Photo © William Ronciere
It's no the first time, and even though I enjoy getting feedback from my pics, I don't have the time to reply individually for 20/30 emails stating the same thing.
So I'm creating this thread so that I can refer to it for future correspondance.
1) France have the particularity of still allowing 3rd party cockpit visits in flight; in most other countries, laws have been passed to make this illegal.
So unfortunately, if you are a US or UK resident and do not work for the airline, forget about it. You make get a cockpit visit on the ground, but not whilst airborne.
2) Even if you fly AF, don't expect to have it unless you can prove you are one of the following :
- Non-rev airline employee
- Private/student/etc... pilot with aviation-related FOID.
Personal relation to an AF crewmember can help, but it's not a guarantee.
3) Expect to undergo some questioning from the Captain to assess whether you are a bona fide enthuisast or not.
4) Even if you do get it, the flight crew might not grant you the right to take pictures. The fact that I get nice flightcrews on nearly every occasion is pure luck.
5) The Captain is the boss onboard and therefore the jumpseat is at his or her discretion; the final word thus resides with him/her.
So if you want it, ask the skipper directly.
Finally, you may be asked to leave your belongings in the cabin and of course, there are general rules of etiquette while in the seat; do not speak unless spoken to, do not create distractions and strap on your harness as soon as in the seat and do not unbuckle until told to.
Expect that you will not get the usual meal service, either.
I don't mean to be rude by creating a generic answer, but my mailbox is clogging up