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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 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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Where is the F-4 Phantom II's flap lever?

I'm trying to fly this fighter for the first time in X-Plane 11 but I can't seem to find the flap lever in the cockpit. Where is it on the real plane?
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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 ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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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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Why is there a cutout in the pilot seat (looking as if it had separate “legs”)? [duplicate]

Why is there a gap in the seat (between the legs)? What function does it have?
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Which instruments are assigned to Pilot Flying and Pilot Not Flying in the various flight stages?

Is there a document which highlights the responsibilities of the Pilot Flying and the Pilot Not Flying? Specifically, I want to find out what instruments are assigned to whom in all the stages of ...
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Why are the Convair 880's yokes shaped differently from each other?

Looking at this picture of a Convair 880's flight deck... (Image originally by the San Diego Air & Space Museum at Flickr, via Wikimedia Commons) ...the captain's and first officer's control ...
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What is the correct procedure for operating the engine fire extinguishers on an ATR72?

I am developing an application for airport fire crew and ground staff. Part of the application is to familiarize users with emergency procedures of various aircraft. I have a few questions about the ...
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What Makes G1000 NXi Different From G1000?

The new displays are installed on the brand new Cessna aircraft and upgrade plans are ready. But what is the difference from the G1000 that was there from the early 2000s? Is the tablet/phone ...
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What are these engine gauges in the Comet 4 for?

What are these gauges on the Comet 4's engine-gauge panel (between the captain's and first officer's instruments, above the throttle levers), marked "POWER LOSS INDICATOR", for? (Sorry for the blurry ...
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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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F-16: MAIN PWR ticking sound, what is it?

What is that sound that starts when MAIN PWR switch is turned on in the F-16? Its sorta like a fast ticking sound. Why is it there, what makes it, when does it stop? And is it also there when only ...
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How are these flywheel-like devices used in the Boeing 737 Max? [duplicate]

The recent news video CNN's exclusive look inside a Boeing 737 Max simulator shows a 737 Max simulator cockpit. There are a pair of what look like large black flywheels on the console, shown spinning ...
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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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Why does the F-4's rear seat have a weather scope eyepiece?

In the front seat. The pilot has a flat screen radar scope that shows both the planes and the weather. But on the rear seat. The weather scope has an giant eyepiece. Perhaps glare protection? (...
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What is the purpose of this item next to the cockpit window on the B737?

Hello does anybody know what the purpose of this odd looking shape is
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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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Redundancy in Integrated modules avionics [closed]

What kind of hardware redundancy is used in integrated modules avionics based architecture for EFIS displays running on a single processor? My question is specific to redundancy of display hardware ...
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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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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 are the throttle levers for the Comet's outboard engines shaped funny?

The throttle levers for the Comet's outboard (#1 and #4) engines are weirdly shaped, with flanges that extend up and partially over the throttle levers for the inboard (#2 and #3) engines: (Image ...
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What's the mechanical 'whoosh, whoosh' sound in this video?

Sound in question comes right after the warning sound at 22:57.
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What do “azimuth window” and “compass switch” refer to in this accident report?

I recently read the accident report on BEA 548, but I'm unsure of some technical terms used on p. 4 of the report (p. 14 of the linked PDF): Apart from the probability that in the particular ...
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Why apply resolutons in data words for ARINC 429 bus

Data words transported over the ARINC 429 bus are defined and built-in units, ranges, refresh rates, number of significant bits, and resolution. Why is it necessary to include resolution? Does ...
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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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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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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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Why do modern fighter aircraft still use transparent canopies instead of cameras feeding imagery to screens?

The F-35 loves to boast about the HUD letting pilots see 'through' the aircraft, but I was wondering why they even have a transparent canopy instead of embedding the pilot deep in the fuselage like ...
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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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Can an airline order a 777 with 787 flight deck avionics?

So an airline orders a 777, but instead of the cockpit in that, they request the 787 cockpit installed in their 777, is this even doable?
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How are insects and arachnids kept out of commercial passenger airliners?

If a commercial passenger airliner were to land in a place infested with insects or arachnids, wouldn't it be dangerous to have those animals enter the aircraft? For example, suppose if mosquitoes, ...
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Why are fuel pump switches separate?

Since engines are run only when the fuel pumps are on and vice versa , why are there separate switches for this? Why can't it be automated ?
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What is that A340 cockpit panel on the glareshield?

I want to know the panel's name and how it works. This picture is an Iberia Airbus A340-600
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Where is the radio PTT button on a Robinson R22 helicopter?

I have some combination of joysticks and a rudder that I'm trying to use for helicopter flight simulation on my PC. Where is the radio PTT button on a Robinson R22 helicopter?
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Can the pilot stop airflow between cockpit and cabin?

During normal operation the entire fuselage is pressurized equally: An aircraft fuselage does not contain separate compartments with different pressure values in each. The entire vessel is ...
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Can audible warnings be heard from the cabin?

When I fly in the front row on an all-economy A320, I can very clearly hear the autopilot disconnect sound shortly before landing. Can passengers in the cabin also hear other warnings like EGPWS (...
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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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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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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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What is the theory of the ram's horn yoke? [duplicate]

Embraer tend to use a Ram's Horn yoke in the Phenom and many of their RJ aircraft: And Cessna uses a more standard yoke with vertical sides: What is Embraer's reasoning for the Ram's Horn Yoke? Are ...
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What are the unique shapes of the weapons control switches in a F-14?

In his answer to the question Muscle memory for weapons systems? Michael Hall mentioned "'blind fold cockpit checks'... (learning to) locate certain switches by feel, reinforcing muscle memory to both ...
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How efficient would it be to have a plane with the cockpit in the back?

Would it be efficient to have a passenger planes cockpit move to the back of the plane, rather than the front? What I have in mind is cameras on the fuselage and nosecone that connects to the cockpit ...
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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 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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Are there a toilet and (small) kitchen in the Su-34?

It seems that there are a toilet and small kitchen in the Su-34. The Su-34 is a medium range fighter-bomber with a range of action of 4000km able to transport 8 tons of bombs and missile. I know that ...
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Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16?

Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16? Please share a picture with the panel if you can.
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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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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 ...