60+ year career recognized
No mention of her safety contributions
CONGRATULATIONS, Bette Nash, a DCA domiciled American stewardess (her word choice), whose career started in 1957. The historic event attracted a lot of news attention, covering:
- the glamour of her job
- her choice of a career
- her friendliness and ability to make the passengers comfortable
- her travels around the world
- her career path—Mohawk, Eastern, Trump Shuttle and AA
yes, the Trump Shuttle
- the most touching story her life as a single mom with a handicapped son
Clearly, Bette Nash has had an exemplary career and seen it all from the DC-3 to the American DCA-BOS-DCA shuttle for which she is really an Ambassador.
With all of this publicity about this octogenarian Flight Attendant, it is unfortunate that neither American nor her Association of Professional Flight Attendants primed the media about Bette’s contributions under her FAA Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency. There are literally hundreds of pictures of her, both from the celebration and her career, but only this one shows her work as a member of the aircraft safety crew.
Congress in 2003, in the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, established a flight attendant certification requirement. The regulatory requirements for flight attendants are lengthy and detailed:
- The Federal Aviation Regulations, 14 CFR Part 121Subpart N; a 2008 revision to Part 121 entitled “Qualification, Service, and Use of Crewmembers and Aircraft Dispatchers”;
- FSIMS Order 8900.1 CHG 310, volume 3, chapter 33, section 4, Safety Assurance System: Flight Attendant Requirements;
- InFO 08016 Flight Attendant Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency: Information on the Web
A number of years ago, airline advertising emphasized the glamorous nature of the “stewardess” position. The unions have worked hard to change that image and actually lobbied to have the safety function incorporated in the 2003 Vision 100 Act.
This would have been a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to at least mention Ms. Nash’s role as a safety professional. Maybe just a picture of her recurrent flight attendant training.
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