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Safety Tops Agenda for EBACE2013 Cabin Crew Symposium

April 11, 2013

Safety will be the focus of the EBACE Cabin Crew Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21 to 23.

The symposium, which is being presented for the third year in a row by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee’s International Subcommittee and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), will take place on Monday, May 20, just before EBACE2013 officially opens its doors for business.

For flight crews, “passenger safety is paramount; that’s their No. 1 priority,” said NBAA Director of Professional Development Jay Evans, who also acts as a liaison to the Flight Attendants Committee. The capstone session of the Cabin Crew Symposium will be an informal roundtable at the end of the day.

“It will be a chance for the attendees to interact and talk about issues, and it’s meant to be a time for them to be able to exchange ideas and see what they can do to improve their operations,” Evans said.

Expected speakers include: Sue Adare, UK CAA cabin crew inspector, who will talk about regulatory matters in Europe; Paula Kraft of Tastefully Yours Catering, who will discuss safe food-handling practices, European Union regulations and how to fit catering services into a safety management system (SMS); and Monique Lepore of ML Flight Services, who will cover a near-accident emergency and the crew’s response from a flight attendant’s perspective.

While the 2012 London Olympics provided timely fodder for last year’s meeting, Evans said a highlight of this year’s program will be Virginie Bertomeu’s presentation on cultural and catering issues when operating in the Far East and China.

“Several of the speakers will make sure that attendees gain an understanding of how, if you’re flying in those regions or those parts of the world, you need to consider cultural issues, especially in catering,” he said.

The EBACE Cabin Crew Symposium grew out of NBAA’s annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, which next will be held on June 21 and 22 in Washington, DC. Attendees of that conference felt there was an additional need to focus on the European theater, Evans said.

The growth of the EBACE symposium has been proof of that need: The first event attracted more than 30 attendees and last year’s event hosted 58. Evans expects even higher numbers this year, and he adds that there are plenty of spots still available.

NBAA and EBAA have instituted a $25 registration fee for the symposium to help guarantee that those who register will attend. Lunch will be served, in addition to a networking reception. This year’s symposium also will include display tables where sponsors – caterers, safety organizations, cabin crew trainers, and others – may distribute their materials, Evans said.

“What we’re finding overall with the symposium is that we’re creating a network in Europe that enables operators, especially flight attendants, caterers and cabin crew personnel, to know who to go to when they want services in Europe,” Evans said.