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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3255

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 1 May 1980:

(   1 ) Is the training of RAAF stewards currently completed without training on Boeing 707 aircraft; if so, do stewards not trained for these aircraft serve on them.

(2)   If this is the case, is the situation (a) contrary to standard procedures and accepted safety guidelines and (b) of serious concern to RAAF personnel.

(3)   Was a training course for stewards recently cancelled because of a lack of applicants for the course.

Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Flight stewards currently serving on Boeing 707 aircraft have all undergone a full course of training appropriate to the aircraft before the start of full-time flying duties with No 37 Squadron, the operating unit.

On the occasions needed, supplementary flight steward crews for Boeing 707 operations are drawn from a pool of flight stewards at No 34 Squadron, all of whom have at least received training in emergency procedures for the aircraft.

The training of these flight stewards has been carried out by QANTAS and the RAAF.

(2)   See (1) above.

(3)   A flight steward course was scheduled to start on 28 January 1980, but it was postponed because of lack of applicants at that time. Also, TAA which now conduct the steward phase of the course was unable to conduct this training until 28 April 1980. The course is now underway with eight students and is expected to finish on 18 July 1980.

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