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User currently offlineSvenvdM From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

Hi everybody,

I was wondering why some airlines have cockpit headrests installed and others don't. Take for example the 747-400. Here are two shots without headrests (JAL & KLM):


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Photo © Miguel Snoep



And here's a shot with headrests:


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Photo © Craig Murray



The same goes for classic 747's. No headrests on this Corsair 747-300:


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Photo © Tommy Mogren / Viking Slides



Whereas this LH 747-200 does feature them:


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Photo © Vasco Garcia




Do some airlines want to prevent their pilots from falling asleep? Or is there a better explanation?

Sven



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User currently offlineBryston From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 971 times:

I don't know for headrests, but why does pilot seats are allways covered with a sheepskin ??? Does it is better than, lets says, leather? Does it is just for traditionnal reasons?? Couldn't they get some seats covered with new synthetic material, non flammable, which breathes, which doesn't keep to much warm, that keeps dry, etc....

Bryston



I'd rather be flying...
User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 946 times:

I don't know about the headrests (but it was a very interesting question) but I think pilots find the sheepskin very comfy. It is soft, warm etc..

tg 747-300



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User currently offlineSvenvdM From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 916 times:

I'm sure that somebody must know the answer!

User currently offlineCALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 998 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months ago) and read 910 times:

I'm sorry, the answer is as simple as costs. It's a option just like on a car. Do you want to pay for it or not?

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6533 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 897 times:

We have not had headrests on our 744s for years, but in the past few months, they have been installed on both control seats. They were excluded originally for cost reasons, but brought back for safety reasons. (I understand that cars have to have them by law.). The two jumpseats do not have them yet, unless you are on a freighter, or B-HOW.

They are nice, as I can lean my head against it on those long dark nights across the Pacific.


User currently offlineSvenvdM From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 882 times:

Cost? Really? That's interesting considering how much expensive equipment is installed on such a plane. One wouldn't think that two simple pieces of foamy material will bust an airline's budget.
Afterall, if I were the pilot on a 12-hour flight or even on a 6-hour flight I'd very much like a headrest. Not to fall asleep but simply to support my head...

Sven


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1907 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 861 times:

Cockpit seats are manufactured by different manufacturers for the same aircraft type. Delta's 757's and 762's share the same seats while our 763's and ER's have the same seats. Our Gulf Air planes had another type altogether........


It's not going to the Moon.....It's just going to California
User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 858 times:

What is being referred to as "headrests" should more appropriately be referred to as head "restraints".

The big problem is that owners think of the device as a "rest"; users realize the device as a "restraint".

That's all I can say about that.

Best Regards,

Buff


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