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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any passenger aircraft with no cabin access to/from the cockpit?

Most passenger aircraft (airliners and business aircraft) have an internal door or doorway connecting the cockpit area to the main cabin; are there passenger aircraft where there is a solid partition ...
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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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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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Is it possible to play music in the cockpit?

I was wondering that if a pilot's flight had been delayed or a pilot had nothing to do, would it be possible for a pilot to play music in the cockpit?
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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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Why do the A220 cockpit seats have a cutout?

Why do cockpit seats on the A220 have a cutout on the bottom cushion? The answers to Aircraft pilot's seats: what is the notch for? explain that these cutouts allow for easier maneuverability of 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 the non-projected cross-hair for on the F-18 HUD?

Top right, there's a little cross-hair - it looks like it's for lining something up, since on the second pane there's a little dot. I haven't seen this on any other HUDs. Appears to be present on all ...
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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 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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How can I get a ride in the jump seat as a non-professional pilot?

A couple of years ago, I had a strong fear of flying. Now, I really enjoy it. In fact, it is a dream of mine to sit in the jumpseat of an A320 during takeoff. I've had a handful of flying lessons. ...
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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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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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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 would pilots get special cups?

This Reddit post shows a picture of a disposable cup that is labeled specifically for use by pilots only: Is that seriously a thing? If so, why? There's some explanation in that discussion thread ...
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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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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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Are there any standards on the dimensions of PFD symbols?

Are there industry standards on dimensions of PFD symbologies like heading, airspeed and altitude? I want to design a 15 inch screen and wonder if there are any standards or regulations regarding the ...
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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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Is there a Cockpit Video Recorder?

Often we hear about Cockpit Voice Recorders, but are there video recorders?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the backup for a glass cockpit, if a plane loses power to the displays/controls?

I'm assuming there is still power to the rest of the plane - maybe it's an unrealistic scenario.
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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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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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Cockpit vs Flight Deck?

Is there a distinction between a cockpit and a flight deck on an aircraft, or are the terms interchangeable? Boeing refers to the flight deck The new Flight-Deck Displays and Airbus refers to the ...