Aircare FACTS® Training FAQ’s
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CORPORATE CREW MEMBER VS A COMMERCIAL?
Working for a commercial carrier is being part of a large team that is dedicated to moving people from Point A to Point B, within an established routine and dedicated job functions. In corporate aviation the team is much smaller, and much of the problem solving while traveling and caring for passengers is up to you. Assuring passenger safety is your responsibility—those on board are counting on you to keep them safe. On top of this, creativity and attention to detail will be needed to provide service and inflight meals that become a memorable experience for your passengers. To create this savoir-faire you will have to think on your feet!
WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS ON BEING A CORPORATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT?
Federal Aviation Regulations are enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration and you’ll typically find your employer will fall under either Part 91 or Part 135. Most commonly, corporate flight attendants find themselves flying for a charter company, which is a Part 135.
The regulations (FAR 135.331) state that crewmembers serving as flight attendants maintain emergency procedures training on an annual basis, and the NTSB (National Transpiration Safety Board) recommends that training programs contain practical, “hands-on”, aspects when emergency equipment and emergency exits are being trained.
DOES AIRCARE FACTS TRAINING MEET THE FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS?
Aircare FACTS Training bases its program around human-factors, and provides a lot of practical scenario-based training designed to train flight attendants in emergency evacuation and safety procedures specific to corporate and business aviation. Completion of Aircare’s program includes an industry-recognized certification for general safety training requirements for both Part 91 and Part 135, and is widely recognized as the standard in the industry.
BECOMING A CREWMEMBER
WHAT EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION DO I NEED TO BECOME A CORPORATE FLIGHT ATTENDANT?
Aside from completion of safety training, there is little prior experience or education required to become a flight attendant in corporate aviation. Although having an aviation background can help, prior experience in hospitality, nursing/EMS, and culinary food preparation can also be an asset.
HOW LONG ARE AIRCARE FACTS TRAINING INITIAL AND RECURRENT PROGRAMS?
For crewmembers with no previous training, Aircare FACTS Initial Training includes three days of classroom emergency procedures training as well as online preparation, which approximates 40 hours. As an added option, our one day Business Aviation Hospitality Training in collaboration with Flightess is available. View the full program here.
Aircare FACTS Recurrent Training is a two-day long classroom session in addition to online prework. The classes run concurrently. Times and locations for Aircare FACTS Training programs can be found here.
DO I NEED ADDITIONAL TRAINING AFTER FACTS?
Our Initial and Recurrent training are meant to be complete, thorough, and is seen as the industry standard in corporate aviation training. We meet all Federal Aviation Regulations to get you flying, but continuing your education after an Initial FACTS Training is always encouraged and can help set you apart in your career path. You can call the office at (360) 754-9805 and we will help guide you with additional program referrals and suggestions.
WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS AFTER TRAINING?
After your FACTS training is complete, Here are a few immediate actions that are helpful when starting your new career:
- Write your resume and have it professionally checked
- Create business cards
- Update your Social Media accounts
- Leave your resume with FBOs in your area of service
- Join the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other local business aviation groups in your area
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING NATIONAL BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION (NBAA)?
Joining the NBAA will allow you immediate contact-information listings for the flight operations in the association, of which there should be some in your region.
Signing up for conferences and conventions, like the Annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in the fall or the NBAA Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Conference that happens in late spring, can also help to create a relationship in the industry.
DO YOU OFFER JOB PLACEMENT/JOB REFERRALS?
In our Corporate Aviation Indoctrination and Cabin Service Training, we teach how to get started in the industry, including resume writing, marketing and job searching but we do not offer job placements or job referrals. Once you gain the required experience (https://www.aircareinternational.com/flight-crew-qualifications), you should also market yourself through some of the contract staffing agencies by registering these companies. For example, Aircare Crews Staffing connects many pilots and flight attendants with flight operations searching for personnel. If a crewmember works a designated number of days for Aircare Crews in a year, that person’s FACTS training will be provided for the following year by Aircare at no cost.
After training, you will have a means to contact our instructors and administrative team for industry knowledge, and you are welcome to join our closed Facebook group to virtually network with other Aircare clients.
WHAT IS THE FACTS EXPERIENCE?
We are in office Monday through Friday and happy to offer support. We work hard to assist everyone who reaches out to us, from pre-registration to post-training documents. You are always welcome to contact any one of our team members with questions you may have, big or small. Once registered for class, we encourage you to download the Aircare International app from the App Store which will initiate the online preparation process for your FACTS Training session. The classroom portion of the FACTS Experience is a fast-paced and informative two or three days, where crewmember preparedness is the core objective. You and other experienced crewmembers will benefit from real-time, real-world experiences that simulate aviation related emergencies, and you will learn to how to face these emergencies as an asset rather than liability.
WHAT LOCATIONS CAN I ATTEND TRAINING?
We provide the opportunity for all students to join our Open Enrollment training at our Training Centers at least once a month and these locations can accommodate our Indoctrination/Service Training.
- Dallas, TX (DFW)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
- Morristown, NJ (MMU)
- Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Our traveling location dates vary and do not include our 2-day service training.
- Chicago, IL (DPA)
- Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
- San Jose, CA (SJC)
- Seattle, WA (SEA)
See our full schedule for training dates for all locations or call us at (360)754-9805 to find the training location to best meet your needs.
DO I QUALIFY FOR RECURRENT TRAINING?
If you have taken Aircare FACTS Training (or a similar program) within the last 24 months, then you qualify for our Recurrent training. If you have attended training elsewhere, please contact us and we can review your specific situation.
WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR TRAINING?
We recommend reserving your seat in training as soon as you have dates in mind. This will ensure that we have the space to accommodate you. There are no fees to reschedule.
WHEN IS MY FULL TUITION DUE?
Tuition is due three weeks prior to training. Once tuition is paid, your online training is assigned, and should be completed before class begins.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO TRAINING?
Business casual attire is recommended as you will be attending class with potential networking opportunities. Keep in mind that you will be performing drills such as live fire and emergency evacuations, pants or slacks are best and athletic shoes or flats are ideal.
You will also most likely be attending our Water Survival Training, which will require you to get in the pool. As these are meant to simulate real-life experiences when you are performing these drills, we ask that you wear clothing over any bathing suits (i.e. t-shirt and leggings).
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At Aircare International our goal is to serve a flight department that aims to propel ideals to practice.
The degree of our guidance and engagement within your company comes down to your specific operational needs. Aircare aims to add value to a flight operation by providing customizable and robust products in training, emergency preparedness, telemedicine, and staffing while working within framework already established within a flight department. Our focus is to actively serve your business with consistency, experience, and mentorship. We serve the best in the industry and want to share those best practices with you and your team.
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