Monocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2299 times:
In many pictures on A.net, you see the captain or first officer in the a/c waiting for clearance or maintainance workers washing windows with their arms out an open cockpit window. How are the windows in the cockpit opened? And do they lock when the aircraft is in flight? I hope the pilot couldn't slip and press the 'open window' button or something along those lines in cruise... Anyway any and all info is appreciated.
Monocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
Are you talking about the handle above what looks like the tiller on the f/o's side? On a side note, why does the f/o have a tiller anyway? I thought for the most part they were only installed in the right side.
FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Most airliner cockpit windows are opened by a lever (some planes also have a separate lever that locks/unlocks the window) that slides the window rearwards on tracks.The window itself is larger than the opening,it fits into the opening like a plug and pressurization forces it to seat solidly in place.No way will you be able to open these windows in flight if the plane is pressurized!
Unpressurized,they can be opened in flight in emergencies to remove smoke and fumes that may have built up in the cockpit.