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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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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

According to Wikipedia (and various other online sources), the control stick on the F-16 does not move. The input values are determined by the amount of force acting on the stick, rather than the ...
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Are there any legal requirements concerning airline pilots and their watches?

Are there any legal requirements concerning airline pilots and their watches? Do they have to be of any particular kind and are pilots required to wear one at all?
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What Makes G1000 NXi Different From G1000?

The new displays are installed on the brand new Cessna aircraft and upgrade plans are ready. But what is the difference from the G1000 that was there from the early 2000s? Is the tablet/phone ...
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Why would a pilot's armrest be a no-go item?

From the end of issue #216 (June 1997) of Callback: Another First Officer also learned too late the importance of consulting the MEL before take-off. Inbound equipment arrived late. About ...
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Cockpit vs Flight Deck?

Is there a distinction between a cockpit and a flight deck on an aircraft, or are the terms interchangeable? Boeing refers to the flight deck The new Flight-Deck Displays and Airbus refers to the ...
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Why does the F-4's rear seat have a weather scope eyepiece?

In the front seat. The pilot has a flat screen radar scope that shows both the planes and the weather. But on the rear seat. The weather scope has an giant eyepiece. Perhaps glare protection? (...
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What are the rotating disks at side of the throttle control [duplicate]

Pardon me if inaccurately describe the plane's cockpit. From watching aviation videos, I have noticed two disks at both sides of the throttle levers. They are colored in alternating white and black ...
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Can diplomats be allowed on the flight deck of a commercial European airline?

If a diplomat were to request access to the flight deck with proper identification, would he/she be allowed to visit the cockpit of a commercial airliner during flight?
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What is the backup for a glass cockpit, if a plane loses power to the displays/controls?

I'm assuming there is still power to the rest of the plane - maybe it's an unrealistic scenario.
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How are insects and arachnids kept out of commercial passenger airliners?

If a commercial passenger airliner were to land in a place infested with insects or arachnids, wouldn't it be dangerous to have those animals enter the aircraft? For example, suppose if mosquitoes, ...
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Where is the radio PTT button on a Robinson R22 helicopter?

I have some combination of joysticks and a rudder that I'm trying to use for helicopter flight simulation on my PC. Where is the radio PTT button on a Robinson R22 helicopter?
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Is there a Cockpit Video Recorder?

Often we hear about Cockpit Voice Recorders, but are there video recorders?
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How are these flywheel-like devices used in the Boeing 737 Max? [duplicate]

The recent news video CNN's exclusive look inside a Boeing 737 Max simulator shows a 737 Max simulator cockpit. There are a pair of what look like large black flywheels on the console, shown spinning ...
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Why are fuel pump switches separate?

Since engines are run only when the fuel pumps are on and vice versa , why are there separate switches for this? Why can't it be automated ?
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What is this object in the cockpit of an ultralight?

This is a tool (probably) in on an ultralight airplane. Initially I guessed that it is a tilting meter (to level between right and left), but seems it is not as it just a vertical tube filled up with ...
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Why are the Convair 880's yokes shaped differently from each other?

Looking at this picture of a Convair 880's flight deck... (Image originally by the San Diego Air & Space Museum at Flickr, via Wikimedia Commons) ...the captain's and first officer's control ...
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Are there little seat belts or other restraints for the organ-containing coolers kept in cockpits?

The NPR podcast A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant features Dr. Joshua Mezrich a surgeon who flies to other hospitals to retrieve organs for transplant ...
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What are these engine gauges in the Comet 4 for?

What are these gauges on the Comet 4's engine-gauge panel (between the captain's and first officer's instruments, above the throttle levers), marked "POWER LOSS INDICATOR", for? (Sorry for the blurry ...
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Why are the throttle levers for the Comet's outboard engines shaped funny?

The throttle levers for the Comet's outboard (#1 and #4) engines are weirdly shaped, with flanges that extend up and partially over the throttle levers for the inboard (#2 and #3) engines: (Image ...
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What is the purpose of this item next to the cockpit window on the B737?

Hello does anybody know what the purpose of this odd looking shape is
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying? [duplicate]

In an interview I read, a 747 captain (Mark Vanhoenacker, an American British Airways pilot) says he doesn't understand why he cannot listen to music inflight, when for example surgeons – who ...
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Can the pilot stop airflow between cockpit and cabin?

During normal operation the entire fuselage is pressurized equally: An aircraft fuselage does not contain separate compartments with different pressure values in each. The entire vessel is ...
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Identification of this control panel for a four-engine plane

While cataloguing a printer's copper plates I came across a control panel image, and I have attached it here in the hope someone can identify what plane it's from. The Lorenz blind-landing instrument ...
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Why is there a cutout in the pilot seat (looking as if it had separate “legs”)? [duplicate]

Why is there a gap in the seat (between the legs)? What function does it have?
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Why aren't cockpits airtight?

There are accidents where the pilots couldn't see the instruments and literally flew the aircraft blindly due to the excessive smoke in the cockpit, ranging from UPS Flight 6 to other accidents. ...
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What's the mechanical 'whoosh, whoosh' sound in this video?

Sound in question comes right after the warning sound at 22:57.
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What do “azimuth window” and “compass switch” refer to in this accident report?

I recently read the accident report on BEA 548, but I'm unsure of some technical terms used on p. 4 of the report (p. 14 of the linked PDF): Apart from the probability that in the particular ...
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What is the non-projected cross-hair for on the F-18 HUD?

Top right, there's a little cross-hair - it looks like it's for lining something up, since on the second pane there's a little dot. I haven't seen this on any other HUDs. Appears to be present on all ...
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Redundancy in Integrated modules avionics [closed]

What kind of hardware redundancy is used in integrated modules avionics based architecture for EFIS displays running on a single processor? My question is specific to redundancy of display hardware ...
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Why apply resolutons in data words for ARINC 429 bus

Data words transported over the ARINC 429 bus are defined and built-in units, ranges, refresh rates, number of significant bits, and resolution. Why is it necessary to include resolution? Does ...
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Why would pilots get special cups?

This Reddit post shows a picture of a disposable cup that is labeled specifically for use by pilots only: Is that seriously a thing? If so, why? There's some explanation in that discussion thread ...
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Can audible warnings be heard from the cabin?

When I fly in the front row on an all-economy A320, I can very clearly hear the autopilot disconnect sound shortly before landing. Can passengers in the cabin also hear other warnings like EGPWS (...
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Aircraft EFIS Configurability [duplicate]

What should be the general logic to automatically switch between different pages of EFIS during failure of single or multiple displays?
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aircraft display Processors

what kind of Processors and GPU are used for Aircraft display ? Is it possible to use single processor to run all three displays (Primary flight display, Navigation display and EICAS)?
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Are there any standards on the dimensions of PFD symbols?

Are there industry standards on dimensions of PFD symbologies like heading, airspeed and altitude? I want to design a 15 inch screen and wonder if there are any standards or regulations regarding the ...
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Are same-era military aircraft cockpits designed to be familiar to transitioning pilots?

The wonderful SR-71 ha what looks to me an intimidating cockpit: However, lots of planes of that era have ostensibly-similar cockpits to the layman, take this F-5 for instance: I choose the F-5 as ...
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Which fonts were used in old (1930s) aircraft cockpit displays and instruments?

This is probably more of a graphic design question than aviation but maybe a few hangar rats around here know the answer. What type fonts were used on the old instruments in aircraft from the 1930s ...
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Is it possible to play music in the cockpit?

I was wondering that if a pilot's flight had been delayed or a pilot had nothing to do, would it be possible for a pilot to play music in the cockpit?
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Why do the A220 cockpit seats have a cutout?

Why do cockpit seats on the A220 have a cutout on the bottom cushion? The answers to Aircraft pilot's seats: what is the notch for? explain that these cutouts allow for easier maneuverability of the ...
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Why do cockpit windows often appear to have a rainbow ‘tint’?

Why do cockpit windows often appear to have a rainbow ‘tint’? It’s similar to what you would see when looking at a shallow puddle of water with oil on top. Here is an example of a B777 cockpit window ...
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What exactly does the MB-326's 'relight' button do?

The following picture shows the engine throttle of an Aermacchi MB-326, which is powered by the Rolls-Royce Viper turbojet: (source - all photos © Drive&Fly Model Club) I wonder what exactly the ...
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Are there any passenger aircraft with no cabin access to/from the cockpit?

Most passenger aircraft (airliners and business aircraft) have an internal door or doorway connecting the cockpit area to the main cabin; are there passenger aircraft where there is a solid partition ...
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Where is the F-4 Phantom II's flap lever?

I'm trying to fly this fighter for the first time in X-Plane 11 but I can't seem to find the flap lever in the cockpit. Where is it on the real plane?
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Why are cockpit instruments white on black dials?

Which is easier to read: white on a black dial or black on a white dial? It would seem most aviation instruments are white on black.
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What iPad for the cockpit? [closed]

I am planning to pass my PPL and I am trying to buy everything I can before starting the flight lessons to spread the expenses. Most of the private pilots I have met told me that an iPad is almost ...
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Why isn't there a single start button for all systems on aircraft?

Why is it that airliners and aircraft do not have a single start button for all systems? On TV etc., I noticed that pilots pressing buttons above and below forward and sideways, mostly above though, ...
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Are steam gauges more reliable than glass panels?

I have always had a deep appreciation for technology and the future and I encourage that technology should move us forward whether that be in aviation terms or otherwise but one question has been on ...
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Do Airbus aircraft fitted with ACT have additional fuel system controls?

Do Airbus aircraft fitted with ACT (Additional Center Tank) have a push button that controls the fuel transfer to the main center tank? If yes, where is it located?
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What is the weight of the bulletproof cockpit doors of a Boeing 747?

What is the weight of the bulletproof cockpit doors of a Boeing 747 built prior to 9/11? Do the doors weigh the same for later models, like the Boeing 747-8 specifically? How many fewer passengers do ...
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Has there ever been an aircraft with three sets of flight controls?

On every aircraft I know, there is either one set of flight controls if it is single-pilot operated, or two sets of flight controls allowing either the pilot or copilot full control. Has there ever ...