Posted October 09, 2018 10:00:18 Federal aviation administration (FAA) administrator John Brown has told News.au that all airline personnel who have obtained a legal administrative assistant certification must complete the application before they can be hired on a commercial airline.
The new requirement will allow for the hiring of more flight attendants, flight managers and administrative assistants, Brown said.
“If you’re a commercial flight attendant or flight manager, you’re not eligible for the administrative forbearance.
It’s the same as if you were an airport maintenance supervisor or an airport manager,” he said.
Brown said he’s been told the requirements are being implemented as a pilot training program, with the goal of increasing the number of commercial airline pilots.
While the FAA is a key employer in regional Australia, Brown says it is also a key market.
He said if a person is not a qualified flight attendant, they will not be able to work in Australia.
Brown said the new requirements are a result of a pilot education program he’s run for the past two years.
FAA has a pilot program which offers training and training certificates to qualified pilots and flight managers.
It is also looking to recruit more airline staff and airline maintenance technicians.
A pilot training certificate is a certificate that can be used for commercial airline employment.
Once a person has completed the training and successfully completed their pilot certificate, they can apply for a job on commercial airlines and the FAA will consider their application based on the pilot certificate and the qualifications of the candidate, Brown added.
For the past five years, Brown has been training pilots to take on more operational roles.
Since 2016, he has flown commercial airline operations, working in the skies of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.
Federal Aviation Minister Michaelia Cash also has the authority to make the new pilot training requirements mandatory.
There are about 50,000 pilots working in Australia, according to Brown, and about 1,600 pilots are licensed to fly commercial airline aircraft.
At the moment, the pilots’ pay is paid via a pilot pay scheme.
In February 2018, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) called for the Federal Government to impose an independent regulatory body to oversee commercial airline operators.
Under the scheme, commercial airlines must adhere to a minimum number of safety standards and requirements before they are allowed to operate, with an assessment of each airline and the cost of complying with each standard.
As well as pilot training, the regulator has the power to require airline maintenance companies to provide the airlines with a safety plan and have their operating standards checked regularly.
On Monday, Brown announced a pilot compensation package for the sector, which includes a minimum payout of $500 for each hour worked by an airline’s flight attendant and $500 per hour worked as an airport employee.
More to come.