Nowadays the life of traveler is quite interesting and various. Despite the fact that tourism develops very quickly, every year it is rather difficult to surprise curious tourists and readers. Let’s only imagine that in a few decades, we will easily order an excursion to Mars. Currently, our travel expert Olga is going also to surprise you with our new article which is completely related to aviation.
Have you ever dreamed of being on board of aircraft in the pilots’ cockpit? And this question is not about visiting the pilots’ cabin of exhibit aircraft that rests in the aviation museum. No, of course not! We are talking about a real pilots’ cabin during the real flight of the aircraft. Are you interested?
Our aviation expert Robin Nava decided to surprise our J&T magazine and made an unforgettable surprise-trip on the pilots’ cockpit.
In fact, not every passenger can visit the cabin of aircraft. It depends on internal rules and decisions of the airline company. Some airlines gladly allow children to take a look into the pilots’ cockpit after aircraft landing at its destination, and after issue a First Trip Certificate to a small passenger. Other airlines – on the contrary. But to visit the cockpit during the aircraft flight, you must follow a special instruction. Everything must be prepared and agreed in advance. The Captain of the aircraft should request a permit of the Flight operations manager from the air control department to visit the aircraft cabin by a particular person during a certain flight. The airline company can provide either positive or negative answer. Our aviation expert has filed this request twice. It was a refusal on the first request; and the second response was positive. It depends on various factors, as well as on the flight itself, the destination of the flight and the duration of the flight – if it is a short or long haul. But do not forget that you will definitely have to buy a ticket for this particular flight (no matter which class – economy or business). The Captain is fully responsible for such VIP passenger on the flight deck of the aircraft. Indeed any crew member can request a permit and “invite” his friends or relatives to the cabin.
Finally our travel expert has already completed the registration process for the flight, passed passport and customs control. What was the next step? It was necessary to go on boarding with all other passengers, and then our expert was invited to the flight deck. In the cockpit there is an attached chair close to the door of the cabin. This place is arranged specially for examiners and Civil aviation inspectors who from time to time check the operation of pilots during the flights; and monitor the observance of all rules. Our travel expert made an unforgettable flight on this chair. The emergency exit for pilots is located above this attached chair.
Before the flight, pilots explained our travel expert of safety rules, and checked the operant conditions and reliability of all the mechanisms of the aircraft. Usually the turbines work is also checked by the assistance of the airport staff. As soon as the Captain got the permit to take off, the plane went to the runway. “Before our aircraft got the runway, there were five aircraft of different airlines. Expectation was exciting. I had also the opportunity to see how the airport car chased away a lot of birds from the runway. Of course, such expectation of the flight added more adrenaline to the blood …” – our travel expert Olga shares her impressions.
The flight lasted less than one hour with the direction Rome – Pisa. The pilots and our expert Olga used headphones and microphone during the whole flight. Despite the function of autopilot, pilots themselves monitor the aircraft parameters, update weather for destination etc. every 5-15 minutes. “That day we were lucky with the weather. It was sunny, and the flight was without turbulence.” During such flight the impression could be that the pilot work is quite easy. But in reality it is not. Work experience plays an important role during each flight. “Sometimes the weather is so terrible that it’s better to travel by car or train!” – telling with smile Captain Robin Nava.
On the horizon there was a landing runway of the airport and the aircraft started to descent. At this time in the cockpit you can hear a voice that warns how many meters left before the landing; and to feel how the airplane chassis is coming out. The landing was quite smooth and very exciting for our expert: “Of course, the emotions are overflown. At an altitude of several hundred meters you see incredible clouds, spectacular landscapes, spacious fields, and huge cities turn into toy platforms. But without any doubt the most extraordinary was the endless sky of dawn – when the horizon changes its color from bright red to sky-blue. During this flight I realized that pilots have the best office in the world!”, – says Olga.