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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 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 ...
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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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Why do some fighter jets have two pilots while others have only one?

Why do some fighter jets have two pilots, while some have only one? For example the newer fighter jets such as Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter typhoon etc. are mostly with single-seat, but two-seat ...
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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 are these lights above the panel in a Blue Angels cockpit?

I found the following picture on the Blue Angels Facebook page: What is the purpose of the lights over the pilot's panel? (The two on the top are green)
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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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Why are the cockpit controls of airplanes so complicated?

For a layman like myself, the cockpit of every single modern airplane that I've laid my eyes on seems like a complex, intimidating mess with knobs, buttons, screens and levers literally covering every ...
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Are there any cockpit indications when an engine has separated from the aircraft?

On this answer, there is a comment that asks if there is an alerting alarm of some sort when an engine falls off an airplane. Is there a direct alarm from the engines specifically saying "You lost an ...
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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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What policies, technologies, equipment, etc is used to mitigate liquid spills in the cockpit especially during turbulence?

While reading this stack exchange question about waterproofing cockpits, I wondered what common industry practices as well as personal practices are in place to mitigate spills and damage. Type of ...
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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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Where can one buy old 737 parts? [closed]

I'm trying to build a home cockpit for the PMDG 737-800. I'm looking for some landing gear position indicator lights but I don't know where to get them from. I've tried ebay and amazon, but it ...
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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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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 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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What are the pros and cons of having a side-stick versus a centered control stick in a fighter aircraft?

The Eurofighter Typhoon features a centered control stick: While for example in the F-16 the stick is on the right side panel: I find the latter configuration much more natural/ergonomical. ...
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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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What is the purpose of the plush-like seat covers in an airliner cockpit? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of the plush-like seat covers that I have seen on almost all the airliners I looked at? See for example the following picture of a Bombardier CRJ flight deck: (wikimedia.org)
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Which light aircraft are known to have a quiet cockpit?

Are some light aircraft known as being significantly quieter in the cockpit than others ? How quiet might the quietest light aircraft be from the inside ? At least ten years ago I was reading an ...
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Why does an airplane captain sit in the left seat?

For almost every airline, the captain sits in the left seat, and the first officer on the right. We know that in most countries right-side traffic and some have left-side. During training, the ...
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What is this display on the 737 Classic?

Source: YouTube I noticed that display (yellow circle) between the two CDUs. What is it for? It is not a default installation on the 737-3/4/500. It looks like a Navigation Display/MFD, but why have ...
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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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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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Does the pilot in command always sit on the left seat?

Are there any rules (i.e. airline-specific) or regulations (laws) that state that the pilot in command (PIC) must sit on the left seat in commercial airliners? This question specifically asks for ...
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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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What are these wavy lines on fighters' canopy?

As shown in the images below, what are these wavy lines on the canopy of the aircraft? Do these lines have any utility? These are mostly captured in videos of cockpit views of carrier-based aircraft.
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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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Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer?

Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer (FMC)? My assumption that they represent West, South, North, and East. Here is a Boeing FMC: And here is one from Airbus:
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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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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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How do pilots avoid radiation?

It is said that they are exposed to 50% more of radiation than on the ground and they are prone to skin cancer, so, is there any way of reducing the amount of radiation for pilots?
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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 ...
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Why are the character keys on the Flight Management Computer in alphabetical order?

Regardless of which aircraft type and manufacturer, the character keys on any Flight Management Computer are always in alphabetical order, see image: From a human factors view, this is sub-optimal, ...
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Is rebooting the computer normal before/during flights?

On a recent flight the captain made an announcement at the gate that they need to reboot the computer as somethings aren't working, and rebooting usually solves the problem. After posting this on ...
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What does this plus (cross) sign on this electrical panel mean?

I'm looking at a picture of the electrical panel of a Phenom 100 and on it I see a + sign, does anyone have any ideas as to what it's supposed to mean?
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Are cockpits waterproof to prevent spills [duplicate]

Are cockpits waterproof, i.e. designed with the fact that a pilot might spill a hot or cold drink over the instruments by mistake?
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What is this cutout in the Spitfire cockpit glass?

This is a still from the film Dunkirk. I realise this is not a historical document, but I have also found a similar feature in photos of real Spitfires. What is the purpose of this?
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What is this button (pressed during approach) on the Airbus A320?

I was watching a YouTube video of a cobalt air a320 landing and I seen as he was about 2000 ft AGL he pressed a button on his right hand side just beside the Navigation display. The button illuminated ...