Questions tagged [glass-cockpit]

A cockpit featuring electronic/digital instrument displays.

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Why does the speed tape on the Lockheed U-2 go the opposite way?

I found this clip online that shows the speed tape on the Lockheed U-2 going what I perceive is the opposite direction to the 'normal' convention. On most aircraft, the higher values are above and so ...
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Why is it hard to see G1000 with sunglasses?

I got checked out in the G1000 172 at my flight school just so I could schedule to fly when the two steam gauge 172s were booked. I'm very impressed by the G1000, but I can't wear sunglasses when I ...
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Is it possible to land a plane only with the Garmin® Synthetic Vision?

A synthetic vision system shows the pilot the position of his plane in a 3D-modelled flight environment. It's like a 3D TAWS. It also shows the position on the runway: As I have seen, this feature ...
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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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What is the difference between Turn Coordinator and Artificial Horizon?

I was reading this question about Turn Coordinator and Artificial Horizon, and now I want to understand the differences between those two components. What is the main difference between Turn ...
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What is the history of glass cockpits?

All glass cockpits seem to have the same basic setup for the primary instruments. Altitude tape on the right, air speed tape on the left, turn coordinator on top and an artificial horizon in the ...