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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

The stick does not need to move in order for the pilots to sense their inputs! Humans have very accurate force sensors in their fingers, and no direct position sensors. Proprioception provides ...
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What is the purpose of the "Mirror-Thing" over the Mig-29 Cockpit?

Additional details to Marco's selected answer. On the two-seater version, the instructor seat (aft) is not high enough, contrary to other training aircraft, to see the runway. A forward view mirror ...
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Can a few random interaction with cockpit controls result in a crash?

There's a real-life example that seems very similar: Aeroflot 593. The pilots let two children sit in the cockpit while the aircraft was on autopilot. One of the children pushed the control column for ...
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What is this object in the cockpit of an ultralight?

It's an airspeed indicator for ultralights. The pitot inlet is at the bottom and the pitot air pushes a little red plastic disc up and down on a central rod, with a calibrated clearance between the ...
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What are the "spur" devices on this U2 pilot's boots?

These are part of the foot restraint system fitted to the seats used in the SR-71, later U-2 and some Space Shuttles. (They're all derived from the same basic design). The spurs engage in two ball ...
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Why was a flight delayed because of a bird in the cockpit?

Having a small bird in a cockpit, or anywhere on board, would not be a problem during a normal flight because a normal flight should have a wide safety margin. However, a situation can change ...
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Do jet fighters have air conditioning systems?

Yes. Fighter aircraft have air conditioning systems. In general, they are called as Environmental Conditioning Systems (ECS). Their primary functions (as far as cockpit goes) include, Cockpit ...
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Why are cockpit instruments white on black dials?

For night flying the white on black scheme emits probably 1 or 2% of the light that a black on white display does. This will make a very significant difference in cockpit light levels and night vision....
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying?

I don't know where he gets that. Regulation wise there's nothing stopping an airline pilot from listening to music as long as he/she can hear ambient sounds or communications and modern headsets make ...
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Is it true that cockpit doors are bulletproof?

For all air transport operating under 14 CFR 121, 121.313(f) requires a door to be installed between passenger compartment and cockpit. 14 CFR 25.795(a) outlines the relevant design requirements for ...
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What are the "lumps" in the A380 flight-deck?

They are a different design of computer mouse: As far as I can tell, the front disk is a track pad and the model in your picture has the mouse buttons on the front instead of the sides:
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Why does the Dassault Falcon 7X's cockpit have ashtrays?

In the United States, the smoking ban only applies universally to air carriers on scheduled flights. The regulation states §252.4 Smoking ban: air carriers. Air carriers shall prohibit smoking on ...
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Why are some windows in cockpits made openable?

The opening cockpit windows do serve some purpose, like providing an additional means of evacuation during an emergency.* There have been instances where the crew had used the cockpit windows to ...
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Why did Airbus mix "colored light means ON" and "colored light means OFF" in the overhead panel?

The logic for illumination of buttons on the overhead panel is called the dark cockpit concept, previously also called the Forward-Facing Crew Cockpit. It was originally developed by Airbus for the ...
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Identification of this control panel for a four-engine plane

This is almost definitely the cockpit of a Short Stirling of unknown mark, a 4-engine British heavy bomber from World War II. The RAF Museum's website has an (admittedly low-resolution) photo that ...
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Are these two objects in cockpit of Antonov - AN 225 Mriya fans for air? What is their purpose?

They are indeed "Soviet style air conditioning". You will see them in other Eastern-bloc aircraft too. We even had them in the Shorts Skyvan. They are operated by a simple on-off switch and ...
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What is this yellow section around the cockpit window?

You're right. The aft no. 3 fixed window has a reusable retainer with 2 rows of fasteners- one for holding the window glass and another for attaching to the fuselage, as can be seen in this PPG ...
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What is that missing instrument on a Beechcraft 1900C?

Originally there was no instrument at this place, except for UE series with an electrically driven artificial horizon, where there was a fast erect pushbutton/indicator for the copilot gyro. ...
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Are there any legal requirements concerning airline pilots and their watches?

Well, a wristwatch can't be used to sneak around the requirement that IFR requires a clock mounted in the aircraft, FAR 91.205(d)(6). A missing or inoperative clock isn't likely in a modern airliner. ...
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What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

There appear to be conflicting reports of what exactly happened. A relatively detailed one says the pilot has accidentally cut power to the aircraft, while sitting on the tarmac. This has been ...
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What aircraft is shown in this cockpit picture?

I am fairly certain what you're looking at is the cockpit of an SSJ100, it has a similar sidestick layout to Airbus, but it was the window opening mechanism that is quite distinctive. The layout of ...
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Do (did) powered airplanes exist where pilots are not in a seated position?

In the first ones the pilot was rarely sitting. Inspired by ships, some early aviators steered their craft by standing upright: Almost all balloons were and still are flown standing upright. Same ...
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Why does the Boeing 787 have fewer cockpit windows?

It is because of the carbon fibre. This is the same reason that the 787 has bigger passenger windows. Here you can find a link explaining the polarized windows on the 787. Because of its higher ...
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Why was the WWII RAF fighter joy stick loop design not used widely?

A control stick with a loop at the top was called a "Spade Stick". Generally only Hurricanes and Spitfires had them. The cockpits on these aircraft were small and it was a problem for the control ...
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Can diplomats be allowed on the flight deck of a commercial European airline?

Generally, airlines are required to have content in their ops manual clearly stating who is entitled to flight deck access from the point the engines are started until shutdown. In some countries, ...
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Why was a flight delayed because of a bird in the cockpit?

If it's a small bird bedded down quietly under the jumpseat, I don't think I'd worry about it too much. Presuming that you found out about it while up at altitude, the question is, are you safer ...
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