All you have to do is ask. I went on the ride 5 times as engineer/gunner before my wife and I decided we would just blatantly ask if we could be a pilot.The worst part of Falcon to me is waiting 60+ minutes and then be told: "hey you're a gunner/engineer". I did not just wait so long to not pilot the falcon! And then on top of that I also have to sit behind the lucky winners who did get to pilot and see them having a good time or mess things up completely. It sucks all the fun out and makes me skip the ride next time, cause I don't want that same experience again.