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User currently offlineFLYGUY From Canada, joined May 1999, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 975 times:

How would you go about getting around a jumpseat on Canada3000 or on a quick 1hr flight on BA??? I'm a teenager and I've always wanted to fly the jumpseat. Is this possible?

FLYGUY

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User currently offlineSpirit MD-80 From Puerto Rico, joined May 1999, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 972 times:

the only people that can take a jumpseat in the cockpit are a pilot for another carrier or the same carrier. FAA. Mechanics. not even Flight Attendants can take a cockpit jumpseat on US carriers International carriers not sure.

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 972 times:
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this post is not true.

I managed to get the jumpseat on a recent flight.

Best write to the airline involved who you are flying with.


Not sure if this works in the US. Im in the UK

Gary
Aberdeen


User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 516 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 973 times:

On a US carrier, you have to be an FAA inspector, pilot or mechanic on the "approved carrier" list, Air Traffic Controller doing a route inspection or a few other positions.

On an international carrier, I do believe some passengers can get the captain's permission, but I'm very sure that it varies from airline to airline.

Doug Taylor
Delta 737 Pilot
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User currently offlineC-GAGN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 973 times:

I've flown in the jump seat on Air Canada's entire fleet and the pilots are usualy more than glad to have you up there. What I suggest you do is be the last one to board the plane and just tell the FA taking tickets that you are a student pilot and that you would like the chance to sit in the flightdeck. She'll ask the Cap. and its up to him. Most likely he'll say yes and you'll be on your way. US carriers are realy uptight about jumpseat flying since the Fedex hyjacking a few years back, but internationals like BA and C3 are fine with it.

User currently offlineAramcoGIV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 973 times:

I was on a business trip to Melbourne, Australia last October. I had heard from a colleague that Qantas would let you ride in the cockpit for takeoffs and landings if you asked. On the return flight, Melbourne-LAX, a 747-400, I asked the Qantas cabin crew if I could ride the jump seat on departure from MEL. The Steward said it was up to the individual flight crew, but he would ask. The Captain said sure. What a blast...I was up there for a good 45 minutes talking with the pilots! The Captain said that I couldn't have done it on a US carrier.

Tom Littlejohn
New Orleans, LA


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 973 times:

It's true, the times I've flown in the passenger cabin is on US airlines. Just ask as you get on (the student pilot ruse is a good one) and the crews always say yes. The only times I've been denied was on a Virgin 747 with two checkpilots in the jumpseats, and an Ansett 767 where the captain was in a really foul mood. I don't know why America don't allow it, that FedEx hijacker was an employee, so was the guy who killed the crew on a USAir BAe 146. Pilots love showing off.

Another bonus that comes from sitting up there is half the time they'll being you a business class meal, cos the flight crew get one. Lufthansa are great for this, on a 55 minute flight to Hamburg recently I ate a massive spread of smoked salmon, a hot main meal and about three desserts, bathed in the comforting glow from the overhead circuit breakers on the 737-300. Plus the weather on arrival was very poor, and the pilots handled it with ease and style. What a brilliant airline.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 972 times:

It's true, the only times I've flown as an adult in the passenger cabin is on US airlines. Just ask as you get on (the student pilot ruse is a good one) and the crews always say yes. The only times I've been denied was on a Virgin 747 with two checkpilots in the jumpseats, and an Ansett 767 where the captain was in a really foul mood. I don't know why America don't allow it, that FedEx hijacker was an employee, so was the guy who killed the crew on a USAir BAe 146. Pilots love showing off.

Another bonus that comes from sitting up there is half the time they'll being you a business class meal, cos the flight crew get one. Lufthansa are great for this, on a 55 minute flight to Hamburg recently I ate a massive spread of smoked salmon, a hot main meal and about three desserts, bathed in the comforting glow from the overhead circuit breakers on the 737-300. Plus the weather on arrival was very poor, and the pilots handled it with ease and style. What a brilliant airline.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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