Aircare International is proud to support the business aviation flight attendant and flight technician community by presenting the Flight Attendant and Flight Technician Summit on April 6 and 7, 2022 in Los Angeles at the beautiful Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel. The Flight Attendant and Flight Technician Summit (FAFTS) is a dynamic, two-day program solely designed by, and for, business aviation professionals working as flight attendants and technicians in FAR Part 91, 125 and 135 operations. Attendees will hear from some of the best and brightest in the industry, while expanding their network and refining the professionalism that will set them apart.

As an additional component of the conference and program, FAFTS will feature representation from a variety of aviation-focused caterers from across the country so that attendees can get to better know those who contribute to their inflight service offerings. Attendees will also have access to a number of staffing company representatives so that those seeking work as contractors can get their name and professional profile in the hands of those connecting freelance cabin crew with employment opportunities. There will be time during networking and breaks to meet with these contacts who will be stationed throughout the venue, expanding the resources available to you as a professional cabin crewmember working in business aviation.

FAFTS Registration is $120 and space is limited. Don’t miss out on this incredible program coming April 2022!

For Additional Questions: email Attendee Questions to FAFTSattendee@aircareintnl.com
Networking and Professional Development: Throughout Aircare International’s two-day Summit will be session breaks and mingling sessions where attendees can share amongst themselves as well as spend extra time with presenters. Aircare is providing this opportunity to help those within the Flight Attendant and Flight Technician community to learn from each other, and to help deepen the bond within the community that already exists.

Staffing Companies serving Business Aviation:
Ongoing throughout the Summit is an opportunity for attendees to gain exposure, rapport and familiarity with those providing contract work for Flight Attendants. Many within the flight attendant community are ready to contribute to a flight department, but cannot find a way in. Throughout the Aircare FAFT Summit and during breaks, representatives from a number of contract-staffing companies will be onsite and available to review resumes, and get to know you as a candidate for work within their customer base. This is an excellent opportunity to set yourself apart in what can be an impersonal realm, and to gain the perspective of how to market one’s self as a Flight Attendant from those actually filling jobs.

Catering Companies: In an effort to add an elevated experience for our FAFTS attendees, Aircare International and the FAFTS committee would like to showcase several catering companies who specialize in the inflight catering experience. This event will be attended by the countries’ top business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians eager to make connections and learn valuable inflight tips and tricks to use on board for their next flight.

Aircare International's Role: As sponsor for the Flight Attendant and Technician’s Summit, it is our hope that attendees take advantage of this opportunity and program to further establish their standing within the aviation industry, and to strengthen the level of professionalism for all who work as cabin crew. The Summit is, by design, affordable and impactful. This is a program for Flight Attendants and Technicians created by a group of dedicated professionals within that role. Aircare recognizes the power of this network, and is proud to offer those within the the corporate flight attendant training industry a forum for which to sharpen skills, deepen relationships and hone professionalism that will benefit all who participate.
Program Schedule

Program: Day 1

Wednesday April 6, 2022  |  8 am - 5 pm
Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided Onsite

9 -10 am – Managing Stress and Wellbeing in a (Post) COVID Worldpresented by Desiree Perez, Certified Professional Executive Leadership Coach
As aviation professionals we often deal with the inevitable stress of the fast pace and constant change of our industry, and we must develop skills to cope with these situations in a healthy way. Today’s climate of complexity adds to what are difficult circumstances, and Desiree will provide a framework for which to tackle stressors like your job, your surroundings and your relationships. This session will provide you with effective strategies on how to manage and reduce stress as well as increase your overall wellbeing so that you can be the best professional version of yourself that you can be.

10-10:30 am – Break

10:30 - 11:30 am – Trip Logistics 101: Know Before You Gopanel discussion by Risako Suzuki, Dodie Thomas and Creighton Anderson
This experienced panel will discuss the roles and responsibilities of flight attendants and flight technicians within different types of operations and flight departments. Collectively this panel has done it all, and they are eager to share contextual ideas and relevant experience to elevate your trip logistics knowledge base as a cabin crewmember.

10 - 11:30 am – Lead Flight Attendant Breakout Session – Moderated by Shannon Weidekamp of Crew Aviation
The Lead Flight Attendant Forum is to educate, share and discuss issues Leads/Managers face. This peer-to-peer exchange is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with industry counterparts from around the country who share similar job duties and responsibilities. Join the discussion for COVID policies and procedures, vaccination/testing requirements, annual budgets, taxes, insurance, HR concerns and more. Who should attend: Lead FA’s or FT’s, FA Managers, Departments with a Single FA, Those considering a management position within the industry.

11:30 am - 1 pm – Networking and Lunch

1 - 2 pm – Trip Logistics 102: Pre-Trip Planning and Trip Organizationpanel discussion by Karen Hall, Lesley Revuelto and Dodie Thomas
Expert panelists discuss the start-to-finish of trip preparation, from a trip’s inception to its completion. This panel will share checklists, discuss budgeting and share information on menu creation, pre-flight preparation, en route restock, as well as post-flight organization and planning. Whether you are just entering the industry or you have years of experience, you will be sure to walk away from this session with new tools and ideas to make your next trip more polished and organized.

2 - 2:30 pm – Break

2:30 - 4 pm – Flightess and the Art of the Welcome Table: Flowers, Presentation and Platingpresented by Jamie Gibson
Jamie Gibson has rewritten the status quo of inflight hospitality with her brand and business, Flightess. Flightess specializes in the innovation of onboard service and has swiftly electrified cabin crew from all over the world with her grace, professionalism and plethora of inflight service tips and tricks. During this session, Jamie will demonstrate how to source and create thoughtful floral designs and canapés for a modern welcome table while focusing on space and time restraints surrounding service onboard the aircraft. Additionally, she will share innovative presentation and plating ideas to level up your next inflight hospitality experience. You will walk away with easy tips and tricks to create beautiful and sophisticated floral and culinary combinations.

4 - 5pm – Day End Networking
Be sure to bring your business cards to share with new contacts while reconnecting with old friends. All panelists and speakers from the day will be in attendance with the program attendees and look forward to meeting and networking with you.  

7:30 - 10:30 pm – Post Dinner Evening Social  –  at the Marina Del Rey Marriott
Cash bar; Get your groove on with a dance party high above Marina Del Rey. Entertainment by DJ EZ Beatz


Program: Day 2

Thursday April 7, 2022  | 9am - 5pm
Lunch Provided Onsite

10 - 11 am – Connectivity with Satcompresented by Jason Rigby from Satcom
No internet connection inflight can seem like a crisis to passengers and a headache for the crew. Learn the ins and outs about how your Satcom system works. Jason will discuss valuable troubleshooting tips to assist you with your next inflight connectivity issue without panic, so that you can get back to do what you do best – providing exception inflight service, safety and hospitality.

11 - 11:30am – Break

11:30 - 12:30 pm – Safety and Security in Today’s World – presented by Daniel Foust from Corporate Aviation Security International, LLC
Crews and passengers alike are experiencing increased safety and security issues worldwide, especially those utilizing private aviation for travel. In this session, Daniel Foust from Corporate Aviation Security International provides expert insight to evolving and expanding global threats and what you can do to prevent, or properly react, to dangerous situations. FAFTS attendees will learn avoidance strategies and suggested responses to security threats that present themselves in uncertain and unfamiliar travel environments.

12:30 - 2pm – Networking and Lunch

2 - 3 pm – Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness & Assistancepresented by Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program
The past two years have been stressful for most. This engaging presentation will discuss awareness of drug, alcohol and mental health related challenges as well as provide resources for those struggling with, or experiencing these challenges. While this topic can certainly be uncomfortable to discuss, knowing the signs and symptoms can dramatic aid in getting people the help they need to recover. Lack of awareness and resources can too often be tragic and with open and honest conversation, those tragedies can be avoidable.

3 - 3:30pm – Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm – FAFT Summit Town Hall – a Q & A with Summit Speakers
A space for summit attendees to dive deeper into speaker presentations with an end of summit Q & A session.

4:30 - 5 pm – Farewell Networking
Stay and mingle with session speakers and bid farewell to your fellow FAFTS attendees
Attendee and Vendor Notice
About the Speakers
Desiree Perez
Leadership Coach and Aviation Consultant, Desiree Perez Coaching & Consulting
Desiree is a recognized expert in the aviation industry for her work with leadership teams and individuals on leadership and professional development. Prior to her 18 years in aviation, Desiree lived in Argentina, then Germany, before being relocated to the US in 2011. Desiree served as a senior leader in the aviation industry on a global level, leading multicultural customer excellence teams for some of the most recognized airlines, airports and service providers. During that time she witnessed first-hand the importance of leadership development. Desiree currently speaks on the importance of leadership development in an ever-changing aviation environment, with an increased focus on profitability, customer service and safety.

Jamie Gibson
Founder, Flightess
Jamie is a leading Luxury Hospitality Expert and Chef. Flightess was founded in 2018 and is now the largest online resource and platform for Corporate Flight Attendants in the world. Flightess is responsible for bringing forth new ideas and innovation in the realms of VIP hospitality with an onboard culinary focus.

Daniel Foust
Founder of Corporate Aviation Security International, LLC: CASI
Daniel is a business aviation professional and military veteran with two decades of experience in business and military aviation. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in aviation operations, and a Master of Science in terrorism and counter terrorism studies. He piloted fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft while serving in the U.S. Military, as well as operated UAV’ sand helicopters as a government contractor overseas.

Jason Rigby
Director, Training Operations, Satcom Direct
Jason began his career as an avionics manufacturing inspector and later, manufacturing quality instructor, at Rockwell Collins in Melbourne, FL.Jason joined Satcom Direct in 2015 as a technical training instructor charged with presenting aviation IT and Inspector Authorization renewal courses to Business Aviation and Military customers. As the Director ofTraining at Satcom Direct, Jason continues to design, develop, and deliver aviation-focused connectivity training to flight departments and military personnel. Jason has industry certifications in professional training and computer networking, including aeroIT, Network +, and CTT+ Certified Technical Trainer.

Covid Protocol Notice

Aircare’s highest priority is the health and safety of all event participants. We will follow policy and protocols mandated by LA County and the Marina Del Rey Marriott at the time of the event. This may include a vaccine requirement, masks and/or daily testing; so plan accordingly. Up-to-date information will be posted on the event website at www.aircareinternational.com/FAFTS2022