Pilot lifts lid on what really happens inside the cockpit during flights

Cabin crew staff have a very important job of making sure passengers are satisfied during their journeys.

The pilots, however, are a little bit busier with flying the plane and keeping an eye on matters inside the cockpit.

So have you ever wondered what goes on inside the cockpit during a flight? A pilot has revealed exactly what happens behind the scenes.

Speaking to Express.co.uk , the pilot, who flies short haul from the UK, said: “After take off we closely monitor the aircraft to ensure we reach our cruise altitude safely.

“Once we are in the cruise the pilot flying will begin to set up the aircraft for landing. The other pilot will complete paper work relating to fuel checks, obtaining weather at the airport en route and the destination.

“Once both pilots have finished their tasks they will start to brief a plan of how they will conduct a safe decent and landing at the destination.”

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But when it comes to long-haul flights, there are often periods of time with little to do, according to Patrick Smith, pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential.

He said: “There are long stretches where not very much is going on, and simple conversation is usually the best way to stay alert and engaged during those periods.

“At other times it's very busy. People might be surprised to learn just how busy a cockpit gets – to the point where both pilots can become task-saturated – even with all of the automation running.”

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Are you looking for more flight secrets?

Previously, cabin crew staff unveiled hidden trap doors used for emergencies.

Blair, a flight attendant for Virgin Australia, gave passengers an insight to what’s on board a Boeing 777 aircraft for a live story on the airline’s Instagram page.

During the behind-the-scenes tour there was a little trick that cabin crew staff use whenever they get trapped in the planes during an emergency.

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