I have heard that there is a jumpseat "owned" by the Federal Aviation Administration in every plane so an FAA inspector can sit there to check on t
I have heard that there is a jumpseat “owned” by the Federal Aviation Administration in every plane so an FAA inspector can sit there to check on the pilots whenever they want. True?
– Costpet, St. Petersburg, Florida
Almost all airliners have at least one jumpseat. It is not “owned” by the FAA; however, an air carrier inspector (who may be looking into operations, maintenance or avionics) may occupy it to observe the flight. The inspectors reserve the jumpseat, and it must be for official duties.
Pilots, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and other specially qualified people can also ride in the jumpseat. But the FAA has priority for official use.
Is there an indicator in the cockpit that tells the captain that all seatbelts have been buckled by passengers?
– Mike G., San Francisco
No, there is no sensor to let the pilot know when all the seatbelts are fastened. Oftentimes, the flight attendants will call the pilots and request a public announcement be made if they see passengers who are not complying with instructions to fasten their seatbelt.
John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems.