Monthly Archives: December 2014

A New Year approaches on runway 2015..

For each of us a “new Year” means different things. It could mean a time to move forward with new goals or working on current ones. It could mean saying farewell to a year that has been less than kind, or for some people it could simply be another day on the calendar.
I am not one to set “resolutions” but I do use the new year as a reminder that life is full of new opportunities, new pages and chapters in our book of life. I believe we should all have goals (big or small) that we continue to work on.
High on MY list is the concept of “working on myself”; being a better person in some way. Helping others, more forgiveness towards others, and keeping my priorities in check. I also need to keep reminding myself that fear is normal, but it cant stop me from pursuing happiness and the success I want.

New year in Aviation
This past year has had its share of heartache in aviation: horrific accidents, a mystery disappearance, and many fatalities. We cant turn back time but we try to learn from mistakes and move forward in hopes that those same mistakes wont happen again.
On a positive note, corporate aviation has continued to grow stronger. New aircrafts, and more clients leading to an increase in jobs! We know that this sector of the aviation industry is not really known for job security because its dependent on a strong financial economy ( which is so unpredictable). In my years of flying I have seen the waves of good times and bad times and just tried to hold on. When I started working as a corporate flight attendant the industry was strong. Then the stock market crashed and private flying came to a screaming halt.. Slowly it has risen again and become stronger than ever, which I am excited about, but I do keep it in perspective( having experienced the fall). Those of us that are committed to a career in corporate aviation- stay in it because we love it ,and are willing to take the risks that go along with it. We are willing to relocate when needed, increase our education, and work hard to keep a good reputation, in order to improve our chances of staying in the game.
I am hopeful and excited for a new year in aviation. I pray for fewer accidents, mysteries solved, and a continuation of growth.

My wish for us all
We only get one life but fortunately we do have each new year to begin again from where we are.. Make changes, start a new chapter in our lives, and leave behind things that have brought us negativity.
I wish for my aviation family a safe and successful year. Use CRM everyday you go to work, and keep your love for the friendly skies and our aviation industry, in your hearts.
For everyone I wish you a new year of happiness and good health,
Not to sound cliché, but of course I also wish for world peace ☺

With love ,
Cobblestones and Heels


Another article for Air Culinaire: “Becoming a corporate F/A in southern CA”

Becoming a Corporate Cabin Attendant in Southern California
Posted on December 9, 2014 by Kathryn Martone [guest author]
Becoming a Corporate Flight Attendant

please check out this link above to see the Air Culinaire Worldwide publication!

here is my actual article:

Does geography play a role in obtaining a job in corporate aviation? I have two answers: yes and no! OK, I will expand on that. And as always, I will be very honest.

I am originally from New York, but I began my career as a corporate cabin attendant in Los Angeles, California. I was much younger at the time, and really lucked out getting a full-time position with zero experience. Again, for one – I was Young. Two – I was hired with no experience. Could I have had that same opportunity in New York? From my knowledge and experience now in the industry, I really don’t think so. Southern California has a strong reputation in the corporate aviation industry for targeting cabin attendants that are under the age of 30. It also has the reputation of hiring candidates that have not yet had cabin emergency training. The goal of most of these employers has been to satisfy the clientele with a young, pretty girl for cabin service.

Has this changed? A little. I have seen the industry raise their standards quite a bit nationwide, including Southern California. However, I still feel that Northern California and the East Coast of the United States still holds the highest standards and tends to hire more experienced, professional and cabin safety trained individuals. Age is also not as much of a factor in other parts of the country as it is here in Southern California (especially the Los Angeles area). So, in short, if you are young, attractive, and have a social and pleasant personality, you have a great shot at being hired by many charter operations in Los Angeles.

Now, having said all of that, there are also highly-reputable companies, such as Jet Professionals that have a presence here and will not hire an unprofessional or untrained cabin attendant. Their hub is in New York, and the standards they hold there extend across the whole country. Superficial things, like age, carry no weight with them. They just want the best quality and highest caliber people for their clients.

What about the process for obtaining a job as a corporate cabin attendant?
This process is pretty much the same in every geographic location:

First – I highly suggest making sure that your cabin safety and CPR trainings are current. If you haven’t taken these trainings yet, contact FlightSafety International or Aircare FACTS for information on training at a location that suits your needs.
Second – Have an excellent resume that reflects your customer service experience, any culinary skills and experience you may have, your education and training.
Third – Take the time to reach out to people in the industry and network as much as possible. Social media sites, like LinkedIn, can be very helpful with this. Attend functions held by groups like the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
Fourth – Figure out what type of employment works best for you (i.e., contract, full-time, Part 91 or Part 135) and select the operations that deal specifically with what you are looking for. Do your research to figure out the right person to contact. Give that person a call, send them your resume, and, if possible, stop in for a visit so they can meet you in person. Even if it’s an unofficial visit, and you are just “dropping off your resume,” wear a suit and play the part. More experienced cabin attendants tend to reach out to the recruiting companies or track down the lead flight attendant for large corporations. In Los Angeles, corporate flight attendants with less experience usually start with local operators (charter companies).
Finally – After you have made contact and applied through the proper channels, all you can do is think positive and continue to follow up.
For help with locating potential employers, I suggest taking a look at a site called Air Charter Guide. You can use that site to locate every operator in your geographic area. Additionally, job sites such as Indeed, Simply Hired, LinkedIn and Climb to 350 will advertise positions for cabin attendants nationwide.

A positive mental attitude, belief in yourself, and perseverance will eventually land you that amazing job you are searching for as a corporate cabin attendant!

With Love,
Cobblestones and Heels

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