Donald Wecklein, an expert in cabin safety, shares his expertise and commitment to improving safety standards around the world
I’ve worked for 28 years in aviation, starting out as a flight attendant, working my way up into management and training development. For the complete description of my work history and achievements, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
As my commitment to aviation and improving aviation safety grew, so did my desire to do more than work with one airline. My personal career has grown significantly, and I’ve had the opportunity to make a difference with a few airlines. Now, as a consultant, I offer my services to airlines outside the United States, mostly Asia and South East Asia to help improve cabin crew training programs, by evaluating and revising the manual system and interfaces. Ultimately, this provides for improved operations and most importantly, improved passenger safety.
2018 – present Ongoing development a cabin crew prepatory course for a Thailand-based client
Creating a comprehensive flight attendant training prepatory course that prepares those wanting to work as a flight attendant /cabin crew. The online training and assessments will prepare cabin crew hopefuls for all phases of the process, from revising your resume, the online application, the video interview, face-to-face interview, hardest parts of classroom training, through the first flights as you do your qualifying flights called the Initial Operating Experience, or IOE. We work with you all the way through the process!
2014 – present One Cabin Safety, LLC. (Founder)
Revised and improved a flight attendant training program for a major Middle East airline. I’ve been working with a client in Bangkok, Thailand, to establish a flight attendant (cabin crew) training center. Of noteworthy mention, I also presented at the ICAO Cabin Safety conference in Bangkok, August 15 – 19, 2016. I also presented at the IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2018, which drew 300+ attendees from over 100 airlines around the world.
2006 – present Aviation Safety Inspector-Cabin Safety, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
2004 – 2006 Director of Inflight, Aerodynamics, Inc.
As their Director of Inflight, I conducted flight attendant initial, recurrent, and emergency training on Fokker F-28 aircraft. We brought a new plane into operation, so I developed the flight attendant transition training program and flight attendant manual content for Airbus A-319 aircraft certification. Developed and conducted Airbus A-319 Aircraft Ground and Emergency Procedures transition training program which was used to certify operation of the aircraft. I expanded my teaching responsibilities, taking over teaching pilots as well as flight attendants and ground staff for certain subjects. As a primary company instructor, I conducted Crew Resource Management training classes for pilots and flight attendants. I also revised and taught the dangerous goods recognition program to all company pilots, flight attendants, and ground staff. To help pass on my knowledge and experience and improve the operation, I trained and designated Air Transportation Supervisors (ATS) to conduct initial operating experience (IOE) qualifying flights with new hires. As I enjoyed conducting training, I took over teaching the company’s Security training for pilots and Flight Attendants. As with all previous positions, I also interviewed, selected, and trained flight attendant candidates.
2000 – 2004 Supervisor/Manager of flight attendants, Saudi Aramco Aviation in Dhahran/Dammam
After Tower Air I went on to work for the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco Oil, in their Aviation department as their supervisor/manager of flight attendants. Some of my accomplishments include that I conducted flight attendant initial and recurrent training classes for their Boeing 737 and DeHavilland Dash-8 aircraft. Developed comprehensive Flight Attendant Manual and lesson plan and composed initial and recurrent training exams and quizzes. Managed the flight attendant training and checkride programs. I taught emergency procedures training, emergency equipment handling, operation, and equipment limitations and designed their passenger safety information cards for the Boeing 737. Developed and taught dangerous goods awareness training programs for pilots, flight attendants, and check-in staff, and evaluated student performance.
1998 – 2000 Air Transportation Supervisor/Instructor, Tower Air
I then went on to become an Air Transportation Supervisor and Ground Instructor. As an instructor I taught flight attendant initial training on the Boeing 747. I was then sent to Malaysia for two months and trained the original Air Asia flight attendants in Malaysia at the Malaysian Airlines Training Academy (Dec 1999-Feb 2000, After that, I went on to become the base manager for the Air India/Air Asia hajj operation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from Feb 2000-May 2000. I also conducted flight attendant checkrides. Additionally, I evaluated and assessed new-hire emergency procedures performance drills, as well as administered all initial training exams to all training classes I taught. To improve the training program, I edited and revised our initial training materials. As part of Inflight management, I conducted open house interviews, Interviewed hundreds of candidates, screened hundreds of resumes, selected F/A training candidates, then trained them!
1991 – 1998 Flight attendant/Assistant Purser, Tower Air
For over 7 years I worked scheduled passenger flights, charter flights, military charters, wet lease flights, IOM flights, United Nations peacekeeping flights, sub-service flights for other airlines (Garuda Indonesia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Avianca, Corsair). and hajj flights around the world.
Additionally, I also have more aviation related experience:
– FAA Private Pilot certificate
– FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate
– FAA Flight Attendant certificate
– Previously certified American Red Cross Instructor, teaching Adult/Child/Infant First Aid/CPR/AED.
As you have read, I have many years of training program development and training of flight attendants, pilots, and ground staff. I’ve presented at international cabin safety conferences, trained Malaysian flight attendants, ran a hajj operation, and revised a major middle east airline’s training program. So, what do you think about the qualifications of your potential inflight operations auditor? No other cabin safety consultant team has the level of knowledge, experience and insight on how to improve your training programs like we do!