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Chapter 2. Crew composition

Table of Contents
2.1. Flight crew
2.2. Cabin crew
2.3. Positioning crew
2.4. Inspectors and Auditors

2.1. Flight crew

The minimum flight crew is two pilots, at least one of whom must be a Captain. In addition, a safety pilot fully qualified to operate in the right seat must be carried for base training and line flying under supervision until positive release.

The maximum age for a pilot is 65. Not more than one pilot may be aged 60 years or more. Pilots with Operational Medical Limitations must not fly together and must not fly with pilots aged 60 years or greater.

Inexperienced (***) flight crew must not operate together. To be considered experienced, crew must have completed 100 flight hours and 50 sectors within 120 days of final line check or 150 flight hours and 50 sectors after final line check without time limit. A Captain, in addition, must successfully complete their first recurrent simulator session and a first officer must complete a continuation training flight.

At least one flight crew member must be present for boarding.

The minimum crew for taxiing is a Commander and a second pilot, both qualified on type.

The commander must sit in the left seat unless required to command from the right seat in order to conduct a training detail. Captains may only operate from the right seat if they have undergone specific training and recurrency checks (see EOM 4.2.2).

All AOC holders may interchange flight crew; conversion training covers the requirements of all three AOCs. Any differences between AOCs are published by NTC. Crew are required to ensure they are familiar with current differences.

[EOMA 4.1.1, EOMA 4.2]

2.2. Cabin crew

The minimum cabin crew is 4 unless operating an A319 with seat blockers, in which case it is 3, or operating a non-commercial flight with less than 19 passengers, in which case cabin crew are not required.

One Cabin Crew member will be nominated by the company as Senior Cabin Crew Member.

Cabin crew are considered inexperienced (i.e. ***) until they have completed 40 sectors (or 20 sectors with caveats) as operating crew. At least two cabin crew members must be experienced.

In extreme circumstances the cabin crew complement may be reduced to 3 providing:

  • Authorisation is received from the duty pilot.

  • The aircraft does not dispatch from its originating base.

  • The aircraft only operates its originally planned series of flights; this may include stops at non-originating easyjet bases and/or a nightstop.

  • A maximum of 150 passengers (not including infants or the original cabin crew member who is no longer operating) are carried.

  • All passengers are seated in a position where they can adequately view the safety demonstration.

  • If required, the commander may nominate a new SCCM, provided the nominee has a minimum of 12 months operational experience and at least 20 sectors on type.

  • An ASR and a CSR are completed to report the circumstances of the reduction.

In general, cabin crew who have become unfit to fly should be offloaded. Under extraordinary circumstances, the commander may elect to repatriate the cabin crew member.

It is permissible to board with only SCCM, CC2 and CC3 provided that:

  • A maximum of 150 passengers are boarded.

  • A member of the flight crew is on the flight deck.

  • The aircraft is not being fuelled or de-fuelled, and electrical power is available.

  • SCCM is present at forward door, CC2 is present at rear door and CC3 is present in the middle of the cabin, taking responsibility for the overwings.

Alternatively, it is permitted to prepare the aircraft, carry out pre-flight safety and security checks and board with the assistance of a non-operating crew member. The non-operating crew member must be qualified on type and fit to fly. If not in uniform, a high visability vest must be worn and a PA made to inform the passengers that the crew member is part of the operating crew during boarding. The SCCM must brief the non-operating crew member on their required duties and their door responsibility during boarding, but they do not need to have taken part in the pre-flight brief. They must remain with the aircraft until the rostered crew member arrives and has been suitably briefed.

Use of UK AOC cabin crew is permitted under the Austrian AOC. Interchange of cabin crew is not permitted between the UK and Swiss AOCs.

[EOM-A 4.1.3, EOM-A 4.1.4]

2.3. Positioning crew

Positioning crew will normally be booked as passengers, although in exceptional circumstances staff may be carried as "non-operating extra crew". This requires the authorisation of the duty pilot or the Network Duty Manager. In this case, crew must be shown on the crew list.

Crew positioning for a flight duty may ramp transfer or remain on aircraft as appropriate.

Crew positioning for a non-flight duty and entering the UK must pass through normal passenger channels and present themselves at immigration control. Otherwise crew positioning for a non-flight duty may use crew check-in/ check-out procedures provided that they do not carry any goods that need to clear customs. If booked as a passenger, they must have a valid boarding pass.

[EOM-A 4.5, EOM-A 4.6]

2.4. Inspectors and Auditors

Flight Ops Inspectors may, at any time, board any easyJet aircraft and enter and remain on the flight deck unless it is the commander's opinion that this would endanger the safety of the aircraft.

easyJet Compliance Monitoring Auditors may also from time to time fly on easyJet aircraft to conduct a flight inspection.

EOMA 8.3.13 lists documentation and procedures for allowing persons other than operating crew access to the flight deck.

[EOM-A 4.7/8]