Posts: 100
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:08 pm

Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:03 pm

When my kids were young (20 years ago) I would always get to accompany them on the visits to the flight deck. I know they weren't that interested but I always was.

When travelling in business class I would always ask whether I could see the flight deck and more times than not I was allowed up. I used to do YYZ-NRT a lot and on both the old Canadian DC-10 and also Air Canada A340's had many a good visit. In fact a friend of mine (OK it was a she, and she's cute) once managed to sit up front for the landing.

I have never asked since 9/11 but I was wondering whether anyone gets to do the flight deck visit these days.

Many thanks:
Posts: 8284
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:23 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:10 pm

I would say it is likely to be able to visit before or after the flight. During the flight, you will probably not be able to, especially on the US carriers.

Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
Posts: 3026
Joined: Sat Apr 17, 2004 4:54 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:30 pm

post flight is fine, just stay in your seat until nearly everyone is off and ask the f/a if you can talk to the pilots for a few mins in the cockpit. Most are more than happy to let you.
Do you like movies about gladiators?
Posts: 498
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:08 pm

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:48 pm

It's usually no problem getting a visit to the cockpit after the flight has arrived at the gate, even on US airlines after 9/11. During the flight however is a different story...not possible at all on US airlines, although there are slight chances on some international carriers to get an in-flight visit.
Posts: 378
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2004 1:43 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:59 pm

Before the flight is usually when i get up there (but i'm a minor) but most of the time i only get to talk for about 5-10 minutes max.. but most of the time, the Cpt. and the F/O will ask me back up after the flight for questions/pictures etc.

they still allow you but dont expect much during the flight~ prior or after the flight is still fine i believe all around the world

Gulfstream Planeview Cockpit: "why have hundreds of buttons when a CCD does the same thing and more?"
Airbus Lover
Posts: 3163
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2000 10:29 pm

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 2:54 pm

I get flight deck visits on almost all the flights I take except those that I am already bored of and don't bother to ask. Before and after while aircraft is still at the gate and doors are not yet closed are generally fine except I've found that this is not the case with KE and JL who have a different and stricter policy about visits. BR Captains generally allow but you have to stand behind the line and get nowhere beyond the cockpit doors.

The only airlines and does not restrict and/or gives the Captain the right to allow visits inflight are TG, AK and AF. I'm sure there are more that I am unaware of.
Posts: 7284
Joined: Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:05 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:54 pm

I got a flight deck visit twice one on the 29th December 2004 on G-OOBE and the other one on the 5th January 2005 on G-OOBF both with First Choice.

Tom (airbusA346)
Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
Posts: 6840
Joined: Tue May 18, 2004 5:15 pm

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:43 pm

With SQ, they are not allowed to give FD visits during flights. If they do and if it is reported, the pilots will loose their jobs.
Posts: 160
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:57 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:11 pm


You was very lucky "AirbusA346", I flew with First Choice on the 16th/31st July 2004

CFU-MAN(31) Both G-OOBD(757)

On the inbound leg I asked the flight attendant to see if I could go up to the cockpit for a few minutes (inflight), this (plea) failed. Next time I will ask on the ground.

Scott Waterworth
G-PATI-"G-PATI, Back inbound to Barton"MCT APR-"G-PATI, Continue, Keep lookout on VFR traffic"
Posts: 17
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:11 pm

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:22 pm

Hi to all !!!

Well, it's possible nowadays as well. But it depends on airlines a lot.

During the past two years I was allowed to visit the flight deck on a KLM flight to ICN (B 747-400) and on a Alitalia flight from MXP to ATH .


Posts: 105
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2001 7:22 pm

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:48 pm

Please don't put staff in an uncomfortable position or place them in danger of contravening the rules in the UK. Any G- registered aircraft is subject to strict rules that do not allow any non-operational crew except some positioning crew on the flightdeck at any point in the flight. You only need some jobsworth from the DfT to look at what is posted above for someone to get in serious trouble...

Save it until you are on the ground. It is sad but today's reality.

If it is not UK/US registered then fair play if their rules allow it.
User avatar
Posts: 2538
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2000 4:34 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:07 am

I though these were your flight details;

TO: Fuerteventura
CARRIER: First Choice Airways

FROM: Fuerteventura
CARRIER: First Choice Airways

If so your outbound flight was on G-CPEU... return was on G-OOBF.

G-OOBE has been based in Gatwick since early December, and on the 29th flew to Paphos!

Posts: 9339
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 5:39 am

RE: Flight Deck Visits

Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:04 pm

I was lucky enough to sit behind the Captain on a CX 747 fro a night landing a month before the old airport closed in HKG so I can't complain about the new regs keeping me out these days.

What is very sad, however, is the fact that the kids can't go "up front" during a flight anymore. QF was especially good about this before 9/11 and I got as much joy watching their faces as they returned to their seats as I would have if I had been invited to the flight deck.

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos