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Can I Get Cockpit Visit On Air Canada?  
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Hi everyone. I am going to calgary from LAX this friday, and I am flying air canada. I have never gotten a flightdeck visit during flight or takeoff or landing or anything like that before, and I know that no US airlines allow them, so I was wondering what exactly do I do to get a cockpit visit on Air Canada if it is possible. I appreciate any quick replies please!! I am leaving friday. Please let me know what to do step by step if possible to get a cockpit visit during flight or take-off and landing would be great. Thanks all.

-FSPilot747

P.S. Would it help to mention to the FA's that I am taking flight school??

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User currently offlineCargyvr From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

"Hi there, i'm wondering if it would be possible to visit the flight deck when you have a free minute"



User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Generally the answer is yes, AC does allow cockpit visits. Usually just ask the flight attendant if it would be possible to see the cockpit, and they'll ask if it's OK with the captain. Be prepared for the possibility of being refused, as it's up to the captain, and they may be more hesitant to allow it in US airspace, but it's usually possible.

User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

I don't think I've ever been turned down on Air Canada. But if they do say no, you have to respect that decision. It's not as easy to ride the jumpseat, but it is possible.

Just ask the FA if you could visit the flight deck after the meal has been cleaned up.


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

AC shouldn't be a problem. I flew with them back in the summer of 1998 on three flights: SFO-YUL, YQB-YYZ, YYZ-SFO. I got jumpseat cruise and landings on the first two flights. Unfortunately, I was only allowed to stay in the cockpit on the last flight for a few minutes because of other visitors. I still will treasure those jumpseat experiences forever! Have fun.

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2017 times:

Hi, yes I won't be surprised if I get let down, I have tried before on Lufthansa and was refused like two or three times. Hopefully I'll have better luck this time. Do I mention anything getting on the plane? or only after meal service is done, I just ring my attendant call button? Or do I just get out of my seat and go up to an attendant and ask?? Thanks guys.

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2013 times:

yes i did it on YUL-BOS CRJ service. Good fun and lots of traffic on the TCAS in BOS.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2013 times:

It really doesn't matter when you ask. For my SFO-YUL flight, I requested a visit as I was boarding. The flight attendant instructed me to speak with her in the middle of the flight. I gave her a puzzled look as I was unaware that AC does not fall under FAA jurisdiction. She explained the international regulations so in the middle of the flight, she invited me up.

User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6609 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2010 times:
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Im am flyinng ORD-CDG (343) and CDG-HEL (F100) on AF, has anyone had any previous experience on asking to visit on AF?

i would love to have a jumpseat landing on the A340!



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User currently offlineFlygirl From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

Just very politely ask and yes definitely mention that you are taking flight school The guys and gals up there love to talk shop with someone hoping to follow the same career or have the same passion.

Take-off out of the States - don't even try. If you can snag a pilot in the gate area (sometimes they come out to get their flight plan) introduce yourself, ask if it is possible for an inflight visit and mention flight school. During boarding is not a good idea because it holds up the boarding line and the f/a at the door could possibly be impatient with you just to get people moving again (especially if the flight is running late). Once airborne ask the In-charge if you catch he/she in the aisle or ask the f/a that delivers something to you (headsets, meal etc.)
As mentioned, after you eat your meal is usually when visits take place. If, when you ask you say "if the pilots have finished eating" you'll impress the f/a with your considerateness.

Most of the drivers are really good about accepting visitors. They sometimes get tired of staring at each other and welcome a fresh face and different conversation. Often a "no or not today" response is because one of the pilots is having a check ride or non-rev (on a full flight) are riding up there and it's too crowded.

Once you are in the cockpit wait until the pilots acknowledge you before speaking. They could be talking on the radio or listening to information. As far as remaining up there for landing; this will depend on how well you comport yourself and how well you all interact. Some pilots don't mind someone there for landing and with others it's a hard fast rule not to allow it.

Good luck and enjoy your flight!



User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Flygirl: Thanks for your response. I'll try that. But your saying I shouldn't even try if its outta the U.S.? So I shouldn't ask at all tomorrow? Because tomorrow I am leaving from LAX to YYC. Or should I give it a try? I'm a little confused. Thanks again everyone!

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

I think Flygirl means at LAX don't even try to get it for takeoff, but after the flight is in progress you can ask (doesn't hurt to ask, I've been up front before on US-Canada flights, but policies may have changed since that time). Also, if you're really nice to the F/A's, and you wait towards the end of the flight (wait a little bit after the meal is served) it improves your chances at getting the jumpseat for landing. If you do get it for landing, be sure to respect the pilots by not interrupting, asking questions, or distracting them when they're busy. They're usually very happy to talk when they can, but they have a job to do.

BTW, when you're in Calgary, make sure you get a milkshake at Peter's Drive-In on 16th Ave NW  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Sounds good. I'll try, I just hope!! Thanks everyone for your help!

>BTW, when you're in Calgary, make sure you get a milkshake at Peter's Drive-In on 16th Ave NW

--Will Do!!

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

You should have little to no trouble getting into the flightdeck. I just flew YUL-MIA with AC and got into the cockpit when we were just flying past Jacksonville in northern Florida. It is a Canadian registered plan, therefore Canadian rules apply  Big thumbs up

The drinking age onboard is 18 too, if youre old enough for that, though. Beer and spirits should be about $5 CDN per.

Hope that helps, hehe


User currently offlineWorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Yes.

I spent forty-five minutes in the cockpit on my YOW-YVR AC flight back in July.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

I'm from YYC, what brings you to Calgary? And yes you should go to Peters Drive in!!! Good idea AC183.
Are you planning on doing some spotting??

Let me know,

Kris  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

I flew YVR-YYZ on a 744 a couple of years ago and asked if I could just go upstairs and see the J class section, to which the F/A replied sure. While I was there, the J class F/A asked if I wanted to visit the cockpit!

On any AC flight I've been on kids have made cockpit visits so you should have no problem.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Hi, thanks for your replies everyone. I'm going to Calgary actually for a family camping trip. I'll make sure to try to go to Peters Drive in. Sounds good, I love ice cream and shakes. Thanks again, I'm on my way out now to LAX. Thanks everyone for your help.

best regards,
-FSPilot747

(By the way, I'm taking a 737-200)


User currently offlineAC826 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 94 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Well, have a nice trip. But asking really doesn't hurt. I visited a China Southern 757 cockpit 3 days ago returning home from HaiNan Island to HKG. It was only a 1 hour flight though, and I was super super lucky and the cabin crews and officers were just super super nice!!!! I even got to stay for the night approach into Chek Lap Kok, HKG. I never thought I would sucess since I almost got kicked out the China airline cockpit a week ago during my ongoing trip. I must share with you the details in my trip report!!!!!!!Its just so special.

I think I just got very excited!


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