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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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Should I open a door or window when there is smoke in the cockpit?

Let's say when flying, I encounter smoke and the smell of something burnt in the cockpit. Should I open the door or a window to clear the smoke? My thoughts: the smoke may be toxic; opening the door ...
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Why are the cockpit displays swapped between the captain's and first officer's sides?

This question focuses on Airbus, like the A320, but is not restricted to those aircraft as the situation seems to be the same for other aircraft. In front of the left seat, the navigation display is ...
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Has there ever been a plane not controlled from the nose?

Has there ever been an airplane where the pilot, or cockpit were not located near the nose of the airplane?
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How long is this part of the Boeing 737 and cockpit?

I can never find information for the length of each of these areas. For the cockpit length is the nose to the bathroom and the back of the airplane is the coffee symbol to the tail of the aircraft.
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Why don't cockpit windows suffer pressure leaks? [duplicate]

The de Havilland Comet had pressure leaks inside the square windows which resulted in 3 incidents of the aircraft breaking apart in mid-air. A cockpit window has a similar square window and should be ...
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Do aircraft use the same or similar warning alarms for different alarm conditions?

I was going through Helios crash and learned that Boeing was blamed for having similar sounding alarms for different alarm conditions. On a given aircraft, can two different warning alarms have the ...
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Did the SR-71 have any windshields?

In this video of a more complex cockpit, belonging to the SR-71, why don't we see any windshields? Were they not required for the SR-71, or are they not captured in this video? If windshields were ...
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Why don't airliners have bigger cockpit windows?

A bigger cockpit window would increase the pilot's vision of a runway. So why can't they be bigger? Note that this question covers cabin window size already, but this question is about cockpit ...
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Is there some functionality of an airliner which is not controlled by the cockpit?

We have had a blockbuster question, asking about the complexity of the cockpit, which was answered very well. With so many controls, are there any flight- or safety-critical functions which cannot be ...
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How can passengers help in the cockpit in an aviational emergency? [closed]

During an emergency solely related to aviation (ie not a medical situation), suppose that some airline passenger believes that he/she can help in the cockpit. Since the cockpit door is locked for ...
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Are Aircraft yokes self centering in non-auto pilot mode?

In a typical car steering wheel if you release it while the car is in motion, it will return to its center, neutral position. What's the corresponding situation in an airplane? Is a yoke self ...
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Why won't you allow someone into the cockpit while on ground?

Various regulatory authorities around the world have framed strict rules prohibiting entry of passengers into cockpit. It makes some sense to not allow anyone into the cockpit (learning from 9/11), ...
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Why don't we have yokes that look like steering wheels?

This question came across my mind when I was thinking about cockpit design vs car design: why don't we have yokes that look like steering wheels? The first advantage I can think of is more gestures ...
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Do commercial airliners have the tail number placed somewhere on a placard in the cockpit?

I notice, looking at pictures of various light singles, that the tail number of the aircraft is typically prominently displayed somewhere towards the top of the instrument panel. If it were your own ...
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Why are most cockpits gray?

Russian cockpits were often painted turquoise to reduce pilot fatigue. So my question is why most non-Russian cockpits are painted gray, or in the 777's case, tan?
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If commercial airliner cabin is depressurized, are pilots protected against it in any ways?

Basically, if the cabin in a large air liner is depressurized, are pilots protected in any way, specifically: Is the cockpit separately pressurized from the rest of the cabin? Can they keep ...
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How is the lighting panel of an Airbus A340 designed and how does it work?

I'm trying to simulate the light switch panel of an Airbus A340 with real electronics components for a model in scale (I'm doing the electronics lights with leds). Taking a look at this PDF (page 129)...
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How are lavatory smoke detectors connected to the flight deck?

How are the smoke detectors in aircraft lavatories connected to the flight deck so the crew there can see the warning alarm? Do they have wires all the way from the lavatory to the flight deck, or are ...
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Why do most helicopter pilots sit on the right? [duplicate]

A follow up on this question, one answer mentioned that Please note that on many helicopters, captains sit on the right side. Why is that?
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Is there any particular reason for the cockpit of the 747 being on the upper deck?

The cockpit of the 747 is on the upper deck, but the cockpit of the A380 is situated on the lower deck. Is there any reason (be it engineering or anything else) for the location of the cockpit?
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What material is used to make luminescent placard on civil aircraft? [closed]

I'm an engineer working in the civil aviation industry. Currently my company is preparing to make some placards. I've downloaded the drawings from Airbus. A drawing calls up the material of AD400 TV25/...
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Does sex occur in aircraft cockpits, and is this safe?

I've always heard euphemisms about pilots having sex with flight attendants or passengers while flying, but I'm wondering, does this ever happen on commercial flights or in general aviation? Have ...
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Why didn't the EASA enforce the 2 man cockpit rule BEFORE the Gemanwings accident? [closed]

International numbers state that planes downed by pilot or co-pilot due to suicide are a rare but still possible occurrence. In the United States such a safety procedure is standard (as of 9/11 - if ...
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Is there something like an ignition key for planes? [duplicate]

Is there something like an ignition key for planes? Or could one "just enter" and fly away if they could?
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Do any aircraft systems give spoken warnings in a language other than English?

Since pilots are permitted to communicate in their own language to eachother in the cockpit, and to ATC in their own country, it stands to reason that some warning systems like TCAS or TAWS/EGPWS ...
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How can the breath of a pilot be recorded?

On a plane, as a passanger, I can't hear my own breath. I can't hear my own breath even in a silent room. On a plane, there is a continous background noise. And the microphone recording the noises ...
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Is locking the cockpit door from inside is a normal procedure when one pilot leaves? [duplicate]

When a pilot leaves the cockpit to go to the toilet should the second pilot lock the door? For me it's mandatory in case of the other pilot is taking in hostage and is forced to tap the code. So can ...
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Could someone use an axe to break through a locked cockpit door? [closed]

Could someone accomplish entry with an axe, considering how tough cockpit doors are? Do planes carry axes?
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What are the details of opening a cockpit door from the outside?

Can one pilot lock the other out of the cockpit? It is mentioned in the answer to the question I linked that a person inside the cockpit can stop a person outside from opening the door by "canceling ...
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Are two people required in cockpit at all times on large commercial aircraft?

It would seem reasonable on large commercial airlines to require that there be two people in the cockpit at all times. For example when the pilot goes to the toilet a member of the cabin crew must ...
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If the pilot cabin loses pressure, can the pressure difference lock the cockpit door?

I think, if there is only a 0.1 bar pressure difference with a single square meter door, around the weight of a ton would be needed to open it - if it is sealed hermetically and opens outward. Is it ...
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Is it plausible to forget the cockpit unlocking code?

Is it plausible for a pilot inside the cockpit to be incapacitated and that at the same time the pilot locked outside simply doesn't remember the code or the procedure for entering the cockpit?
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Can one pilot lock the other out of the cockpit?

One seemingly plausible theory about the MH370 disappearance is that one or other of the pilots locked the other one out of the cockpit and then depressurised the cabin. However, this answer mentions ...
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Where can I go to sit in the cockpit of a Boeing?

This might sound like a silly question to some, but is it possible to go and sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, somewhere in the UK? (Otherwise in Europe, or beyond). Maybe at a museum or something? ...
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Can a passenger request to visit the cockpit during a flight?

As a kid, I remember going to the cockpit of a plane with my mom (I believe the airline was AOM French Airlines). Is this still possible now? I understand the answer might differ with different ...
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Can a bullet hit make the cockpit door open?

If there is a hijack situation and the terrorist guy shoots at the cockpit door to go inside, will that work? Are the cockpit door locks in commercial planes like 737s etc good enough to handle a ...
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Are there regulations or adverse effects regarding Bluetooth in the cockpit?

Are there any FAA regulations concerning wireless Bluetooth headsets in the cockpit of any aircraft? Moreover, I'm interested in finding out if the Bluetooth protocol (IEEE 802.15.1) will adversely ...
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Does the A380 have more than one auto-brake disengage switch?

I know that the A380 has low/med/high RTO auto-brakes. What I'm not sure about is if there's a switch near the thrust levers that can disengage the auto-brakes, other than the switches located on the ...
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Do planes have keys?

One thing I've always wondered is: do airplanes have keys that you put in the ignition to start? And on the outside doors? Otherwise how are they secured and started? I'm interested to know about a ...
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What is this component in an Airbus cockpit?

I have noticed that on a lot (all?) Airbus cockpits, there are these "things" (for lack of a better term) under the panel. I have highlighted them in this picture of an A340 cockpit: What are they?
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Why do pilots' seat covers almost uniformly use sheepskin?

While browsing this answer I noticed the sheepskin cover and recalled that I couldn't remember a cockpit that didn't have them. It's not entirely surprising that they're used, but I am surprised that ...
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When should pilots observe a “Sterile Cockpit”?

A "Sterile Cockpit" means avoiding all conversations and actions not related to flight during important flight times. (eg. No extraneous conversations, no non-important electronics, no eating, etc) ...