CREW Attendant (CREWATT) training across Air Force is undergoing some significant changes throughout 2019 and CPL Kyani Miechel says it is a positive move.
To allow the supplementation of CREWATTs during periods of high tempo, CPL Miechel said those in the mustering will now be cross-trained on the different aircraft at Nos. 33 and 34 Squadrons.
“CREWATTs will now train across all jets to enable a seamless transition between the units when required to supplement crews,” she said.
In her current role working on 33SQN’s standards at RAAF Base Amberley, CPL Miechel said this – among other team building benefits – will expand the scope of her role.
“I also review and align standard operating procedures and there is increasing opportunities to branch out into checking and instructor roles, driver training and aviation safety roles.”
Prior to enlisting three years ago, CPL Miechel worked for both Virgin Australia and Tigerair and can now fly as a solo CREWATT with up to 14 passengers on-board the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
“The CREWATT role in Defence is so dynamic and diverse, offering both domestic and international travel, outside a normal 8am to 5pm, Monday to- Friday job.
“No one day is the same. First, you could be travelling with 270 passengers, then be away for two weeks on a VIP task, or next be on a deployment for three months.
“As you progress and your personal situation changes, flexible working and study options, and ample family support, is provided.”
The Air Force Gap Year Program is offered to school leavers and CPL Miechel encourages any young travel lovers who like customer service to apply.
“The role is fantastic – it’s like hospitality in the sky and so much more than just serving tea and coffee,” CPL Miechel said.
“Some of my favourite tasks to date have included the Australian International Airshow at Avalon and flying the Minister of Defence and CDF into Kabul in the Middle East.
“If I ever have a hard day, all I have to do is look out at the sunset from the jet and be in awe of all the amazing things I have witnessed and achieved.”