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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 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 I realise this is not a historical document, but I have also found a similar feature in photos of real Spitfires.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 ...
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Why does the Boeing 787 have fewer cockpit windows?

Why does the Boeing 787 have fewer cockpit windows? The 787 has only 4 cockpit windows, whereas other airplanes have 6. Here is a comparison between the 787 and 777: ^ 787 V.S. 777 v
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What type of display is used for cockpit displays?

In "glass cockpit" aircraft, what type of display is used for the PFD/MFD system? Are they normal LCD screens, or are they "special" in some way (temperature tolerance, refresh rates, shatter ...
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What is this pattern on the A350 front window?

The image is extracted from this video (at 3m40s, when taking off) I circled in purple the strange pattern formed by few black straight lines. I'm quite puzzled as I have no idea of what it is or ...
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What is the purpose of the three small bumps on the switches for landing lights?

What is the purpose of the three small bumps on the switches for landing lights and what is the history behind it? You'll see a similar design on Boeing, Airbus, and other aircraft. Here is a picture ...
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Why the pilot in command sits on the left? [duplicate]

Is it a rule? Why left? I mean why the pilot in common sits on the left? What is the superiority of the left side?
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Is there a convention for type of switch used and where?

In most cockpits, you'll find the full gamut of switch types in use. Toggle, rocker, push-button and more. Each has their own "feel" and might be used for different situations. Is there any ...
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When does the overspeed alarm goes off in a plane?

I want to know when does the overspeed goes off in aircraft. How exactly is overspeed limit decided? Is it fixed for all the situations, or does it keeps changing? In a game that I play, (Infinite ...
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Do modern airliners have a flaps warning indication?

Years ago I was on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a 737 if I remember rightly, and was sitting just behind the wings and could not help noticing the flaps were partly extended for the ...
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What is the purpose of having a robotic arm fly a Boeing 737?

What is the aim of using a robotic arm instead of embedding the system on a plane? I read the 'Robotic Co-Pilot Autonomously Flies and Lands a Simulated Boeing 737' documentation but it didn't help me ...
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Can I wear a helmet camera in an open cockpit?

When flying an open-cockpit plane (specifically a Tiger Moth): By Towpilot (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], ...
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What is this yellow section around the cockpit window?

Saw this while boarding the flight the other day, travelling between HYD (Hyderabad, India) to CCU (Calcutta, India) on Indigo Airlines. Aircraft was an Airbus A320. There was a yellow patch around ...
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What's an estimate for the cost of the cockpit technology on a 747 or 777?

Can anyone share what the percentage cost or dollar costs of cockpit instruments and related software is within a 747 or 777? PS- I'm a physician working in medical safety. Physicians can no longer ...
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Where can I get full audio cockpit recordings of all four flights involved in the 9/11 attacks? [duplicate]

First of all, this is a question specifically asking about the September 11th, 2001 attacks. It is not focused on NTSB or other accident investigations in other countries. If you think it is, please ...
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Where does the term 'steam cockpit' come from?

Why are traditional style cockpits with gauges called 'steam cockpits'? Do the instruments actually run on steam?
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What is communicated between flight crew and cabin crew during flight?

During a typical trans-atlantic flight, can anyone list communication between flight crew and cabin crew? I am interested in "mandatory", i.e. safety-relevant communication between the flight deck ...
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What is the data size of Hilton Software's WingX Pro 7 app and all of its databases? [closed]

What is the data size of the WingX Pro 7 installation files and databases including the app itself and the VFR Sectional, IFR Low Enroute, IFR High Enroute, and the full "All Charts(IFR)" databases? ...
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What are the “lumps” in the A380 flight-deck?

In this photograph of the Airbus A830 flight-deck there are two large "lumps" sticking up and out from the centre console, next to the engine thrust levers and flight-computer keypads: I think they'...
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What is the crank on the ceiling of this aircraft?

What is the crank the pilot is operating above his head? Also what type of aircraft is this? image source
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Can a few random interaction with cockpit controls result in a crash?

Lets say a monkey / snake interacts with 3 random controls inside the cockpit within less than 3 seconds until the PIC / SIC can take control of the aircraft again. Could such interactions result in a ...
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Why are traditional knobs not replaced by touchscreens in cockpits?

Looking at this picture of an A380 cockpit I see that there are still a lot of traditional switches (meaning manual click on and off or knobs). Being technology so advanced in these days, why is it ...
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Can you identify this old cockpit canopy?

I stumbled across a cockpit canopy in the woods. What type of markings should I be looking for to identify this? And where exactly should I be looking for markings to identify this piece? Here is a ...
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Does the captain always control thrust on takeoff?

I just read an article about a day in the life of a pilot and it states "The Captain always controls the thrust in the unlikely event that the take-off needs to be aborted for safety reasons." Is this ...
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Would a gimbaled, always horizontal cockpit be beneficial to fighter jets?

Would it be possible to have a spherical cockpit that was gimbaled in jets such as fighters so the pilot was always upright. With all controls in the cockpit wirelessly communicating with the rest of ...
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When may pilots leave the flight deck during flight?

Are there regulations as to when commercial pilots may leave the flight deck during flight, i.e. due to physiological needs? Anytime when it is practical (obviously it would not be practical during ...
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What are the “spur” devices on this U2 pilot's boots?

From this video on YouTube: What are those devices and what is their purpose?
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What is the purpose of the black paint below the cockpit windows?

Today I saw the following picture of the B747-400 SuperTanker, which shows a black painted region below the cockpit windows. I have also seen vintage pictures of other aircraft that also had this ...
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Why are the cockpit windshields on the A350 black?

The newest planes like the 787 or A350 have a different kind of cockpit windshields: Picture source The A350 has "black" windshields: Source Does anybody know why are the windshields different?
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Why do cockpits with ACARS have printers?

Most cockpits with ACARS have a thermal printer that is used for printing out information received. Why is this information printed out rather than displayed on a scrolling computer screen? Maybe I'...
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What is the standard procedure in case of inconsistent sensor readings?

After reading the answers I now know there are three independent sensors. I will leave the question as-is, to not take the answers out of context: I do remember reading that airliners have two ...
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Why is the V1-speed callout automated in modern commercial aircraft while VR is not?

In some modern aircraft such as the Airbus A380 or Boeing B787, the callout of the V1 speed is automated through a synthetic voice, based on the V-speeds entered into the flight management system. ...
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How do the cockpit controls of a tiltrotor aircraft work?

I'm having trouble trying to imagine the primary flight controls in the cockpit of a tiltrotor aircraft - how would one design it? In an airplane, turning the wheel to the left would always deflect ...
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Do (did) powered airplanes exist where pilots are not in a seated position?

Well... all is said in the title. I mean "traditional" powered airplane, with a cockpit and long flight capable, not a paraglider. Upright pilot or prone pilot would qualify. Likely experimental or ...
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How to ignore faulty instrument readings in glass cockpits?

When an instrument fails in the cockpit, it is better cover it with something, either a dollar bill or a gauge cover (if you happen to have one of those), so we won't accidentally process the ...
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Can an aircraft be docked at the gate from the right seat?

Not all aircraft can be docked from the right seat, because they have a wheel tiller only on the captain's side, but some can (e.g. the B747-400 of the linked question). The usual docking system at ...
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Why do some airplanes allow separate right and left rudder pedal adjustment?

Ideally, when a pilot adjusts the rudder pedals both pedals should move together, to have equal leg length for the left and right legs. Some aircraft like the Dornier 228 have rudder pedal ...
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What is this clock-like device?

Whenever I watch cockpit footage of test flights there is always an added device with big clock-like digits centered above the glareshield. They come in different shapes as shown below. What are they ...
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Are the cockpit and crew rest area considered part of the cabin?

A few days ago, a travel blogger wrote about smoking on a China Eastern flight, and the smell of cigarettes came from either the cockpit or the crew rest area: So I’m not sure who is smoking, ...
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Could the Grumman G-21 Goose be started by punching the instruments?

In the 1985 movie "Commando", John Matrix (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) initiates engine ignition simply by punching the cockpit dials after several failed standard attempts. Could this ever ...
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Is there a clear or particular pattern in the mistake-making that leads to a landing at the wrong airport?

I'm interested in how decisions and mistakes are made in the cockpit. According to a brief news report about a recent landing at the wrong airport (see also the Aviation Herald report): Landings ...
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What methods are used to perform head tracking in the cockpit?

In this question, I asked about a helmet with built-in HUD, and have a follow-up question: What methods are used (or have been used) to perform head-tracking in the cockpit? The website for that ...
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What lights does the Cessna 172 light rheostat control?

I am part of a team developing a Cessna 172 P model for FlightGear, an open source free flight simulator. We are now programming how the panel and radio lightning rheostat should work, but we found a ...
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What is the purpose of a USB port in the cockpit?

I'm definitely new to the site so apologies if this question is naive but google turned up no answers for me: I was reading this article and read the following paragraph: As an example, Hypponen ...
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Is an approval required to fly from the right seat?

I asked this as a comment in this question, but I thought it was worth asking properly to preserve it for future Aviation.SE generations. Is there any sort of permission required to fly from the ...
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Companies that currently manufacture aircraft with center stick controls? [closed]

I was wondering if any general aviation manufacturers currently produce center stick control aircraft. (Not including LSA, Sailplanes, Helicopters). I'm asking about four+ place aircraft other than ...