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Any Chance Of A Jumpseat Ride In Brazil?  
User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Does anyone know if riding up front on either Varig or Gol is remotely possible? This would be on a domestic flight within Brazil. I don't want to bother asking if I'm going to be looked at like an ignorant fool. In case it doesn't happen, I think I'm going to do a session in Varig's simulator at GIG. See this link:

http://portal.varig.com.br/us/varig/...nlayer.2005-05-06.5451763893/en-us

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User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

You probably won't get any weird looks for just asking, but unless you're a child whose birthday is coming up or know anyone in the flight crew, your chances are very small.


Azzurri Campioni del Mondo!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Quoting Shane (Thread starter):
I don't want to bother asking if I'm going to be looked at like an ignorant fool.

Why should you look like a fool? Judging from the A.net photo database is jumpseating in Brazil still possible. Just tell them that you are an aviation enthusiast and ask kindly if it is possible to sit on the cockpit jumpseat during the flight, that worked countless times for me.

A PPL or an ID of an aviation related company (airline, ATC, aircraft manufacturer, handling agent, etc.) is an additional help sometimes, show it when you have any of them.

Patrick

[Edited 2006-04-01 00:06:38]

User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11416 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
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Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):
Quoting Shane (Thread starter):
I don't want to bother asking if I'm going to be looked at like an ignorant fool.

Why should you look like a fool? Just tell them that you are an aviation enthusiast and ask kindly if it is possible to sit on the cickpit jumpseat during the flight, that worked countless times for me.

A PPL or an ID of an aviation related company (airline, ATC, aircraft manufacturer, handling agent, etc.) is an additional help sometimes, show it when you have any of them.

Varig pilots use to be very kindly. As per Sabena's words, just say to the pilot that you just visited (or that you have plans) the Varig Training Center at GIG and probably they will provide you with a jumpseat ride!

I asked about a jumpseat ride 4 years ago, and Varig staff allow me to enjoy the landing at GIG (from JFK)... was marvellous! go ahed, be happy and just let us with a nice trip report.

Nice trip to Rio and enjoy the city.

Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Thanks guys.

Aside from being a huge aviation enthusiast since childhood, being an avid reader of and and occasional contributor to these forums, I don't really have any airline affiliations. I like the suggestion of mentioning my visit to the training center. That might be my best bet. Any other suggestions? Oh, and should this be done on domestic flights within Brazil or would it be possible on a flight bound for LAX? I know U.S. companies have restrictions, but maybe it's also the FAA's rule for any carrier in U.S. airspace?

-Shane


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11416 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3037 times:
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Quoting Shane (Reply 4):
Oh, and should this be done on domestic flights within Brazil or would it be possible on a flight bound for LAX? I know U.S. companies have restrictions, but maybe it's also the FAA's rule for any carrier in U.S. airspace?

Shane, a domestic flight could be your best option in my opinion, the cabin crew probably receive very few requests like yours while during an international flight like LAX, several people could request the same (and you have different cabins, they could say to you that a Full Business and/or First Class cabin is the reason for a refusal).
Varig does not keep C class on domestic (even if you fly GIG-MAO on a 772 or M11) so it's easy than an int'l one.

Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

thanks -- can't wait to be in brazil!

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