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Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:33 am

When you fly, do you always make a point of visiting the flight deck and chatting with the crew?

I ask this because generally, I don't. Travelling as a child, I used to visit all the time back when they allowed it during flight. These days however, I feel that I wouldn't have anything worthwhile to ask / say to the crew, and I know what a cockpit looks like from all of the pictures on A.net.

I may do it more often once my digital camera arrives, but for now I just keep walking.

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baguy
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 2:22 am

Its more interesting to visit for real, even if the aircraft is on the deck.


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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:13 am

Yes, I usually ask the F/A if I can take a look.
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lordanmol
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:51 am

I normally ask when it is on the ground

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:07 am

When I am traveling with my parents, one of them tells the flight attendant that I am a licensed pilot, and I usually get to chat with the pilots. I have not been rejected yet (knock wood)
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jm017
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:02 pm

Do flight crews allow it or even welcome it? In the post 9/11 world i am afraid to ask. Curious as hell, but am afraid because I am thinking for security reasons they may not allow me to visit the cockpit.
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:20 pm

Hello guys,

i am a pilot and when someone asks me I usually let them into my 737 cockpit! I Like it when people are visiting us (on the ground only, not allowed during flight  Sad ).

And if people dont ask questions, thats fine with me! they can just look and enjoy! Usually I ask questions then  Wink hehe, so better be prepared  biggrin 

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:44 pm

I usually do when I'm on an aircraft I've neverbeen on before. I've already seen all the 737 and express a/c cockpits, so I usually don't visit them unless there's something special about the certain aircraft. However, if it's something new like the 767-400 or my first 777 than absolutely, I'll be up there taking pics. Big grin

Quoting Jm017 (Reply 5):
Do flight crews allow it or even welcome it? In the post 9/11 world i am afraid to ask. Curious as hell, but am afraid because I am thinking for security reasons they may not allow me to visit the cockpit.

Of course you can. The captain might be extremely busy because the flight was delayed or something and the F/A say "you can't, sorry" or something, but that's very unlikely to happen.. asking never hurts!  Smile
 
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:34 am

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 6):
i am a pilot and when someone asks me I usually let them into my 737 cockpit! I Like it when people are visiting us (on the ground only, not allowed during flight Sad ).



Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 7):
Of course you can. The captain might be extremely busy because the flight was delayed or something and the F/A say "you can't, sorry" or something, but that's very unlikely to happen.. asking never hurts!

Thanks. The next time i fly, i will ask. No harm can come from asking, right?
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:55 am

I used to go every time before 9/11. I have a flight on Westjet in 19 days, so I'm going to ask and see what happens. Are some pilots of airlines more likely to allow you than others?

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:51 am

I ask on every flight after engine shutdown, normally I get a yes. Some pilots are more accommodating than others, but you definitely get a thrill from seeing a flight deck whether it be night or day.

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:58 am

I ask for every flight I take. Airlines include UA, AA, AC, WS, and BD. Have only been denied on FlyBe for some unknown reason and BD citing "security", yet on my connecting flight beforehand, I had visited and taken photos of the flight deck.

The only place I have been questioned is at YTS, but after explaining that I'm an amateur photographer and enjoy aviation, there are no problems and they are very accomodating.

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:10 pm

If the plane in question is a plane that I haven't seen the cockpit on or don't have a photo of the cockpit, I usually ask if I can have a quick look. I usually ask one of the crew members when they walk down the aisle for the last time before landing. The only airline that has denied me so far is KL and QF. On QF, I ended up visiting the cockpit anyway, cause me and my dad went upstairs (744) to have a look and the pilot invited us to the cockpit. Got a picture of me sitting in the captain's seat, unfortunately not digital though.
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:05 pm

Christmas Day 2005 United Airlines Flight 935. I was upgraded to business class which was great as they made a mistake with my boarding pass.
Upon Landing i asked the F/A if i could go have a look up front and she came back and said the pilot will see you now.

Got a photo of me in the cockpit of the 777-200 and was chatting away with the pilot and oh what a feeling it was to sit there in that seat albeit a little cramped.
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:35 pm

Managed to get a few FD visits. Very fortunate!!!
 
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:29 pm

I almost always ask, and so far every-time, I've been allowed to visit the flight deck, the pilots always seem to be accomodating and very welcoming, suprisingly enough, especialy after long flights, I think they just like the though of someone being interested in what they do, or perhaps the pilot is glad to talk to someone else, other than the first officer !
Personaly, I always enjoyed the 3-man flight-decks slightly better (with a F/E), because firstly, there's more to see, but also, it was always interesting to hear what the flight-engineer had to say about his interesting job  Smile

So yes, don't affraid to ask to take a visit, most of the time the flight-crew will be happy to let you visit them, even when they don't have much time, but usualy they only allow visits when they're on the ground, unless you're lucky  Smile.

My last flight deck visit was last wednesday (12/03/06 ,or for the Americans, 03/12/06), on a BA A320 from ABZ-LHR.

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:34 am

No harm in asking. Fortunately jumpseating during flight is still allowed here on some carriers.

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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:31 am

Did it once on a Northwest A319 back in February. I don't know if it was the Captain of F.O. I talked with. Nice enough guy, but I didn't want to overstay my visit, not did I get in the Captains seat.
 
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:59 am

Absolutely, on multiple occasions. Never hurts to ask for cockpit visits. Cockpit visits are unforgettable for everyone, I would imagine...


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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:45 am

Every time, without fail. The only time I have been denied was due to the fact that the aircraft was having thrust reverser problems that needed to be resolved.
 
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:18 am

Visiting the cockpit (I hate the term 'flight deck') is an awesome experience.....cannot be replaced by looking at photos on a.net....

My last visit to the cockpit was while landing in a AI 310 at BOM some years back....incredible experience....
 
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RE: Do You Visit The Cockpit?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:22 am

I ask all the time. I always get a "yes" as an answer. Whenever I try to bring up aviation chatter they don't treat me as if I'm very knowledgeable and they kind of rub me off... I guess that's what I get for being only 15 years old. Hopefully as I get older that wont happen.

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