Date: 15 Apr 97 03:22:38 From: Andrew J Braithwaite <email@example.com> Organization: Ford Motor Company References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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Dimitrios Tombros wrote: > How did you manage to ride in the cockpit of a Swissair aircraft for t/o. > I have been flying Swissair for about 12 years every other month and I > never had the chance to be there during an interesting flight procedure, > although I have asked (always unsuccesfully) to be in the cockpit for the > landing. By the way I have been in the cockpit for landing in Olympic > airways. > > On a more general note: what is the situation about this on different > airlines. I know it is officially (ICAO ?) not permitted, but would be > interested on experience by others in the newsgroup. It is usually very strict. There are two reasons, first is obvious - the risk of hijack. The second is that an unqualified observer in the cockpit could distract the crew during a critical phase of flight. With U.S. airlines there is absolutely no way that you are allowed in the cockpit. I was working at Delta's Flight Training centre and wanted to ride in an L1011 cockpit to observe the Autoland system. Even the chief L1011 pilot could not authorise a non-cockpit crew member on the Flight Deck during a passenger flight. With the European airlines ( I am not sure of the regulations outside of Europe ) it is at the Captians discretion. However if anything happens, even a minor incident, the Captain would have some very serious explaining to do. So it is extremely unusual for them to allow it. It may be worth asking but don't be insulted when the answer is "No". Hope this helps Andy -- Andrew Braithwaite Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Work) Powertrain Control Systems Engineering email@example.com (Home) Ford Motor Company Tel: +44 (0)1268 404115 The opinions expressed are my own and not those of Ford Motor Company. "Remove the x's in Email address when replying to this message."