight Oral Evaluations
Management is continuing this year with the requirement to verbally review the preflight for emergency exits and equipment as part of RT evaluations. Similar to last year, preflight oral evaluations do not need to be performed verbatim, can use conversational language, and do not need to be performed in any specific order. If you have questions about the requirements for preflight oral evaluations, we encourage you to seek clarification from your RT instructors in the classroom prior to the start of evaluations.
Acceptable Deviations to Emergency Evacuation Commands
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Lunch Is Not Provided
Please note that lunch is not being provided by the Company at RT at this time. Management had initially planned to provide lunch on day 1 of RT to Flight Attendants in Seattle in conjunction with a management-led “listening session”. Our AFA Representatives brought forward the concern that Flight Attendants in ANC, PDX, SFO, and LGB were not receiving company-provided lunch as well. Shortly after AFA shared this concern, management indicated that they would be temporarily suspending company-provided lunch at RT in SEA, citing COVID transmission concerns. Should management decide to resume providing lunch during RT, it is AFA’s expectation that it will be provided at all training locations.
Change to SEA Training Facility Location
With the high volume of Flight Attendant Initial Training (IT) classes that are scheduled to take place in 2022, classroom space at the Flight Operations & Training Center (FTC) in Seattle has been reallocated solely to the IT program for the time being. RT and RQ classes in Seattle will now be held at the Stinson Building, located just a few miles south of the FTC. For more information about the new location, including the address, maps, and parking information, please refer to the Recurrent Training website (sign on required).
Safety & Social Distancing
Last year, management made the decision to eliminate social distancing in training environments starting in January 2022. As 2022 approached it became clear to the AFA Air Safety, Health, & Security (ASHSC) and Inflight Training Committees that this move was premature as the pandemic is still raging. The AFA ASHSC and Inflight Training Committees approached Managing Director of Inflight Strategy & Support Gloria Chow with AFA’s concerns. We reiterated a previous request for HEPA filtration systems for classrooms and to maintain classroom seating with six feet of separation for social distancing.
Management responded by ordering air filtration units and began working on making the needed adjustments to provide social distancing for classroom seating. We expect all of these changes to be in place by the end of the day on January 12. Thank you to Manager of Inflight Training Delivery Amanda Westendorf, Inflight Training Resource Manager Shaunda Groce, and the entire Inflight Training Team for quickly implementing these changes once the decision was made to change course for safety.