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User currently offlineYHMYYZspotter From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 197 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Here is a fun little question that has always bugged me.


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In the picture above, the picture of the day. How does a pilot get in and out of the chair??? I have never been inside a cockpit so I really don't know the dimensions of them or how cramped they are, but from the looks of this one. It seems to me like you would need some good balancing and athletic skills to climb into that chair. Do they slide out and then you get in them? Or do you climb over the centre console? Has any pilot out there ever hit any buttons by accident when trying to climb in and out? And what would happen then?

Also what is that piece of paper they have what looks like to be taped to the panel just below the artificial horizon to the right of the seat? Any ideas? Is that covering something they don't want to turn on/off?

Thanks all for your time

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

In most airplanes of airline category that I've been in the jumpseat of or have actually played a bit in the sims, the seat will have an electric motor to move it forward/backward and sideways. So from the Capt. seat it should move back and to the left, toward the side windscreen, allowing room to do their best balancing act to get in and out of the seat.

As for the paper, looks like a clipboard that in Boeings that is attached to the yoke for writing, has some checklist items on it I believe but more so for clipping a chart to. I would believe Airbus is similar but not sure what is attached to as there is no yoke.



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User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Hello,

My fellow Houstonian has pretty much summed it up. In CO 757's my captain's seat slides back and to the left. During flight, our seats are pretty tight in there. After this it is quite easy to get in and out.

Seat slid out:

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Seat during flight:

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User currently offlineYHMYYZspotter From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

Nice! So that answers my question.  Smile

I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot? What happens to the planes movements?


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Reply 3):
I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot?

Then the First puts them on probation for the rest of the trip!  Smile

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 2):
My fellow Houstonian

Thats right......keep it working hard n flying right in the H-Town!



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User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Reply 3):
I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot? What happens to the planes movements?

Nothing really... Maybe a little movement, but really none. Throttles are locked while AutoThrottle is engaged.

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 4):
keep it working hard n flying right in the H-Town!

Will do! Another 8 years till the canons for me.  Smile



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 5):
Another 8 years till the canons for me.

Oh man....l only have to make it 4+9 months and change till I am released from my current sentencing!  checkeredflag  As one of my pals say, and yes he is one of your company kids..."please let the dream continue for another 5 yrs, I promise I'll quit"



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User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Am I correct in observing that in the 2nd picture Cpt. and F/O are not wearing their headsets over their ears? If so, why is that?


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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

They probably have them over the outside ears. This way they can hear radio transmissions and talk to each other without bothering with the intercom.


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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2791 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Quoting Doug_Or (Reply 8):
They probably have them over the outside ears. This way they can hear radio transmissions and talk to each other without bothering with the intercom.

Sounds like a good guess.

I've never seen guys wearing earpieces on both ears. They just wear them on the outer ear (closest to their respective window) and then they can chat it up. It's really not necessary considering how quiet most cockpits are designed...unless you fly an ERJ  Smile


User currently offlineDeltaJet757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Usually the seats slide back and forth on metal tracks.

-DeltaJet757



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User currently offlineSB From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

The 1715 looks like the flight number. NWA1715. Our crews also write it in big on a post it and display it somewhere prominent in the glare-shield... When dealing with a variety of flight numbers every day one can forget what the current one is...

S.



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User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Thread starter):
Also what is that piece of paper they have what looks like to be taped to the panel just below the artificial horizon to the right of the seat? Any ideas? Is that covering something they don't want to turn on/off?

That paper covers the "wings fall off/wings stay on" switch so that the wings fall off position is not inadvertently selected.


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