Aviation safety issues and actions

Representativeness of cabin crew training facilities

Issue number: AO-2008-053-SI-05
Who it affects: Operators of passenger transport aircraft fitted with emergency supplementary breathing oxygen systems.
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-053
Issue release date: 22 November 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Training facilities have been enhanced to address the issues noted.

Safety issue description

Cabin crew training facilities did not appropriately replicate the equipment installed within the aircraft, including the drop-down oxygen mask assemblies.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2008-053-NSA-057
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 22 November 2010
Action status: Closed
The operator has advised the ATSB that all facilities used to train cabin and flight crew-members now have appropriate drop-down oxygen mask assemblies, so as to accurately simulate the aircraft cabin during a depressurisation. All training modules relating to depressurisation have been revised and upgraded, and have been implemented into all training programs undertaken by staff.

ATSB comment:

Last update 04 February 2014