Re: Flying in the Jump Seat (was: A319 engines thrust changes during climbing)

Date:         29 Jun 97 16:47:04 
From: (Malcolm Weir)
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On 17 May 97 15:15:54 , "Brian A. Reynolds" <> caused
to appear as if it was written:

>Non-US carriers have broader discression.  Presentation of a business
>card to the lead flight attendent with a polite request on the back may
>assist you in getting into the jump seat for a time.  Sitting in the
>flight deck of a DC-10/MD-11/747 while you fly through the tops of
>clouds will be somehting you'll remember for a long time.  Sitting on
>the flight deck of an A/C while flying over the middle of the Atlantic,
>with todays newspapers over the windshield to keep the sun out is not so
>exciting. :)

BA's Concordes have a steady stream of passengers ambling up to peak at what
three bored flight-crew look like!  BA promotes this, by including a
"Certificate of Supersonic Flight" in the "Welcome on board" kit that should
be signed by the Captain.  Of course, at 55,000ft there is only limited
traffic that they need to watch for.

Of course, there's not much room up there...

Getting in the jump seat of really long-haul aircraft during approach and
landing is far less easy: a an aircraft on a route like SYD/LAX carries four
pilots, and there are limited seats up there...  But during cruise they're
usually happy to find someone to break up the monotony.