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Visiting The Cockpit... When Do You Ask?  
User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

I am flying 4 flights on Alitalia 2 of which are 747-200's and two of which are Airbus A-321's... Do you think they would let me see the cockpit. I would die if I could... or even stay for landing (i wish) When do you ask? And what do you say when you ask?
Thanx

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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8898 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

I would probably say during cruise. I think you'd have to ask the FA, who would then ask the crew. Corrections welcomed.

Jeff


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8234 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

That's what I would do. Ask an F/A when they serve the meal. So while you're eating they have a chance to mention it and think about it. Then after you eat you can go up. Last time I was in the cockpit was in a Piedmont 727, so it's been a while. I think my dad just asked the F/A.

-N766UA



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User currently offlineI-96 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

I really do agree with DeltaAirlines ( or Jeff ). Your best chance is to ask the FA about and 1hr or 2 into the flight.



Good LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineDeltaMan From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

First of all... I wouldn't ask the F/A! I mean you can.. .but that is not the best approach. 1st I would ask the ticket agent if I could walk on board before boarding. (or ask the pilots when they get on the plane) When you get on the plane talkk to the pilots and be nice, then ask! If it is an internation flight.. you can't do that! So what you do... is when you walk on the plane, when they greet you as the F/A if she can introduce you to the pilots. What to say... hmm... well... be very nice, tell them who you are and then when you get a descent conversation up just ask them if you can come up in flight and watch the landing or something. I doubt they will turn you down! Good luck! Also... it is illegal for a US carrier to let you in the flightdeck inflight. So... don't ask US airline.  

Delta Rules!!!


 Hank 


User currently offlineCO767-224ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

I usually like to ask during final approach, especially when there's a 30 knot crosswind.


User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

I will be flying on United Airlines this summer, will they let me see the cockpit after the flight is over and is parked at the gate?

User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Me, being only 14, I tend to ask after at least one meal is finsihed, then politley ask the purser or another attendant. Once you achieve the cockpit, name off every switch gauge and display you can, the pilots should be impressed, you can then ask to stay in for landing. Tell them youre an enthusiast or wanna be a pilot (like me). This has always worked with me on Air Canda flights. And if youre real lucky youll get in for take off! I was lucky enough to achieve this on the DND A310.
Good Luck!


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Being a FF with AC, I have never been able to stay for the landing. All I have to do is ask if there is no one riding the jumpseat?

User currently offlineAke0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

Depends what airline ? I.E Lufthansa, when I was younger I always would ask after the meal is over, b/c the flight crew always eat after the pax. During cruise that is your best bet......
Lately I have been asking when entering the aircraft, luckily I have been flying Business Class, F/A seem nicer than in coach......and a lot of times I have been able to be in the cockpit during take off, if that does not work due to rough weather etc....another chance is during cruise as the air normally is pretty smooth and the flight crew is not very busy............another example SQ .....I also asked the F/A for take off when entering the plane and she came back and said impossible due to take off prep. during cruise I was able to chat with the flight crew for 1 hour, and asked them if they had any problem me sitting in, during approach and touchdown and they had no problem...........so all in all it is up the flight crew. Btw all american airlines are not allowed to have visitor on the flight deck ( FAA regulation )

Good Luck

Vasco Garcia

Boston, USA

P.S I work in the industry


User currently offlineAkelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Actually, I was able to visit the cockpit on a Continental Express flight recently! But it was a Beech 1900, there was no F/A, so I just strode up to the front (cockpit door was open, wait, was there a cockpit door? I don't remember!) and started talking to the pilots. Unfortunately it was pretty late at night, so I couldn't see much, but it was still a thrill.

Motto of the story: you have a pretty good chance of going up front when you're on a commuter plane.


User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Singapore Airlines no longer allow flighdeck visits while the plane is in motion - meaning all you'll get from them is a look at the flightdeck while the plane is parked at the gate - Great! NOT.

So thumbs down to Singapore Airlines - miserable sods 


User currently offlineAke0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Jet Setter,

since when does SIA not lets u sit in the cockpit. that must have been a recent implementation as I was sitting on the flight deck JAN 2000 ( FRA - JFK ) , chatting with the pilots for 2 hours ( that was inflight )

Vasco


User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

I sat with the pilots of a Virgin 747-400. I was allowed to sit with the pilots and watch them land at LHR. On my flight back I got to watch the take-off at LHR and Landing at JFK on the same plane. I had asked the FA and she was nice enough to take me up to the flight deck after asking the pilot if it was OKed


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

I sat with the pilots of a Virgin 747-400. I was allowed to sit with the pilots and watch them land at LHR. On my flight back I got to watch the take-off at LHR and Landing at JFK on the same plane. I had asked the FA and she was nice enough to take me up to the flight deck after asking the pilot if it was OK.



"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineAviationLawyer From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Has anyone tried with JetBlue? What was there response?

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

Last time on a SR flight to EWR (A 330-200) I asked the Maitre de Cabine (Purser). He told me to ask again after the meal. But then we had heavy turbulences for about a half an our and did not ask again. Suddenly the MC came to me and said: "I was looking for you, didn't you ask for visiting the flight deck? Please follow me." What a service!! I was only a normal economy passenger in full aircraft.

I think ask politely the purser.


User currently offlineIceposttm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

I am going to london this summer on a british airways 747-200, does anybody know if i would be able to get a flight deck visit in flight?


User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

It appears SIA stopped flight-deck visits from April;
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/214604/


User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Olympic A-340,

I can only confirm what most people have said in this thread; ask the cabin crew and they will go up to the flight deck and ask for you.
If you'd like to be regarded as a very rude character, take up DeltaMan's advice, by all means. In other words - don't. In my experience, cabin crew will go out of their way to make your flight as pleasant an experience as possible. If getting you to visit the cockpit will help reach that result, they will try their best to get you up front.
If you think trying to bypass anyone's authority is going to gain you any kind of sympathy however, I would say you're on the wrong track. Of course that's just my opinion. But a valid one, I dare say. I'm a cabin crew member myself, BTW.

I take it the A321 flights are medium haul in Europe. If so, don't wait too long to ask. Once service gets rolling, depending on how much time the cabin crew will have in flight, you'll be back on the ground before you know it. When you do ask before or during the service however (which is advisable even if it just were to let the crew know someone is interested in visiting the cockpit), just make sure to add "later on during the flight" to your request. Just a bit of practical advice there... Let them know you're not trying to stress them out.  

Best regards and have a nice flight - or flights,

TriStar.


User currently offlineMark152 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

The bast advice is to go to the top. Speak to the CSD or equivalent. Basically, the highest "ranked" person you can find. They have been in the business for years and will usually be very efficient at accomodating you. BTW i'm flying JMC on Friday, How long is the LGW-Athens flight? also whats the best time to go about requesting a visit on an early (very) morning flight?

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