Nrt1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
When my kids were young (20 years ago) I would always get to accompany them on the visits to the flight deck. I know they weren't that interested but I always was.
When travelling in business class I would always ask whether I could see the flight deck and more times than not I was allowed up. I used to do YYZ-NRT a lot and on both the old Canadian DC-10 and also Air Canada A340's had many a good visit. In fact a friend of mine (OK it was a she, and she's cute) once managed to sit up front for the landing.
I have never asked since 9/11 but I was wondering whether anyone gets to do the flight deck visit these days.
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
It's usually no problem getting a visit to the cockpit after the flight has arrived at the gate, even on US airlines after 9/11. During the flight however is a different story...not possible at all on US airlines, although there are slight chances on some international carriers to get an in-flight visit.
CaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
Before the flight is usually when i get up there (but i'm a minor) but most of the time i only get to talk for about 5-10 minutes max.. but most of the time, the Cpt. and the F/O will ask me back up after the flight for questions/pictures etc.
they still allow you but dont expect much during the flight~ prior or after the flight is still fine i believe all around the world
Gulfstream Planeview Cockpit: "why have hundreds of buttons when a CCD does the same thing and more?"
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2538 times:
I get flight deck visits on almost all the flights I take except those that I am already bored of and don't bother to ask. Before and after while aircraft is still at the gate and doors are not yet closed are generally fine except I've found that this is not the case with KE and JL who have a different and stricter policy about visits. BR Captains generally allow but you have to stand behind the line and get nowhere beyond the cockpit doors.
The only airlines and does not restrict and/or gives the Captain the right to allow visits inflight are TG, AK and AF. I'm sure there are more that I am unaware of.
Lucifer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 106 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2341 times:
Please don't put staff in an uncomfortable position or place them in danger of contravening the rules in the UK. Any G- registered aircraft is subject to strict rules that do not allow any non-operational crew except some positioning crew on the flightdeck at any point in the flight. You only need some jobsworth from the DfT to look at what is posted above for someone to get in serious trouble...
Save it until you are on the ground. It is sad but today's reality.
If it is not UK/US registered then fair play if their rules allow it.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7849 posts, RR: 8 Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
I was lucky enough to sit behind the Captain on a CX 747 fro a night landing a month before the old airport closed in HKG so I can't complain about the new regs keeping me out these days.
What is very sad, however, is the fact that the kids can't go "up front" during a flight anymore. QF was especially good about this before 9/11 and I got as much joy watching their faces as they returned to their seats as I would have if I had been invited to the flight deck.