MENASASI Middle East and North Africa Society of Air Safety Investigators


CASA: Cabin Safety Bulletin No. 16


Cabin Safety Bulletin 16 - Training facilities and representative training devices


Date of publication: 

13 February 2019

A cabin safety bulletin is an advisory document that alerts, educates and makes recommendations about cabin safety matters. Recommendations in this bulletin are not mandatory.

Who does this bulletin apply to?

This bulletin applies to all charter and regular public transport (RPT) operators of Australian registered aircraft and should be read in conjunction with section 82 of Civil Aviation Orders.

What is the purpose of this bulletin?

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide operators with guidance relating to cabin crew training facilities and representative training devices. Excerpts from ICAO Doc 10002 AN/502 Cabin Crew Safety Training Manual, first edition – 2014 are contained in this bulletin.

This bulletin describes an example of an acceptable means, but not the only means, of demonstrating compliance with regulations and standards. On its own this bulletin does not change, create, amend or permit deviations from regulatory requirements, nor does it establish minimum standards.


The role that cabin crew members play, both in terms of day-to-day safety management in normal operations and in the event of an abnormal or emergency situation, requires that they undergo specialised and thorough training to gain sound knowledge of their safety role and the required competencies needed to perform their duties and responsibilities.

Emergency situation training should be developed to ensure that cabin crew meet the following knowledge and ability criteria:

  • knowledge of crew coordination, emergency procedures and emergency equipment
  • knowledge of each crew member's emergency procedures, signals and safety related duties
  • ability to recognise an emergency and select appropriate procedures
  • ability to take the initiative and promptly implement the appropriate emergency procedures
  • ability to assume decisive leadership in the event flight crew members are incapacitated or unable to participate.

The operation of equipment must be well practiced and free of error for safety and operational reasons. Where the use of real equipment is not possible, representative training devices and equipment capable of simulating realistic emergency situations may be acceptable and must be approved by CASA.

Read more on  Training facilities and representative training devices guidance (PDF 322.29 KB).

Additional resources

  • Aeronautical Radio Inc. (ARINC) Guidelines for Cabin Training Devices Report 435
  • Civil Aviation Authority UK (CAA-UK) Requirements and Guidance Material for Operators CAP 789
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Air Operator's Certificate Handbook Volume 4 – Specialist Areas
  • Civil Aviation Order (CAO) Part 82 Section 82.3 Conditions on Air Operators' Certificates authorising regular public transport operations in other than high capacity aircraft
  • Civil Aviation Order (CAO) Part 82 Section 82.5 Conditions on Air Operators' Certificates authorising regular public transport operations in high capacity aircraft
  • Civil Aviation Order (CAO) Part 20 Section 20.11 Emergency and lifesaving equipment and passenger control in emergencies
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 6 Cabin Safety and Flight Attending Training 1 CHG556
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Cabin Crew Safety Training Manual Doc 10002
  • Safety Investigation Authority Finland (SIAF) Smoke in Cabin and Evacuation of Airlines at Turku Airport on December 3, 2017 Report 16/2018
  • Transport Canada (TC) Division VIII Training Program 135