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Visiting The Cockpit?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 2:47 am

I was wondering if it is allowed to visit a cockpit of an airliner during the flight and especially when taking off and landing ? I am going to fly KLM from ZRH to NRT via AMS and I would really like to sit in the cockpit when taking off or landing.
Should I write a letter to the captain or just ask a Flight Attendant ? Any info or experiences (with KLM?) ?

Thanx a lot !

RE: Visiting The Cockpit?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 4:25 am

Its very easy on a long flight, if the airline allows it, that is. I flew on JMC yesterday and did exactly what I did on the flight out. Listen at the beginning to who the Purser/CSD/Senior crew member is. Now just after one of the meal services has been completed and there are few trolleys about, go to the crew area and find the top dog. Now give them you story about your aviation interest or whatever and ask if it would be poddible to PLEASE visit the FD. If the airline allows it, this should work a treat. There are other ways but thats the one I use.
Once in the Flight Deck get to know the captain well and either pray he asks you for landing (like i did- unsuccessfully) or go for it and ask outright, you never know. As for take off, the only time I managed it was on work experience with BA and the Flight Crew already knew about me coming on. I suggest that you either write a nice letter to the appropriate person or ask at check-in/ the gate, again, be nice and polite.

BTW, we've had loads of posts on this so it may be worth searching back for something of interest.

Hope I have helped, Mark.
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RE: Visiting The Cockpit?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 5:15 am

You could also write to the Airline with all your flight info. and they might ask the Captain to let you jumpseat!
However, As AMS-NRT is a 12h. flight, there will be a Captain, a Co and a Coco (cruise pilot) onboard,this means one less seat.


RE: Visiting The Cockpit?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 5:24 am

Here is a word from a "Top Dog" (with apologies to Mark 152). You will hardly make an impression on the crew whether you are a little interested in aviation or a WW2 ace ! It is just your luck. Whenever I travel as a passenger on my airline or another, I always ask to sit on the FD for t/o or landing. No problem with my airline, But with others 50-50. Last September on Virgin I was super lucky on a B747-400. On other airlines like Lufthansa, the Top Dog gave me 30 seconds flat, and I was not even nodded at by any of the flight crew inside the cockpit of a 747.
Good Luck.

RE: Visiting The Cockpit?

Sun Jun 04, 2000 5:32 am

I have been on a few different airlines in my life. On Lufthansa, as Tripl7 said, they are very mean, some might be nice and let you take off or land while in the cockpit. I have been to the cockpit of a lufthansa flight and i wasn't in there for too long. But now for a KLM flight, i believe you will have a better chance. I used to travel to Greece, Netherlands, Chicago, back and forth with KLM and they were always nice enough to take me up to the cockpit, even if it was a 3-hour long flight like yours. I haven't asked them if they would let passengers stay in the cockpit while takeoff and landing but it doesnt hurt to try. Otherwise, every KLM i have been on, the personell is very friendly. I believe you will be able to visit the Cockpit on your flight.

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