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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : dca|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : 2i4|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 6500
flight time type : 1860
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 220|
flight time total : 3000
flight time type : 600
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
We were flying a trip that originated in roa and went dca-hpn-dca-orf. The F/a we started with was replaced the first time in dca. The replacement F/a told me that she 'hadn't worked on an mdt in a long time' and wasn't familiar with it. I showed her how to open and close the door and where the emergency equipment and exits are located. She checked the galley, decided she could handle everything ok, and we departed for hpn. When she brought us cokes during the flight she told me that she hadn't worked on the mdt in 3 yrs and hadn't been given any recurrent training on the airplane. Upon arrival in hpn I called our dispatch office to check on her qualifications. I was told that the chief F/a and the director of in-flight services said that the F/a had received recurrent training and was legal for the trip. My problem now was whether to continue the trip with a possibly illegal F/a, or delay the flight until she could be replaced. Since I did not have access to her training records and would risk disciplinary action for insubordination, I elected to continue the trip. Further discussion of the matter revealed that the recurrent training received by some F/a's did not include operating the emergency exits and equipment on the mdt, although they received classroom instruction on the equipment. This is presently being corrected in the recurrent training curriculum.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FA WHO DID NOT MEET CURRENCY REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL AVIATION REGS FLEW TRIP ON ACR MDT.
Narrative: WE WERE FLYING A TRIP THAT ORIGINATED IN ROA AND WENT DCA-HPN-DCA-ORF. THE F/A WE STARTED WITH WAS REPLACED THE FIRST TIME IN DCA. THE REPLACEMENT F/A TOLD ME THAT SHE 'HADN'T WORKED ON AN MDT IN A LONG TIME' AND WASN'T FAMILIAR WITH IT. I SHOWED HER HOW TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE DOOR AND WHERE THE EMER EQUIP AND EXITS ARE LOCATED. SHE CHKED THE GALLEY, DECIDED SHE COULD HANDLE EVERYTHING OK, AND WE DEPARTED FOR HPN. WHEN SHE BROUGHT US COKES DURING THE FLT SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE HADN'T WORKED ON THE MDT IN 3 YRS AND HADN'T BEEN GIVEN ANY RECURRENT TRNING ON THE AIRPLANE. UPON ARR IN HPN I CALLED OUR DISPATCH OFFICE TO CHK ON HER QUALIFICATIONS. I WAS TOLD THAT THE CHIEF F/A AND THE DIRECTOR OF INFLT SVCS SAID THAT THE F/A HAD RECEIVED RECURRENT TRNING AND WAS LEGAL FOR THE TRIP. MY PROB NOW WAS WHETHER TO CONTINUE THE TRIP WITH A POSSIBLY ILLEGAL F/A, OR DELAY THE FLT UNTIL SHE COULD BE REPLACED. SINCE I DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HER TRNING RECORDS AND WOULD RISK DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR INSUBORDINATION, I ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE TRIP. FURTHER DISCUSSION OF THE MATTER REVEALED THAT THE RECURRENT TRNING RECEIVED BY SOME F/A'S DID NOT INCLUDE OPERATING THE EMER EXITS AND EQUIP ON THE MDT, ALTHOUGH THEY RECEIVED CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION ON THE EQUIP. THIS IS PRESENTLY BEING CORRECTED IN THE RECURRENT TRNING CURRICULUM.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.