Recently I took a trip around the US flying three different airlines in two different days. I had a great time and it was lots of fun. Soo, with that being said I’m going to give some tips and tricks to visit the cockpit of your next flight. Now remember the flight crew does have the right to decline these requests.
- Ask the flight attendants during the flight. Be polite and smile. Show appreciation and an interest in aviation.
- Don’t see the pilots before the flight. They are usually busy before hand and don’t want to be bothered.
- These are pilots are working. They have a job to do. So your request may be denied, after all it is there airplane and they are in charge of it.
- If they do say yes, be polite, smile, engage with them and ask them questions. Most pilots I know would love it if young adults/teenagers came and visit them more. There not going to be bite.
- Be appreciate of what they do. I like to give out compliments to these pilots if I go visit them. Something like great landing or thank you for the flight or I appreciate it. Thanks for letting me come look. These are great ways to show gratitude and thankfulness to the crew.
- Show them you care and that you have an interest and that you have a passion for aviation. Remember they started out just like you.
- They do have the right to say NO. Don’t get discouraged. Ask on your next flight and the answer might be yes.
- Have fun! Enjoy your time up there. It’s not everyday someone gets to visit the cockpit of a commercial jet.