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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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Why do modern fighter aircraft still use transparent canopies instead of cameras feeding imagery to screens?

The F-35 loves to boast about the HUD letting pilots see 'through' the aircraft, but I was wondering why they even have a transparent canopy instead of embedding the pilot deep in the fuselage like ...
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Why does the Dassault Falcon 7X's cockpit have ashtrays?

While looking at the first implementation of Fly-By-Wire systems, I see that the 7X was the first business jet with fly-by-wire controls. Looking at the Wikipedia page for the aircraft, I saw this ...
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Why was a flight delayed because of a bird in the cockpit?

This Washington Post article is about a Delta Airlines flight that took off after an initial delay, before turning back again shortly after, because of a bird that managed to stowaway in the cockpit. ...
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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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Which instruments are assigned to Pilot Flying and Pilot Not Flying in the various flight stages?

Is there a document which highlights the responsibilities of the Pilot Flying and the Pilot Not Flying? Specifically, I want to find out what instruments are assigned to whom in all the stages of ...
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What is this object name and how it works?

Photo is from here. I believe that it something like steer on a car. But seems that it has function or control more than just turning left or right. Is any different between left and right?
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Why do airliners still have a switch for the non-smoking sign?

I've wondered why airliners have a switch in the cockpit to turn off the non-smoking sign. Why isn't it illuminated all the time, or a better question: Why is it still there, now that everybody should ...
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What is that missing instrument on a Beechcraft 1900C?

(Full image) Beechcraft 1900C. I cannot find the name of the missing instrument even in the manuals.
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What connector standard is used for aviation headsets?

The typical aviation headset features two cords with connectors that at first glance are identical. One is a standard 1/4" (0.25 inch) stereo audio jack. What kind of connector is the slightly ...
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Are there regulations for the field of view from cockpits?

Are there any design or ergonomic regulations with regard to the pilot's vertical and horizontal vision angles from the cockpit? For example, pilot should see space 30 deg. above and 20 deg. below ...
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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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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 are Russian cockpit panels painted in turquoise?

Almost all cockpit panels of Russian aircraft types are painted in turquoise, whereas elsewhere the cockpit panels usually exhibit a dark grey color. As this "rule" seems to be quite prevalent, I am ...
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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 was the WWII RAF fighter joy stick loop design not used widely?

WWII RAF fighters had a loop on top of the joy stick in case of hand loss or injury - Anyone know why the Allies didn't copy this very helpful idea?
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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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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 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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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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Why does the co-pilot sometimes keep a hand on the throttle as well as the pilot?

In this YouTube video of a takeoff and landing in a Dash-8, you can see the pilot, while landing, keeps his right hand on the throttle levers. The co-pilot keeps his left hand at the base of 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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What are these spinning discs next to the throttle of the Boeing P-8 Poseidon?

The source video can be found here and the GIF is from 0:21 onwards. What are those 2 spinning things next to the throttle ?
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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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Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the left when most people are right-handed?

Why is it that control sticks for the captains on Airbus are placed on the left? Wouldn't it be uncomfortable considering that most of the people, and by consequence pilots, are right handed? To my ...
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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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Can I get a photo with the pilots?

Could I, as a passenger, get a picture with the pilots in the cockpit before takeoff/after landing? I'm asking specifically about any rules that would deny a passenger into the cockpit. I know this is ...
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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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Are the instrument panels in the cockpit spill / waterproof?

There are multiple switches and buttons in the cockpit, with different shapes and layouts. Are they spill proof? What if the pilot spills water or coffee on them, will they still function?
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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 is the cockpit rear view of an Airbus A340?

Before anything I know this can be sound something stupid and obvious, but I swear I lost 3 or 4 hours searching images and videos before posting this question. So please be mercy with my poor ...
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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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How could a Focke-Wulf 190 pilot see anything at all from his cockpit?

As one can see from the images below, the seat seems to be placed so low on the cabin, I cannot figure out how the pilot could see anything. Can anyone explain how a Focke-Wulf 190 pilot would be ...
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Aircraft pilot's seats: what is the notch for?

If you do a Google or Bing search for "Aircraft Pilot Seat" then choose images, you might notice a large number, perhaps majority of them, have a notch cut out of the front of the seat. What is this ...
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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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How did the 737 become a 2-crew plane?

In 747-400 documentaries it's often said that the switch from 3- to 2- crew cockpit is attributed to the digital displays that present only the relevant information, combined with the FMS. Little to ...
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Why was Concorde's cockpit so complex?

Source Why was this cockpit much more complex than any other modern day aircraft or a fighter jet? It looks to have many more buttons and controls, and very small (interesting) screens. Also, its ...
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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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What is the purpose of the “Mirror-Thing” over the Mig-29 Cockpit?

I noticed that some Mig-29 Fighter Jets have a little mirror-like-thing over the cockpit. I can't imagine a possible usage from it (If it's really a mirror). Here's a picture from Wikipedia: As ...
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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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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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Do jet fighters have air conditioning systems?

In most jet fighters, the cockpit is a glass dome and the pilots are exposed directly to the sun. In addition, they are wearing flight suits and full face helmets (most of the time). I can only ...
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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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Was the Airbus A300/A310 ever supplied with a yoke and not a sidestick?

In the Air Crash Investigation episode "Kid In The Cockpit," which details the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, the video shows the plane had a yoke not a sidestick I was under the impression all Airbus ...
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What is the significance of Slip-Skid Indicator in PFD?

Slip Skid Indicator as depicted in the picture below; What's the significance of Slip Skid Indicator? How Slip Skid Indicator is used in flying the aircraft? What are other performance/operations ...
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What happens when a pilot is incapacitated? [duplicate]

Is there a contingency for such a situation, where one of the pilots leaves the cockpit, the other pilot is incapacitated (for example losing consciousness) while the first pilot is still outside the ...