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When looking up some information for the recent question Have there been any solo flights on airliners?, I found this article that lists several incidents in which a pilot has become incapacitated in flight. One thing that I found particularly surprising was that, in two of the six specific incidents they mention, the person who helped the remaining pilot for the remainder of the flight was actually a flight attendant who had a pilot certificate. This then made me wonder:

How common is it for an airline flight attendant to also be a certificated pilot?

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In my experience, it is uncommon but certainly not unheard of. Maybe between 1% and 5%, as a ballpark. A flight attendant married to a pilot who owns his own aircraft has access to the plane and instruction, so that's one scenario. In another case, an F/A I flew with a few times was building time as a CFI and doing right-seat work at SimuFlight, before she left our airline to start with a regional. (Wouldn't be at all surprised if she's flying at a major right now.)

Among flight attendants, there are a lot of really interesting stories of how they got to be where they are. Sometimes the generalizations fit, but when they don't, you find an amazing breadth of experiences in that group.

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