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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Why does the canopy of the F-22 Raptor have a golden tinge? [duplicate]

Why is gold used in the canopy of the F-22 Raptor?
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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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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 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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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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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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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 are some windows in cockpits made openable?

Why do aircraft allow sliding / opening windows in cockpits? What purpose does it serve, and why the same can't be done for passenger windows as well?
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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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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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Sidestick vs. Yoke [duplicate]

Looking at pictures from cockpits of various aircrafts, we can see two types of control-inputs. The sidestick: And the yoke: What are the advantages / disadvantages of both? When is a yoke over a ...
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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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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 pilots actually see through the windows?

As I have never flown inside a cockpit, but only played with simulators I find that the dashboard takes most of the field of view(or am I wrong?). So what actually can pilots see given good weather ...
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How many warning signals are voiced in modern airliners?

Some warning signal in modern airliners are voiced, like TCAS warning and GPWS warning (PULL UP!). And how many warning signal are voiced in the modern airliners? Moreover, where is the sound ...
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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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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 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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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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Does the cockpit have an alarm to warn about fuel leakage?

Is there any indication to the crew of the aircraft about any potential leakage of fuel from any part of the plane?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...