Hi all of you a.net old-timers out there. I have been going to airliners.net for over 3 years, almost daily, and my favorite has always been the forum – just haven’t felt I knew enough about airlines and airplanes before to join as a member, but today I decided that it was time to join the club as a Christmas gift to myself.
I have always loved planes and experience of flying then. Since I was a little boy, I have some times asked if I could visit the cockpit – witch I most of the times before 9/11 was allowed to. I have been to Dash 6, 7, and 8 (WF), DC9 and 10 (SK), MD80 (SK) and 11 (AY), numerous 737 cockpits, and the one I am most proud over is, was on a KL
flight from AMS
in 1997. This was on a 747-400 when I was 15 – the pilots allowed me to turn one of the autopilot knobs so that the plane turned left and we passed a tri jet of some kind. I remember that one of the pilots told me that the 747 was the fastest commercial plane except the Concorde.
Well anyways guys, to my real mission with this topic (witch I have searched the forum for but not found anything on, if some of you found something – tell me how to find it).
After 9/11 I have not been into a cockpit, other that the planes I have been in uniform on (flying to and from MIR
on LBT and KAJ when I worked as a tourist guide earlier this year). I asked a couple of times after 9/11, but was told that the airlines had new rules – so it was forbidden to visit the cockpit.
My question to all of you guys out there is; what are the rules on this (now and before 9/11). Is there an absolute no-no to allow a passenger into the cockpit, ore is it up to the captain?
Hope anyone can help me answer this question.
Hope my first post is ok and on the subject,
What goes up, must come down.