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Old 10th Sep 2019, 20:59
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Cockpit visit

Recently on a European LCC the Captain announced there was a 1 hour delay due to a ATC ground stop. The plane was pushed back to free up the access. There we sat engines off. The Captain then announced that anyone interested could visit the cockpit. A stream of children and adults streamed up the aisle. A rare event post 9/11?
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 22:05
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Originally Posted by Crosswhinge View Post
Recently on a European LCC the Captain announced there was a 1 hour delay due to a ATC ground stop. The plane was pushed back to free up the access. There we sat engines off. The Captain then announced that anyone interested could visit the cockpit. A stream of children and adults streamed up the aisle. A rare event post 9/11?
only if they were packing.

I do it one or twice a year
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 23:40
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Daughter (PPL) recently flew LAX-SYD and on boarding, asked one of the crew if she could have a look in the cockpit. No problem.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 00:30
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I understand that when children visit the cockpit on modern aircraft they are encouraged to bring a biscuit for the dog.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 02:40
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A few years ago I flew to BTV (Burlington, Vermont) to drive back to Washington state with my recently MS graduated daughter. The plane was a turboprop and I was fascinated by the propellers which I could observe through the window. After landing I asked the attendant if I could talk to the pilot. No problem, I was invited into the cockpit. I had a very interesting discussion with the driver about constant speed props and whether he used reverse (he didn't). Then had a discussion about stall speed vs altitude as I had been thinking about decreasing air density and lift and so was introduced to coffin corner. A good time with a thoughtful pilot that was much enjoyed (and showed my brain still worked). So, long story short, there are still chances to meet the people we are trusting our lives to. Good stuff.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 08:28
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Last year I got to sit in the co-pilot's seat in a scheduled flight.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 11:02
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Always delighted to welcome someone with genuine interest to the flight deck.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 12:50
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We were on a TUI flight from Gatwick to Salzburg last month which was delayed after we had boarded. The captain announced that children were welcome to up to the cockpit - my 9 year old son was the first one up there as we were seated very near the front and he was very excited.

On the return flight a week later we had some more excitement. We taxied to the end of the runway, then all the way to the other end and back to where we had started from. The captain announced that he was having an abusive passenger removed before take off. A police officer came on board and led the chap down the stairs at the rear of the plane. At the bottom of the steps he ran away, pursued by 3 police officers who caught fairly quickly and dragged him away towards the terminal.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 12:58
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Nothing unusual, I've been on many a flight deck at Gatwick when we've had a delay. Last one was an easy A320 in June.

Not like the old days where I had a full trip from Manchester to Paphos and back in the jump seat of a Dan-Air 727 or the jump seat landings I had at Tenerife and Luton.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 20:59
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We have little ones and not so little ones visit regularly. It was such a visit that launched me into aviation.
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Old 11th Sep 2019, 21:26
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No problem while parked. Current ATC slot situation gives ample opportunities, overall it's a rare chance to introduce kids to the flight deck. Roughly about 1 in 10 asks good questions, about 2 in 10 get shoved forward by daddies wanting a look and about the same percentage by parents just looking for a flight deck snapshot of their kids, I'd say.
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