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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 the instrument panels in the cockpit spill / waterproof?

There are multiple switches and buttons in the cockpit, with different shapes and layouts. Are they spill proof? What if the pilot spills water or coffee on them, will they still function?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Aircraft pilot's seats: what is the notch for?

If you do a Google or Bing search for "Aircraft Pilot Seat" then choose images, you might notice a large number, perhaps majority of them, have a notch cut out of the front of the seat. What is this ...
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What connector standard is used for aviation headsets?

The typical aviation headset features two cords with connectors that at first glance are identical. One is a standard 1/4" (0.25 inch) stereo audio jack. What kind of connector is the slightly ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I get a photo with the pilots?

Could I, as a passenger, get a picture with the pilots in the cockpit before takeoff/after landing? I'm asking specifically about any rules that would deny a passenger into the cockpit. I know this is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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) ...
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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 ...