SXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2003 posts, RR: 19 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7691 times:
This Is NOT a question about the eyebrow windows, I figure I'd clarify that one!
I have noticed this on a lot of Boeing 737's in which the cockpit window which the Pilots sit near, always have maps, or what not on the windowsill, and I always wondered why is it on the 737 and I even believe that some of the 727s and 707s had the same feature let me show you some examples:
Basically, most commercial airliners have built in clip board clamps on the window sills. This is what is most probably holding the paperwork you see on the 737. You can see these clips in the following photos.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7498 times:
Look closely at the bottom right photo from JetMech's links and you can see the clipboard on the very left and right edges of the 737 cockpit photo. No room or strength of spring-clip will hold the small binder (normally called a "trip book") used to hold the charts needed for the trip the pilot is currently flying. Numerous AA pilots have tried to modify their trip book so it will stay in place in that location, but most simply pull out the pages they'll need and clip them to the clipboard. The space behind the clipboard is nearly perfect for holding a 1" Jepp binder. It is convienent and pretty secure place so that's why you so often see papers & charts, etc. stored there.
Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 4): On B767 and B757 there is a fold down clip board just fwd and below the DV window.
The 757 has a fold-open clipboard where you open the clipboard and it has a small ledge on the bottom that will support the trip book. Just need a small spring clip to hold everything in place. Loved that feature. Unfortunately, AA's 767s did not come with that option so most pilots simply placed their trip book on top of their kit bag. Since it could be read in place, there was no need to keep it on the window sill behind the clipboard.
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