FAQ n.19195

Why does initial training under Part-CC require providing to cabin crew practical training of rafts even if the operator’s aircraft to be flown is not so equipped?


Reference: Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 on aircrew, Part-CC

Under EU-OPS, practical training on the use of rafts was required during initial training.  As EU-OPS was a regulation directed, and applicable, to operators, an operator could provide raft training only ‘before first operating on an aeroplane fitted with life-rafts or similar equipment. The training was conducted with the operator’s specific equipment/rafts.

The new Part-CC cabin crew attestations (CCA) are also issued for life time and recognised across all EU. However, conversely to the EU-OPS attestation, CCA are subject to certain conditions (e.g. validity) to attest the competence of the individual cabin crew member. This is as foreseen in the Basic Regulation taking into account the increasing mobility required from staff in the aviation sector and the need to further harmonise cabin crew qualifications.

Part-CC is part of the Aircrew Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 as amended. The initial training syllabus is no longer ‘operator related’, and the practical training of the use of rafts or similar equipment and actual practice in water are therefore not specific to a particular operator’s equipment. It is required in all cases, in consistency with the fact that all CCA holders, when recruited, are expected to have the ability to perform all types of cabin crew duties, including ditching related duties in water.

When operators are granted an approval to provide Part-CC Initial training and to issue the related CCA entitled to mutual recognition across the EU, they no longer act only as an operator training its cabin crew for its specific operations, but as training organisations training future cabin crew who, in their life time, may also operate with other operators and in other Member States.

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