Airsupport, Aussie registered 717 MEL allows dispatch, for 10 days if memory serves, with various parts of the Flt Deck door locking mechanism (normally controlled electronically) u/s. BUT the door must be lockable in flight.
Ahh for the good ole open door policy of days of yore.
Last edited by Capt Claret; 27th Oct 2010 at 06:42.
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The Problem with cockpit door locks.
The biggest problem with cockpit door locks is that they exclusively lock from the cockpit side. Thus there is nothing to protect the travelling public from the Pilots going crazy mid-flight and shooting everyone in the cabin. Whilst it is true that some of this risk has been mitigated by the mandatory security screening of Pilots, the only way to eliminate this risk entirely is to 'seal' the pilots in by having door locks only on the cabin side.
I propose that we send in a submission to a senator about this blatent security oversight.
Ahh for the good ole open door policy of days od yore.
Yes, I am very glad this rubbish was not in for all the decades I was in the Industry, would have made for some incredibly long and boring flights.
Also I feel so sorry for kids today, back in 70s and 80s when our kids were young, every flight we did, and there were heaps, the kids always got to go up to the cockpit for a visit, something our grandkids now will never get to experience.
My family moved to Cairns when I was a kid and we used to fly down to SY every couple of years for Christmas. ALL day in the air then - DC-3 and chg to DC-4 at BN. Many a visit 'up front' then - its wot got me started.....
Geez mate...........you forgot the safety glasses AND the hearing protection for the both of you when doing the old 'how to open the cockpit door with the paddle-pop stick or a rolled-up boarding pass' trick. Don't you know that you could get seriously hurt doing that sort of stuff without all of the right PPE.