Today, I want to share a video of one of my flights in the cockpit with you guys. Fasten your seatbelt – this ride goes to Madrid!
The hard times after 9/11
Unfortunately it became really hard after the horrible attacks of September 11th back in 2001, to get access to an aeroplanes cockpit inflight. Back in the days, the doors were mostly open, making it easy to watch the pilot’s over the shoulder at work (this was especially exiting for kids :)). This has changed today. There are now thick and code-protected doors that can only be opened by either the captain or the first officer from out of the flight deck. There’s now a little screen inside the cockpit, showing the flying staff who’s in front of the door. “Normal” passengers have almost no chance anymore to get insight the cockpit once the aircraft is airborne.
How to get on the “Jumpseat” today!
Wait – what is a jumpseat? You may know fighter jets! These guys have ejectable seats, for the case that the pilot must exit the cockpit fast if the aircraft gets in a dangerous situation (see one famous video of such an incident here). But today, this term is mainly used for the observer’s seat in a plane’s cockpit! There are few possibilities left to get a chance for a ride on that seat:
- Being a pilot
- Being a staff member of an airline
- Being a relative of an airline’s staff member (Not possible for flights into the US for obvious reasons)
- Being a rockstar. Or a footballer. Or a famous actor. Or all of it at once!
Luckily, my mum worked for a big german airline back in the days, making some flights on the jumpseat possible for me.
There Are Some Other Ways to See the Flight Deck!
If you are a big aviation enthusiast and are very eager to see a cockpit from inside, but you do not have any possibility of these I mentioned above, just ask the captain after your flight – often they are very happy that someone shows real interest into their job and let you have a look “inside” 🙂 What about you fellas? Did you ever fly in the cockpit? Would you even like to? Hit the comments below 🙂 For another video of mine, click here. Cheers, AP