Much of the knowledge regarding the lives behind the cockpit doors come from fellow pilots while the rest can be gotten from regulation on the Aviation sector. Below are some of the things a pilot cannot do while onboard.
1 The captain and first officer can’t eat the same meal.
Having both pilots experience food poisoning mid-flight is scary as driving a car with no brakes.Thanks to a simple yet life saving airline practice of not giving pilots the same meal,the slim but possible food poisoning threat can be eliminated.
2 Both pilots can’t leave the cockpit immediately after landing.
Pilots board the plane first but they have to deplane last.Even before the boarding starts,the pilots are already in the cockpit doing preparation flight checks.But why do they get of the plane last? Because they still have to do the exact opposite of pre-flight protocols post flight checks.
3 Captain and first officer can’t choose who they fly with
Pilots can’t choose nor refuse their assigned partner during each flight,they have no idea whom they are flying with until they are literally seated in the cockpit
4 Pilots can’t go in and out of the flight cabin anytime they want to.
Following numerous unsolicited cockpit intrusions by passengers, all airplane cockpits are now off limits to passengers during flight.Pilots are prohibited by law from frequently moving in and out of the cockpit except from bathroom breaks.
5 Unnecessary chit-chat below 10000 feet is prohibited
According to National Transportation Safety board,most plane crashes occur during critical flight (take offs and landing)phases of flight below 1000feet(3050 m).To avoid more accidents Aviation authority issued “sterile cockpit rule” a rule prohibiting pilots from engaging in unnecessary activities and chat that don’t relate to flying the aircraft.
6 Both pilots cannot go to sleep at the same time.
Controlled rests are normal during flights but the pilot who wants to sleep can’t just doze off right away.The regulation states that before one of the pilots can get some rest,he or she has to confirm that the other pilot is awake by soliciting a verbal communication.
No taking alcohol or beverage in the cockpit. Taking selfies .
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