I’ve been flying (as a passenger) for quite a while, and I was once urged (by a very friendly male FA) to go into the cockpit and ask a few questions.
The plane was a Delta MD80 (Which was quite old). I started talking to Theo F/O while the Captain was running checklists. I told him I wanted to be a pilot, and he smiled. He began firing questions.
“What principle describes lift?” Bernoulli’s.
He looked at the Capitan
“What are slats?” He smiled, knowing he could teach me something.
“Little things on the leading edge of the wing to help generate lift” he looked at the Capitan again.
He thought for a moment, and then smiled again.
“Your on final, winds 23 knots from the northwest. It’s raining. The runway is super wet. Your approved for landing. The moment you touch down you skid. What do you do?”
I thought for a moment, and replied: “thrust levers to 100%, roll to correct the offset and pull up once reached VR. Make a go around and try again.”
The Captain chcukled. He told the FO the lists were done, and the FA led me to my seat and we pushed back.
The pilots seemed to really enjoy talking to me, so my question is to you:
Is it okay (or encouraged?) to talk to the pilots before boarding is done? (For RWA Pilots out there,) do you guys like it when this happens?