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User currently offlineNrt1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3880 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.

Many thanks:

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

I would say it is likely to be able to visit before or after the flight. During the flight, you will probably not be able to, especially on the US carriers.


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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

post flight is fine, just stay in your seat until nearly everyone is off and ask the f/a if you can talk to the pilots for a few mins in the cockpit. Most are more than happy to let you.

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User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3801 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.

User currently offlineCaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3790 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


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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3742 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.

User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3679 times:

I got a flight deck visit twice one on the 29th December 2004 on G-OOBE and the other one on the 5th January 2005 on G-OOBF both with First Choice.

Tom (airbusA346)

Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3640 times:

With SQ, they are not allowed to give FD visits during flights. If they do and if it is reported, the pilots will loose their jobs.

User currently offlineBMI701EGCC From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3617 times:


You was very lucky "AirbusA346", I flew with First Choice on the 16th/31st July 2004

CFU-MAN(31) Both G-OOBD(757)

On the inbound leg I asked the flight attendant to see if I could go up to the cockpit for a few minutes (inflight), this (plea) failed. Next time I will ask on the ground.

Scott Waterworth

G-PATI-"G-PATI, Back inbound to Barton"MCT APR-"G-PATI, Continue, Keep lookout on VFR traffic"
User currently offlineHunsrueck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3607 times:

Hi to all !!!

Well, it's possible nowadays as well. But it depends on airlines a lot.

During the past two years I was allowed to visit the flight deck on a KLM flight to ICN (B 747-400) and on a Alitalia flight from MXP to ATH .



User currently offlineLucifer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3545 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.

User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2648 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
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I though these were your flight details;

TO: Fuerteventura
CARRIER: First Choice Airways

FROM: Fuerteventura
CARRIER: First Choice Airways

If so your outbound flight was on G-CPEU... return was on G-OOBF.

G-OOBE has been based in Gatwick since early December, and on the 29th flew to Paphos!


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 9246 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3327 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.

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