Flight attendants in the Philippines will soon be playing another role, and that is the role of being a pilot. The Philippine Civil Aviation Authority now requires airlines to train flight attendants to know how to land an airplane in the event that one pilot is incapacitated during mid flight. They will be tasked to assist the remaining pilot in landing the aircraft during an emergency.
So aside from check rides in the cabin, flight attendants will have to pass checkrides on simulators in landing an airplane. There have been situations worldwide where one pilot is incapacitated leaving one to make an emergency landing alone without any assistance.
Airlines are now required to provide flight attendants special lessons on flying an airplane and landing it given an emergency situation. They will need to learn call outs, the basic switches of an aircraft, and terms in order for them to be of assistance to the remaining pilot. This is a developing story and we still need to get word on this.
Airlines though are quite concerned about this as this will lengthen the training time of cabin crew in the Philippines and may the airlines ability to answer the growing demand for air travel. Philippine Airlines presently have 27 aircraft on order and Cebu Pacific has 34. Airlines have spoken about this. Click here to read The Take of Local Airlines on this new policy in the Philippines