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 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 World – presented 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 Go – panel discussion by Sara Culver-Truby, Risako Suzuki, Dodie Thomas and Armando Visitacion
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 Organization – panel 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 Plating – presented 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
No-host bar; Get your groove on with a dance party high above Marina Del Rey. Entertainment TBD


Program: Day 2

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

10 - 11 am – Connectivity with Satcom – presented 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 – Taming the Unruly Passenger – presented by FA Sterling Jensen
An unfortunate byproduct of the COVID pandemic has been the emergence of unruly passenger behavior. When tensions rise it is important for crewmembers to know how to react to diffused and control the situation. This is critical in establishing a safe environment for all passengers and crew onboard. During this session, Flight Attendant Sterling Jensen shares her experience with an out-of-control passenger, what she learned from the experience and how you can best be prepared if faced with a similar situation.

12:30 - 2pm – Networking and Lunch

2 - 3 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.  

3 - 3:30pm – Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm – Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness & Assistance – presented 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.

4:30 - 5 pm – Farewell Networking
Stay and mingle with session speakers and bid farewell to your fellow FAFTS attendees
Attendee and Vendor Notice

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