L-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3226 times:
I am young (16) but an avid aviation enthusiast. My favorite plane is the Tristar, and I would be so jazzed if I could get into the cockpit. Is this possible during flight (would I ask the F/A?), or should I just wait until after the flight has landed to peep my head in?
Mhsieh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
US airlines are not permitted to allow non-crew members to enter the cockpit while the aircraft is in motion (FAA regulation). Some foreign carriers do not have this restriction so it is at the captain's discretion. I have personally been in the cockpit (several times staying for the landing) on Singapore Air, Japan Airlines, Canadian Pacific, Air Canada, Malaysian Airlines. If you ask a nice FA, there is pretty good chance you will get to visit at some point during the flight. It's best to ask after meal service is complete and a movie is showing so they have the time to escort you up. Bottom line, you got nothing to lose...the worst that can happen is they'll say no.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3069 times:
I have the pleasure of flying jumpseat three times, and all were amazing. My first time was in a TAP L1011-500 landing in Montreal, take-off from Montreal, then landing in Toronto. That flight was coming back from Lisbon, and I was about 13 years old at the time.
Last summer, I flew jumpseat on a Royal A310 during the take off from Madrid and landing in Toronto. Last week, I flew the whole flight in the jumpseat of a Royal A310 from TOronto to Malaga.
If you get the chance, it is an amazing experience.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
Steveraad From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 44 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3051 times:
First, There are certain people who would not be considered crew members to fly jumpseat. ATC personnel, and dispatched have jumpseat access. It is possible to get a jumpseat authorization for an flight on an US Carrier, but it is very involved. You first must identfy the POI, or Princepal Operating Inspector of the Airline, I got it throught the Chief Pilot. After writing the letter, include Flight Number, Times, Places of Dep and Arr, and why you are requesting this approval. If it is accepted it will be sent to you in letter form as an authorization for those flights. I have done it several times to jumpseat with my dad, it's a stretch if you don't know any of the flight crew, but for all you people like who die at every chance to get up from it's worth it.
P.S. Be sure to tell them of any Ratings and Certificates you may have.
Shuttle3echo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 3016 times:
Hi, As BA staff i always ask the cabin services director prior to take off .I have been on the f/deck on entire flights it is always an experience.BA crews are always happy to permit such visits so go for it ....!
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
I tried a lot on Lufthansa (I fly Lufthansa all the time). Last time I asked a few times and was denied. First excuse was that they don't allow visits during night flights, which was odd because I saw a little kid walk out of the cockpit after she said that. Then from FRA to LAX, I was also denied . I thought this may have had to do with the fact that the day before, a BA744 had that incident where that wacko guy tried to take over the cockpit, and the plane did a flip. And I also told them I am a training pilot with cessna's, and maybe the captain didn't want to take any chances. Does anyone here know what I can do? I would love a jumpseat flight.
Jetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
as flying with airline staff tickets im usually put in the jumpseat if all the other seats are full. Have noticed though that some pilots dont want people flying with them in the cockpit, but ohers are many welcoming.
Have also been in the jumpseat for takeoff/landing even when havin a seat. Both times the pilot invited me after a visit to the cockpit.
so this far ive been in the cockpit jumpseat on several Finnair flights and once on a Cathay Pacific flight (that was actually two landing and on takeoff)
Alle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2933 times:
I have been in the jumpseat once, it was on a Finnair B757-200, when i was coming home from Costa Rica (you can find my trip report with the search engine).
But when i flew a Finnair MD-82 to Northern Finland (see my trip report about that too), they said that they weren't allowed to let non-staff members to sit in the cockpit during the landing in case of a emergency.
AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2897 times:
Hi! I was going to ask the same question. I was hoping to on a MCI-ATL (and back) flight on Delta. But I guess not. If it might help me, I know three people who are either related to, or know airline pilots. The lady that cuts my hair's father is a NW jumbo pilot out of HNL. A girl that's a friend of mine on my street has an older sister who is dating an AA pilot, and my mom works with someone who's brother is a UAL pilot. Would any of these connections help, do you think I could possibly write the airline and somehow work things out? Thanks for your help!