Cabin Crew Training

Hello Everyone,

I would like to start this blog by saying a huge thank you to for letting me visit the SIM centre to experience cabin crew training! (Scroll down for videos!)


I drove up to Leeds Bradford with my dad to the training centre at 9:00 AM on the 9th of September to arrive at the centre for 12:00 for the training.

In total, the training session was 2h30 minutes long.

James and Louise took me around the centre and I got to: do the safety demonstration, open the Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 757-200 door, slide down the B737 and B757 evacuation slides, serve coffee and tea in the customer service mock-up cabin, learn about pilot incapacitation, fight a fire in both and over head locker and on a seat, wear a smoke hood and learnt how to correctly fit one, use a BCF (a pressurised water one as BCF's are highly toxic!), learnt how to operate and use an aircraft wheelchair, saw a flight simulator, did a fire in the cabin exercise, learnt how to find passengers who are unconscious in a smoke filled cabin, did a mock emergency landing exercise, did a PA and learnt about uniform standards and's expectations and why they are such a good company. (High levels of customer service.)


When I arrived, I was met by Louise and James who are cabin crew and cabin crew trainers for the airline. We then went through to the cabin crew and pilot training centre and had a tour of the whole place. After the tour we proceeded to the cabin trainer where I watched the trainers do the safety demonstration and after that I gave it my best shot. (post continues down below)

After doing the safety demo, we discussed how you communicate to passengers who are not listening or paying attention to the safety demo and how to get them too listen. We also discussed why we do a safety demo and how to position your self when doing it. (Feet planted apart so you do not fall over when the aircraft is moving away from the stand and taxiing).

We then had a look at the on board wheelchair. The wheelchair is tiny and can hold up to 23 stone! It is mainly used for pushing passengers with reduced mobility to the bathroom and back. I also learnt how to operate it and pack it away again and how to return passengers to their seat. (I also learnt how to open the end arm rest.) To return passengers to their seat, you have to keep the wheelchair facing forwards by moving backwards through the aisle. You also have two crew operating the chair; one to drive it and the other one to keep the passenger entertained and to ask other customers to tuck their legs and arms in.

After that, we moved on to emergency situations and fires. James and I, took the training smoke hoods down from the overhead bin and put them on in a praying motion and then back of the head to the front of the head.

James then put on the fire gloves and we went outside of the trainer and let Louise fill the cabin with smoke. We then entered the cabin and tried to figure out the source of the fire and then I got the BCF and handed it to James he then extinguished the fire and we then checked for other fires throughout the cabin. I then passed him a torch and some water to double check the fire was out.

Then we heard the announcement to take our seats for landing. We removed our smoke hoods stowed our equipment and fastened our seatbelts on the jump seat.

The command that came from the cockpit next was 'Brace, Brace!' so we then started our commands and adopted the crew brace position. Then we landed and evacuated on water!

After that, we then checked the cabin before leaving to ensure that every passenger had left the aircraft. I found a passenger in the toilet and in their seat. (Post continues below)

 We then head outside to the fire fighting trainer to extinguish some real fires! I applied the smoke hood again and was handed a BCF filled with pressurised water. I then waited outside the room to the go in and stand behind the fire and aimed my BCF at the base of the fire and sprayed at it until it went out, then I got nearer to it and continued spraying until I could see no more flames. I then proceeded to the other side to attempt an overhead bin fire. I again entered the room, and then I lifted up the bin slowly to reveal the flames and then sprayed the BCF at the base of the fire until it extinguished

 Next, we went back in side and went back up to the cabin trainer where we had a go at opening the doors!

In the cabin trainer, there is a door that is the same weight as a Boeing B737 door and is an exact replica.

The doors give a lot of force when they are pulled back in during closing however to open the is so much fun!

Then we headed to the slides to experience how fast they were. The slides are quite high but are easy to get down from as all you needed to do was to lean far forward and keep your arms across your chest and on your shoulders. DO NOT PUT YOUR ARMS DOWN!

When you reach the bottom you have to remember to let the force make you run forward as if you put your feet down too early, you could fall flat on your face!

We then proceeded to the customer service training cabin trainer to check out the galley equipment and customer service and food service skills.
''Any drinks or snacks?''

After that, we went to the B757-200 door trainer to try out opening the door, this door is more heavier than the B737 door and is a tiny bit bigger.

Finally, a big thank you to for having me and thanks to 
 James and Louise (crew trainers at Leeds Bradford) and also Sarah Marshall for organising this for me! I one day hope to join the cabin crew when I am older and hope see Louise and James when I go to cabin crew training. Thank you all so much!

James and Louise; Thank You!
                                                    OPENING THE B737-800 SERIES DOOR


I will be blogging again soon so stay tuned and I hoped you enjoyed my post and once again thank you for checking my blog out!


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