Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5089 posts, RR: 13 Posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
Ok, this is a real question not a joke. What does a pilot do when "nature calls"? Do you leave the cockpit and use the lav like any other passenger? Or is there some other setup?
On a similar note, what are the rules regarding pilots leaving the cockpit during flight? Obviously one person has to be there at all times but are both (or all 3) required to be present for the duration? I really can't think of a good non-emergency reason a pilot would have to leave the cockpit anyway, other than to be relieved at the end of a shift for the long-haulers.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
At my present airline, and at my previous airline, the pilot was allowed to leave his/her seat for "physiological reasons" while the aircraft is in cruise flight. Obviously situations dictate at other times during the flight, and may be classed as emergencies.
"Physiological reasons" can mean anything from using the same lav everyone else uses, to stretching one's legs to retrieving some water from the galley. At our company, visiting the passenger cabin for PR or other non-related reasons is not permitted.
In Canada, the remaining pilot is not required to use supplemental oxygen unless the flight is above FL410. In the USA, it's FL350.
Cricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
I heard that in a 3-men crew, only one can remain under certain conditions. 2 remaining is recomended.
In a 2-men crew, leaving the cockpit by one is allowed but the safety conditions are higher but I don't know them exactly.