Hi Udo,I read your post but I think you are a little "emotionally overreacting".
I totally respect all you real aviation lovers like seeing the front office and also seeing this as a good opportunity to learn about planes and stuff from the first hand but you have to look from the pilots perspective.Try to imagine that until you arrive there with all your politeness and enthusiasm how many stupit conversations happened between the pilots and the visitors.(I've witnessed somebody opening the cockpit door and asking where the toilet is)I used to try to spend every minute of opportunity in the flight deck whenever I am allowed, now I am a brand new airline pilot started to work for a charter airline from Turkey.The truth is not every visitor is nowledgeable like most of the people here in forum but just want to see how it looks like.We are trying not to reject people but sometimes visitors are acting like pilots only duty is to entertain the visitor.Some have the attitude of Autopilot is flying the airplane you two just sitting and drinking coffee so just answer my questions don't waste time.They are asking basicly a" short flight training"in the mean time what is this,where are we,when are we arriving?They don't think that I am actually too busy to listen to the radio calls and monitor whats going around me and have to respond correctly to ATC instructions.Once we had a famous singer in the cockpit.She was sitting in the jumpseat and watching around and she wanted to seem polite,thankful that she is allowed in there and trying to seem like she is interested.During the take off roll everything was OK,as we rotated he felt the first feeling of aircraft climbing and she touched the captains shoulder and asking "captain is the airpressure a little bit much today or am I wrong?"The plane was 100 feet above the runway luckily it was not his take off.The nonprofessionals can not be awere what they do can be disasterious.And as being private in the cockpit.Think again if you want to be disturbed all the time whan you work at your office.Being unprofessional in the cockpit:hardly acceptable.But ofcourse there are somethings we don't want you to see.For example as I said I am a brand new airline pilot,During 3-4 hour flights I am studying.I am trying to read,ask if anything not clear in my mind to my experienced captain,study the taxi in procedure of an airport which I am flying for the first time,how to find my way from rwy to the gate for example.(Being the first timer on the airports like Charles De Guelle,Amsterdam,Frankfurt Main...etc is really a pain)And also we untie our tie,sit in a relaxed manner,maybe eating dinner and when a passenger comes in you have to behave more seriously,like correct your tie,change the way you sit maybe stop eating not to be seem like not caring about what is going on or the other pilot has the controls and radio while you eat,so when the visitor asks a question he won't miss anything from the radio.
These are some example that I am giving.Sometimes people come with better attitude,behave responsibly and the progress of flight permits(like you are not trying to avoid CBs or preparing for approach)and we also like chatting with them.You see I am 28 years old and most of the captains are over 50 we don't have anything in common to talk for 10-12 hours sometimes ,when somebody different comes its some relaxation for us too.And if the visitor is a beautiful young lady its even better
As a last word I myself trying to help everybody who doesn't act boring in the cocpit as I was in their shoes not long ago.And to those who says "rules are maid to be broken"you are in a very wrong place buddy.The rules are written here with blood and the cemeteries full of people with your kind of thinking.
Safest flights to you all,Have fun with your cockpit rides.WING