Flight Attendant School- Emergency Evacuations

Today students in the 120-Hour Overview had their chance to practice performing emergency evacuations at a nearby flight training simulator facility. The Travel Academy’s flight attendant school has been training people in this procedure for years now. Ms. Julie, one of the school’s instructors, is a former flight attendant. Today she is sharing with us some of her tips for a successful emergency evacuation. 

  1. Assess outside conditions through the window
  2. Assess door condition with back of hand for heat
  3. Hold onto assist handle (and hold onto it!)
  4. Open door
  5. Check for fire, water, smoke, or debris
  6. Pull red handle to inflate the emergency slide
  7. Begin evacuating passengers when slide is fully inflated

To be sure, this is just a brief list. Students are given much more theoretical and hands-on practice in class and at the training facility. Stay tuned for more helpful tips to learn how to become a flight attendant!

Collage of students learning how to perform emergency evacuations

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How to Become a Flight Attendant- Know about Explosive Decompression

If you want to know how to become a flight attendant, you have to know about the many different emergency situations that may arise while in flight. One of these situations is known as explosive decompression. In general, decompression is defined as the inability of the aircraft’s pressurization system to maintain the designated cabin pressure. This is caused by a malfunction of the pressurization system or by structural damage to the aircraft.

The following is a list of characteristics of an explosive decompression:

  1. Occurs in less than five seconds
  2. Large explosion / Loud noise
  3. Structural damage to the aircraft
  4. Debris will be tossed in cabin
  5. Fog occurs
  6. Wind blasts/extremely cold temperatures
  7. Ears will pop & air forced from the body
  8. Oxygen masks will drop
  9. Crew & passengers will show signs of hypoxia if they don’t receive oxygen right away
  10. Rapid descent

And the following is a list of actions for flight attendants to take in a rapid or explosive decompression:

  1. Don the nearest oxygen mask in cabin or lavatory.
  2. Sit down & secure yourself (if there is no vacant seat, stabilize yourself where you are).
  3. Shout commands when you are able.
  4. Remain seated until the flight deck announces it is safe to move about the cabin.
  5. Inform passengers of actions being taken to prepare the cabin for landing.
  6. Instruct passengers to remain seated with seat belts fastened.

Travel Academy students practice putting on oxygen masks

 

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How to Become a Flight Attendant- Learn About Airlines

It’s important to know the history of whatever field you want to work in. If you want to become a doctor, then it’s probably a good idea to know the history of how medicine came to be the way it is now. If you want to be a lawyer, you might want to look into how laws have evolved over the years. The exact same idea applies to flight attendants.

Today in Miss Lynn’s flight attendant class, students gave presentations about the history of an airline of their choice. Of course, bigger airlines such as Delta and United were common picks, but there were also smaller regional airlines that students chose such as Mesa Airlines and Republic Airways. Whatever the student chose, he or she had to present a clear and engaging history of the company. 

This assignment gives students the opportunity not only to learn about an airline, it also helps them hone skills with computers and public speaking, which are needed for any flight attendant to be successful.

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Sylvia gives a PowerPoinr presentation about Hawaiian Airlines in front of the classroom.

 

 

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Cruise Ship Jobs? Climb Aboard!

It is always great to feature students’ success in the travel industry. Last week, we received the great news that one of our former students Lindy had been hired by Oceania Cruises as a cruise manager! She was kind enough to give the details and say some kind words. Enjoy!

“Attending The Travel Academy was the best decision I have ever made. It wasn’t an easy journey to get there, but once at TTA, I excelled. I went into it thinking I wanted to be a flight attendant, but as I learned the other areas of the industry, I decided that being in the cruising industry is where I would be the happiest, but learning it all and having options was a nice benefit of this program.

After applying to several cruise lines, both while attending TTA and after graduation, I stumbled upon Oceania Cruises, an upper premium cruise line that offers mid-size ships at mid-size prices. They are based in Miami, but have a call center in Omaha, NE which is where I live. As a Cruise Specialist in the reservation center it is imperative for me know the product, terminology and the deck plans to each ship and all the amenities they have to offer.

Everything that was covered in the Cruise Line class from the terminology to the popular cruise routes and even the history of cruising and the many cruise lines has already be very helpful and useful in this new job. Without the Travel Agent and Cruise class Portions of The Travel Academy curriculum, I wouldn’t be excelling as much as I am. Even though I am not using Sabre, knowing the basics of a GDS system has helped tremendously. In addition, knowing the airport codes, geography and major attractions at popular tourist sites is proving useful.

I am very thankful to The Travel Academy and the program they offer. My job is already proving to be a great fit. I have impressed the trainers, supervisors and even the other trainees. Thank you to The Travel Academy for the education and training. Best experience I have had in my life up to this point!”

Congratulations, Lindy! All the best!

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Lindy is now a cruise manager at Oceania Cruises.

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How to Become a Flight Attendant- Travel Academy Style

In our last blog we talked about the excitement from the visit by recruiters from Trans States Airlines (US Airways/United Airlines carrier). 

Since then, ten people have begun flight attendant careers with Trans States Airlines! Now these students have a lot of preparing to do and decisions to make. They need to decide what base they want to call home and which training session to attend. After making these important decisions, they will need to actually complete the airline’s specific training. Luckily for them, 98% of Travel Academy graduates successfully finish their training- with flying colors. 

But for the time being, many of the students are simply basking in the glow of a bright new career. Upon finding out that they had been hired, the students were so excited that they had a big group hug with Placement Director Miss TJ. Needless to say, it was a great moment for all of them.

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Flight Attendant Jobs at The Travel Academy

Trans States Airlines (United Airlines/US Airways carrier) sent three recruiters to The Travel Academy to interview and hire students. 

Students had the opportunity to see a company presentation and learn about Trans States Airlines’ history, policies, and culture. After the presentation concluded, students then had the opportunity for one-on-one interviews with recruiters. It was here that the students could really show off what they have learned in the first few weeks of class, including flight attendant duties and responsibilities, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)- not to mention all the professional development that have worked on. 

Clearly the recruiters were (and have been continually) impressed by our students’ skills and professional polish. That is why airlines such as Trans States and many others consistently send recruiters to get the best candidates to fill their open flight attendant jobs.

If you’d like to learn more about how to become a flight attendant for Trans States or any other airline, please visit our website. Also stay tuned to see how many students were hired! 

Trans States Airlines Visits TTA

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Flight Attendant Interview Questions

This has been a big week for students at The Travel Academy. They have spent the past few days holding mock open houses and interviews. As discussed in previous blogs, career development is taken very seriously at TTA. The following is just a partial list of possible flight attendant interview questions that our students were asked. If you want to know how to become a flight attendant, please read on.

1.  Tell me about yourself

The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present. 

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. 

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can. 

4. Do you consider yourself successful?

You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others. 

5. What do co-workers say about you?

Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work.

Mock Interview Day

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Interview Dos and Don’ts

Career development is such an important part of The Travel Academy’s curriculum. We know that all of the technical information in the world means little if you don’t have that professional polish. Today, students in the 120-Hour Overview class had their mock open house and interview day. This day is a perfect opportunity for students to practice how they will conduct themselves in real-life interviews. The following is a list of interview “dos and don’ts” that our students are taught:

Do arrive early. Know the exact place and time of the interview.

Do have your application completely filled out (if available)
before the interview.

Do greet your interviewer by last name using proper
pronunciation. Listen carefully to the name and title of your
interviewer and make a mental or written note of it.

Do show enthusiasm by extending a firm handshake.

Do be aware of your posture at all times. Show confidence in
your body language. Smile!

Do be a good listener.

Do make comfortable eye contact throughout the interview.

Do be factual and sincere in all of your responses.

Do bring several copies of your resume to the interview.

Do ask intelligent questions about the company and the position.
Prepare these questions before the interview.

Do send a thank-you note to your interviewer

Don’t sit until asked.

Don’t chew gum or smoke, even while waiting for the interview.

Don’t respond to questions with “yes,” “no,” or one word
answers.

Don’t make derogatory comments about previous employers,
coworkers or projects.

Don’t try to make the interviewer your “best friend.”

Don’t memorize scripted answers to questions.

Don’t discuss salary, benefits, etc. unless asked to do so by
the interviewer.

Don’t let discouragement show if the interview is not going
well.

Don’t use hand gestures.

Don’t discuss politics or other controversial subjects.

Don’t fold your arms.

To learn more about how to become a flight attendant, please stay tuned to future blogs.

Mock Open House & Interviews

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How to Become a Flight Attendant- Learn Safety Equipment

Hands-on training is irreplaceable when it comes to learning how to use safety equipment. You can read about it all you want, but until you get your hands on the equipment, you don’t fully understand how the thing works. The following is a list of great information about important a few pieces of safety equipment that our flight attendant instructors teach to our students:

1. CRASH AXE:

LOCATION: Flight Deck

PRE-FLIGHT: - In the proper location
– Secure in its brackets
– Plastic cover over blade

USE: Land evacuation or survival

2. FIRST AID KIT (FAK):

LOCATION: Cabin

PRE-FLIGHT: Lead & wire seal is intact

USE: Remove from bracket. To open, lift latches to break the seal.

CONTENTS:
- Adhesive bandage & tape

- Ammonia inhalants
- Bandage compress
- First aid cream
- Scissors
- Wire splint
- Triangular bandage

3. HALON FIRE EXTINGUISHER:

LOCATION: Cabin & flight deck

PRE-FLIGHT: Gauge is in the green. Pin is through the handle, plastic seal is through the pin & the handle. Nozzle free from obstructions

USE:

- Remove from brackets
- Brace against your knee
- Twist the pin to break the seal
- Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle
- Sweeping motions

DURATION: 8 seconds continuously or 25 seconds intermittently

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Flight Attendant Safety

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What to Expect After Flight Attendant School

A lot of people come and go through The Travel Academy’s flight attendant school. Not everyone knows exactly what to expect once they pass and get hired by an airline. Here’s a quick list on you can expect to learn at most airlines once training has begun:

  • After initial ground training a flight attendant will complete 5 hours of supervised flight time to complete the final leg of training in becoming a flight attendant
  • After initial training, Flight Attendants are required to be re-certified once per year on Emergency Evacuations. This training is called Annual Recurrent Training.
  • Federal Aviation Regulations require an aircraft to be evacuated in 90 seconds or less.
  • Initial flight attendant training will include- Aircraft familiarization
    - Announcements
    - Federal Aviation Regulations
    - Customer Service Skills
    - Emergency Equipment Operation and uses
    - Fire Fighting Procedures/types of fires
    - Medical Care Procedures
    - will learn how to communicate with their crew in an emergency
    - will learn how to give directives to passengers in an emergency
    - passenger boarding responsibilities
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