Life in the sky as KC-30 crew



Crew Attendant (CREWATT) training across Air Force is undergoing some significant changes throughout 2019, and CPL Kyani Miechel says it’s all positive.
CPL Miechel says to allow the supplementation of CREWATTs during periods of high tempo, those in the mustering will now be cross-trained on the different aircraft at both 33 and 34 Squadrons.
“CREWATTs will now train across all jets to enable a seamless transition between the units when required to supplement crews,” CPL Miechel said.
In her current role as Standards at 33SQN, CPL Miechel said this – among other team building benefits – will expand the scope of her role.
“I also review and align standard operating procedures and there is increasing opportunities to branch out into checking and instructor roles, driver training and aviation safety roles.”
Prior to enlisting three years ago, CPL Miechel worked for both Virgin Australia and Tigerair and can now fly as a solo CREWATT with up to 14 PAX on-board the KC-30A.
“The CREWATT role in Defence is so dynamic and diverse offering both domestic and international travel, outside a normal 8-5, Monday to Friday job.
“No one day is the same. First, you could be travelling with 270 passengers, then away for two weeks on a VIP task, and next on a deployment for three months.
“As you progress and your personal situation changes, flexible working, study options and ample family support is provided.”
The Air Force Gap Year Program is offered to school leavers and CPL Miechel encourages any young, travel lovers who like customer service to apply.
“The role is fantastic – it’s like hospitality in the sky and so much more than just serving tea and coffee.
“Some of my favourite tasks to-date have included Avalon Airshow and flying the Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence into Kabul in the Middle East.”
“If I ever have a hard day, all I have to do is look out at the sunset from the jet and be in awe of all the amazing things I have witnessed and achieved.”
Image: Corporal Kyani Miechel on the flight line at No 33 Squadron RAAF Base Amberley – home of the KC-30A. Her job combines customer service skills with resourcefulness, initiative and a high level of responsibility. (Defence)