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A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of an aircraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft.

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How and when are cockpits cleaned?

It's well known that cleaning the cabin of an airliner in the short time it is on the ground can be a challenging task for the cleaning crew. But what about the best seats in the plane, the cockpits? ...
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What is this display for on the Embraer E175?

Caught my attention, never had I seen a display in this kind of overhead position in an aircraft. What is it for?
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Why did Airbus mix "colored light means ON" and "colored light means OFF" in the overhead panel?

Disclaimer: I don't have a real Airbus A330 at hand, nor am I a pilot. After having crashed twice due to icing in rainy weather (not to talk about that here) with an Airbus A330 in X-Plane 12 ...
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What are these two sticks on chart holders?

Many different airplanes feature two small sticks on both sides of chart holders. These can be moved within a limited range. I've heard different versions about their use and haven't found any ...
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The 2 person cockpit rule - what happened? [duplicate]

I was recently on an EasyJet flight and was chatting with the FO during the cruise about flying Microlights and other aviation fun. When he went back to the flight deck, I noticed that the Captain had ...
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What safeguards are there against unintended inputs?

A modern passenger jet suddenly encounters some very turbulent air. The captain, who was just enjoying his toilet break, rushes back into the cockpit. Just as he's about to sit down the plane drops, ...
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What was the actual cockpit layout and crew of the Mi-24A?

I have spent all morning trawling around the Internet trying to get a definitive answer on this. In the early Mi-2A variant with the large glass cockpit enclosure, what was the actual crew and layout? ...
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Why is this placard on a Boeing 737 NG?

I was working on the cockpit of a Boeing 737 and was intrigued when I saw this placard. From what I know this has to do with Citibank being a lender or something along those lines. Why would this be ...
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What is the exact blue-green color that used to be popular in cockpits of Russian fighters

Does anybody know the exact name of the color that was used to paint all Cold War era Soviet fighter cockpits? It’s a blue green color but I’d like to get the exact color as I’m currently building a ...
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USAF Formal language for Control hand-off

Within the United States Air Force, when pilot/copilot exchange control of an aircraft is there formal, required language, such as "You have control..."/"I have control..." and if ...
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Questions about cockpits

I was looking at some plane cockpits, and I wondered something. We see the F-4 Phantom's cockpit below: Obviously, very analog. Then, we entered a new era of cockpit design, where we had designs like ...
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Can a prospective pilot be negated their certification because of too big/small hands?

Sorry if this seems a too naive question, I'm a complete newbie in this field. The question came into my mind when reading this answer from another thread (second picture). There you see a photo of ...
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What are the terrain-following radar modes of the B1-B?

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic-capable variable-sweep wing large bomber operated by the US Air Force. One of its "key features" is terrain-following radar and a fast, heavily-...
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Are pilots in a jetliner allowed to swap seats?

I just watched a video about the crash of Air India Express flight 1344 Part of the reason for the crash was apparently, that only the captain was allowed to land the ...
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How to become a master at multitasking

I am a student pilot with 60 hours. The first 50 hours I received 5 years ago and the last 10 is what I have received within the past month. I need some advice: Throughout training My instructor ...
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What aircraft is shown in this cockpit picture?

While watching this YouTube video, I saw a stock image of a cockpit (at 28:55; unrelated to the rest of the video), which I didn't recognise: The general design and some panels look very Airbus like, ...
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What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

I just saw this Newsweek article, Man Pilots Planes for 2 Years After Lying to Airlines About Experience: A man has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying about his job experience before ...
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Why do military and tandem seat aircraft have the throttle on the left?

Why do military and tandem seat planes have the throttle on the left? As seen in the photos below of an F18 Hornet and a P38 Lightning. Is there a reason for this layout?
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Live streaming cockpit to air traffic controllers [duplicate]

I was reading about the missing of the Malaysian flight 370 and was wondering if it would have been helpful if the cockpit would have a live streaming service where they live stream what's happening ...
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What is this unit above the autopilot panel in Boeing test aircraft?

I keep seeing this (more here and here) unit (maybe solely) in Boeing test airplane cockpits above the autopilot panel. Can someone tell me what is this and what the purpose of this big unit? Based on ...
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What does the red background of some toggle switches in CRJ 700/900 overhead panel mean?

I've noticed, that some of the toggle switches (e.g. DC Switch or the four Hydraulic Pumps) have a red Background whereas others (e.g. GEN1 and GEN2) are unpainted. Here you can see what i mean. Is ...
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Length from nose to end of flight deck / start of cabin?

I'm trying to estimate this length for the A319-100, B737-700 and A220-300. It is not easy using the drawings, because many cabin drawings don't include the flight deck. I know that it is established ...
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Do regulations require electronic checklists to be displayed on a cockpit screen or EFB?

As per regulation is it required to have the checklist (Normal and Emergency (drive by any alert)) as a part of the Cockpit Display System or EFB?
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Is it possible for a pressure loss in the cockpit to not extend to the cabin?

I have done research into the question of pressure differences between the cabin and cockpit and the theoretical answer I receive the most is that the pressure difference would equalize almost ...
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What is the high pitched beep noise on A320s on startup?

Me and an engineer have been both breaking our heads over this, and no matter what we do we cannot figure this out. On certain A320 family aircraft, when the APU initializes/external power generator ...
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Why did the design of the Boeing 247's cockpit windows change for some models? [duplicate]

Have a look at this article on a famed example of the 247. The image at the top is the aircraft during its flights with the RAF, likely some time in 1944. Note the reverse-slope windows that are a ...
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Why is the cockpit color of eastern aircrafts different than western's? [duplicate]

Commonly, the cockpit of eastern aircraft have a MediumSpringGreen or PaleTurquoise color while the cockpit of western aircraft have a Black or Gray or SaddleBrown color. Is it kinda standard? e.g. ...
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Why do the aircraft made by the Soviet Union have fans in their cockpits? [duplicate]

Surely the countries which were a part of the Soviet Union were not so hot then why are there fans in their cockpits? e.g. TU-134 or IL-76 or AN-124
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Why are the toggle switches in cockpits of new aircraft painted white?

The toggle switches in the cockpits of new aircraft are painted white. e.g. 737 MAX: but a 727 Why?
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What is the origin of the "Pickle" switch for release of ordnance?

I am looking for proper proof of the theory that it is called so due to the Norden sight of the B17, which was said to assist the bomber in putting a bomb into a pickle jar, and hence it stuck.
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Why don't airliners use light strips on physical controls (yoke/stick, throttle and trim) to indicate who has control - pilot or flight computer?

I've watched a lot of Air Disasters episodes about crashes where pilots thought auto-pilot, auto-throttle, auto-trim were "in control" but they weren't (or vice-versa) due to some innocuous ...
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Why does a de Havilland Comet have radiation symbols on the instrument panel?

This image of a De Havilland Comet cockpit shows a radiation hazard symbol on each of the three centre panels, next to the (to me unknown) blue, green, and grey indicators. Why are they there? I can't ...
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Are these two objects in cockpit of Antonov - AN 225 Mriya fans for air? What is their purpose?

In the above image, we can see two black objects that look like ceiling fans. This is just a reference image, but I am pretty sure that I have also seen small table fans mounted in cockpits of large ...
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How to make a cockpit LCD display night vision compliant?

I am trying to understand what does it means by making an LCD display compatible with Night Vision? The aircraft is an old Mirage of 1950's. If I use an LCD display in it's cockpit display unit then ...
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Does the F-4 Phantom use (have) differential horizontal tail deflection?

Is differential horizontal tail deflection used to roll the aircraft around the longitudinal axis along with the ailerons / spoilers and a bit of rudder?
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Why is this F/A-18 flying through a hailstorm of sparkles?

The F/A-18 Super Hornet squadron VF-102 Diamondbacks, flying from the USS Ronald Reagan, has posted a montage video of its 2019 Indo-China cruise. At about 5:15, the video shows a night-time cockpit ...
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What is the cockpit shown in this picture?

What is the cockpit shown in the picture below?
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How to know the material of key-top?

Posted it here originally. There are keys (push buttons) on the front panel of an avionics device that fits inside the aircraft cockpit. I need to know the material of which those key-tops are made ...
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Do airliners have any cockpit indication of open doors?

A recent report into an "unnecessary" plane evacuation reports that, following an aborted takeoff [The senior flight attendant] then ordered an evacuation of the 169 passengers onboard, but ...
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Why do some aircraft have multiple switches for the landing lights?

A question just popped into my mind: Why does an A320 overhead panel have 2 landing lights switches? What's the logic behind that? Why isn’t there only a single switch to turn on both landing lights?
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If the VVI, FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed you can use fuel flow to help you with your attitude (climbing or descending)?

If the VVI/attitude indicators , FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed same time and now you could not get cross control check, can use fuel flow counter(because of the decrease consumption rate) to ...
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What is the theory of the ram's horn yoke? [duplicate]

Embraer tend to use a Ram's Horn yoke in the Phenom and many of their RJ aircraft: And Cessna uses a more standard yoke with vertical sides: What is Embraer's reasoning for the Ram's Horn Yoke? Are ...
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Do pilots keep light in the cockpit during long night flights?

During long times of the cruise flight, is the internal light normally switched on or off inside the cockpit? Knowing it is generally dark in the night would make a smartphone-based night time logger ...
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Is it true that cockpit doors are bulletproof?

I read about 9/11 and read somewhere that after 9/11 all aircraft cockpit doors were replaced with bulletproof ones. Is this true?
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F-16: MAIN PWR ticking sound, what is it?

What is that sound that starts when MAIN PWR switch is turned on in the F-16? Its sorta like a fast ticking sound. Why is it there, what makes it, when does it stop? And is it also there when only ...
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Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16?

Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16? Please share a picture with the panel if you can.
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What is that A340 cockpit panel on the glareshield?

I want to know the panel's name and how it works. This picture is an Iberia Airbus A340-600
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Are there a toilet and (small) kitchen in the Su-34?

It seems that there are a toilet and small kitchen in the Su-34. The Su-34 is a medium range fighter-bomber with a range of action of 4000km able to transport 8 tons of bombs and missile. I know that ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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What is this in the primary flight Display?

What is this in the primary flight Display ?
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