WHILE some see flying as a pre-vacation chore, others see it as the first part of their downtime.
Airplane fanatics can make all their friends jealous if they are lucky enough to visit the cockpit when boarding a flight.
Although this can never be guaranteed and is at the discretion of the pilot and crew, there are times when a cockpit visit is more likely to be possible.
Answering a question from a traveler Community website QuoraPilot Tim Hibbetts explained: “You can ask to visit most US airline pilots and they will be delighted to show you the knobs and knobs and lights and switches.
“It’s our passion, we love it. We love it when others love it. It’s the best job in the world and while we have time we’ll show you what’s going on.”
Tim went on to explain the times when it will not be possible to have a unique tour of the cockpit.
He explained: “Schedules are sometimes so tight that we’re not able to show one of our great loves.
“But if you get up early, chances are we can spare a few minutes.”
The Sun previously spoke to pilot Vicky McCarthy for their opinion on cockpit visitors before or after flights.
She said: “A lot of people are afraid they won’t be able to go in, but if you want, just ask.
“If it’s too crowded, the cabin crew just tells you – there’s no harm in asking.”
Vicky added: “The pilots are happy to answer any questions…
“If your plane is delayed on the runway, then that’s the perfect time.”
On a rare occasion that would make avid aviation fans green with envy, she was allowed to fly most of the voyage in the cockpit.
Aurora Torres traveled from Røros, Norway, on Widerøe airline to take photos for a wedding.
However, she quickly discovered that apart from the crew, she was the only person on the 50-minute flight.
She posted her a video Instagram Account showing a completely empty flight with no one else in the seats.
Those lucky enough to have a rare tour of the cockpit should keep an eye out the new button that means even a passenger can land a plane.
Garmin International Inc is launching an innovative new “Autoland” system that will revolutionize the world of aviation.
To activate the system, someone in the cockpit just has to press a special button – and that can be the pilot or a passenger.
According to Garmin, the new system will be able to steer and land the aircraft “without human intervention” in almost any situation – but it should only be used in emergencies, such as if the pilot faints or becomes ill.
Once activated, the system calculates the best airport within a radius of 200 nautical miles and flies there automatically.
In March, one lucky passenger revealed why it’s good to be the last person off a plane.
Reddit user u/aylzb visited the community sharing site to explain what happened to her when she was the last to disembark.
She shared a photo of her sitting in the cockpit of a plane, which the pilots let her board when she was only person left on board.
She wrote: “I was the last one off the plane. I asked if I could take a picture of the cockpit and the pilots invited me to sit on the seat and take my picture!
“I was so happy I cried afterwards lol.”
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