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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...