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Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 8:03 am

Hi fellow whatever:

I see that many (I suppose younger) people are going to fly during the next days for the first or whatever time!

What is your opinion on going to visit the flight deck? Which airline cooperates, and which is absolutley against this?

Any comments about the pilots?, Flight decks itself?

And now the big one: What about asking to stay on the jump seat during landing?

My personal experience is quite positive on all this, and I would like to know yours!

(Hope that this topic wasn't discussed recently!)



RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 8:40 am

On a long haul flight a trip up the sharp end is a must if anything to kill some time! What's funny though is that more often than not, the flight crew are more interested in what I do than talking about flying. I did once get a bit of verbal abuse from a British Airways Captain who when I had asked would he be making the return journey remarked that that was a stupid thing to say. I was implying that he may be returning on the same plane, but not flying it (I'd heard some stories about cutbacks in stop-overs) - he thought that I meant he was flying the Jumbo from London to LAX and then back again. Other than that the folk up front have always been very friendly, but I've never had that jump seat ride - my Dad has though - he was on a BA 757 a couple of years ago, turned out that the Captain was with him at school. Dad sent up his business card - next thing he spent the rest of the flight in the jump seat!
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RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 10:31 am

At Canada 3000, you are most welcome to ask for a visit. Unfortunately it must be during the cruise portion of the flight only. You may be denied on rare occasions where there is a Check Flight in progress or other operational reasons. But feel free to ask!

Best Regards,

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RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 10:35 am

I got to sit in the jump seat of a Cathay 747-400 for a night landing in HKG on runway 13. It was a clear, calm night and the pilot was very nice. He made the landing look very easy. I'm not sure on this, but most if not all US airlines do not allow you to sit in the flightdeck at all during the flight. But, foreign carriers might. My only experience is with Cathay.
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RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 11:14 am

Well you see four years ago we were flying from PDX for most of you East coasters that is Portland, Oregon to ORD (Chicago) we taxied to the runway and we were told that we were delayed because of bad weather in Chicago so the Captian got on the PA and asked anyone who wanted to could visit the cockpit so I did it was a great time.

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 12:32 pm

I flew onboard Ansett AUstralia flight AN888 from Hong Kong to Sydney. I asked whether I could visit the flight deck about 1 hour from Sydney. I talked with the pilots and they were very nice. They invited me to stay for landing so I was in the cockpit for descent and landing into Sydney. The Ansett Australia pilots are very nice.

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RE: Flight Deck Visits

Tue Jan 04, 2000 5:00 pm

Some of my personal experiences:

- 727 at night between LHR and BCN, incl. landing (beautiful), Iberia
- MD87 between BCN and Seville, incl. take-off!!, Iberia
- A300 between MAD and BCN, Iberia
- 737 between HAM and DUS, incl. landing, Lufthansa
- A320 several visits to cockpit, Iberia and Lufthansa
- 747SP visit to the cockpit, Air Mauritius
- 747-400 several visits to the cockpit, British Airways
- A340 between MAD and SJU, Iberia

Basically they always let you see the flight deck, but better if the crew is relaxed (not full plane and/or longer flight) and know the captain well. If you are there and speak about airliners and they see you know something about, its time to ask for a landing in the jump seat..... Maybe they don't want, but its worth the try! Good luck.

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Wed Jan 05, 2000 2:57 am

Lufthansa always lets you go visit the pilots on longhauls but my best experience was aboard Canada 3000.
I stayed for about 2.5 hours in the flight deck and again a few minutes
during decent into Vancouver. That was fun !! Unfortunately they didn't let me stay for landing there.

Once on Delta I was only allowed to go there after landing but not in flight.

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RE: Flight Deck Visits

Wed Jan 05, 2000 3:52 am


I've been to the cockpit on the following aircraft.

Britannia- 757-200, 767-200, 767-300
Airtours International- 757-200, 767-300

British charter airlines are usually really nice about cockpit visits. (Well the two above anyway) The longest I spent in the cockpit was about 45 minutes on a Britannia 767-200. The pilots turned round and talked to me and pointed things out like other aircraft and told me what the various instruemnts do.



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