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Andy Clubb.

I have worked in the aviation industry for over 35 years as cabin crew, a safety instructor and a flight simulator operator.

I developed the hugely popular British Airways Flight Safety Awareness Course which has now evolved into the Flight Safety Awareness Presentation.

I started my flying career as cabin crew in 1982 for Britannia Airways, based at Gatwick Airport.

In 1988, I moved to the British Airways charter airline, Caledonian Airways as a Senior Cabin Crew Member. I spent 9 years with Caledonian and I became a safety instructor specialising in training our pilots and cabin crew in SEP (Safety Equipment & Procedures). I was responsible for writing Caledonian’s regulatory SEP Manuals, the training syllabus and examination papers. I was also responsible for developing the Aviation Security Training and I attended the Department for Transport’s Aviation Security Programmes, including: The Air Crew Instructors Course; and The Recognition of Firearms, Explosives and Incendiary Devices Course.

In 1997, I joined British Airways as cabin crew based at Heathrow and soon moved into the Training Department to train SEP. I instructed all aspects of SEP including New Entrant, Annual Recurrent and Aircraft Conversion Courses. I also had the opportunity to visit the United States Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma to go through their Decompression Chamber Training and advanced Ditching Training.

In 2001, I moved to British Airways Flight Training where I was trained to operate and fly all the different Airbus and Boeing full-motion flight simulators. The flight simulators are exact replicas of the different types of aircraft in the British Airways fleet.

In 2003, I developed the British Airways Flight Safety Awareness Course which we delivered to 17,000 delegates up until we moved to a new training facility in 2015.

During the course, we used a full-motion Boeing 737 cabin simulator to simulate an emergency situation shortly after take-off. This led to an emergency landing and full aircraft evacuation from a smoke-filled cabin. This exercise generated many questions and during the debrief we had the opportunity to answer all the questions and give explanations so that the delegates got a greater understanding of what to do in various emergency situations, such as decompression and ditching the aircraft on water. Each delegate was able to practise opening an aircraft door and an over-wing exit. They also got to practise the safe way to jump down the emergency evacuation slide. The course finished with everyone sitting in a simulated smoke chamber to understand the effects of smoke and how this was relevant to aircraft and hotel situations.

When British Airways moved to a new training facility in 2015 it was no longer possible to offer this full course. Subsequently, I developed the Flight Safety Awareness Presentation that I could take to companies. It contains all the important safety information and advice from the full course but can be conveniently and cost-effectively delivered at customer offices or facilities.

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