2 Weeks Down
Posted by kpillar
It’s been a long and challenging two weeks at flight attendant training. I’ve gotten to class early and stayed until late, had several tests and generally been tested both physically and mentally the whole time. Not to say it hasn’t been a wild and fun ride, but it’s definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve done so far in my life!
The first week was half fluff and half work. The fluff was a lot of “welcome to our airlines” presentations and getting-to-know-each-other exercises, fueled by a lot of candy and free snacks. Little did we know that free coffee would be our life sources later on in training. It genuinely seems like the employees of this company really love it though, judging from the way they talk about and also the fact that many of them have retired after several decades but decided to come back to work.
After a couple of days, they took away the candy. We were left with early mornings and many classes, starting with learning about the Super 80 aircraft. We learned all about the emergency equipment, evacuation drills, general procedures and many other things about this aircraft. It can be kind of daunting watching videos of several “ditchings” (really, just crashes) when you are training to go work on that aircraft. I’m still powering through!
There really isn’t a typical day so far, as we’ve started at different times throughout the day. Basically, we spend a lot of time in the classroom and a little time on the cabin mock-up of the s80. It’s much easier for me to grasp what we’re doing when I can see it in real life. We have a comprehension test on Monday about what we’ve learned and also a proficiency test of our first evacuation drills, which is kind of scary because you must do it perfectly or else it’s a retake. I’m just glad I have 2 days off this weekend to relax a little bit (and fight off this cold that keeps trying to infect me). Next week we have lots of long days and we start with the 737, but we should get our base assignments on Thursday!