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Paintbrush In The Cockpit?  
User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

Why are there small paintbrushes in the cockpit of the Fokker 70/100 series? You can see them in the picture below on the right and left side of the main windscreen.


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Photo © Farzad Farajpour - Iranian Spotters



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User currently offlineBladeLWS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4208 times:

Do you mean the pen/pencil holders? Many aircraft have these.

User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Uhm, those are pens, and almost every airliner I've been on has those pockets.

User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

We use them for dusting.


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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

I keep a paint brushe in my camera case when I'm hired to photodocument private jets. Electronic cockpits, along with expensive carpets creat much dust. And they should be natural hair...not synthetic...j

User currently offlineFlanders From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

I saw those paintbrushes for the first time in flightsim, so I added a screenshot.
Maybe some joke from the programmer? I don't know...

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/599/paintbrush.jpg


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4111 times:



Quoting Flanders (Reply 5):
I saw those paintbrushes for the first time in flightsim, so I added a screenshot.
Maybe some joke from the programmer? I don't know...

The paint brushes, as mentioned above are used to clean the little areas around the gauges when all the dust and crud build up. As far as the flight sim.. most just take a real picture and convert it into a digital image..yours actually looks like a real picture.



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User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

It's not uncommon on flights over the pond to see flight crews with an easel and palette set up in the cockpit. One time I saw an F/O preboard with a blank canvas and emerge after the flight with a striking Renoir replica.

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User currently offlineBri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Obviously, the flight originated in the USA. The TSA won't allow toothpaste, toothbrushes, or similarly dangerous toiletries through security checkpoints. Clever pilots know that a stiff #3 fan brush and a bit of butter from the in-flight meal can be used to freshen up the dentition.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

Nice Penholders.
Better than placing them on the #2 Window latch [B737] or on the lower panel.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

We used to label them the "anti boredom brush". They gave the crew something to do, and kept the cockpit clean. Idle hands are the Devils workshop you know........  Big grin

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

TUI FLY in Germany (Ex HAPAG) have them as well, on the F/O side. During boring cruise hours the F/O can use the brush to clean away bread crumbs and other debris from the center pedestal.

Jan

[Edited 2009-11-12 14:14:39]

User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
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There might be a spinner that needs a touch-up....

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3498 times:

In the GIV/GV Cruise checklist, it says "Panel Sweep"...the brush is used to just give the panel a quick once-over. Big grin

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1644 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3151 times:
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Quoting Bri2k1 (Reply 8):
Obviously, the flight originated in the USA. The TSA won't allow toothpaste, toothbrushes, or similarly dangerous toiletries through security checkpoints.

The TSA rules allow a 3.2oz tube of toothpaste as part of your allowed 1 quart size ziplock bag of liquids. I do not know any reason for not allowing a toothbrush, as far as I know, it is not on the TSA prohibited list.

On the JetStar, we always had a small paintbrush in the cockpit, usually a 1” wide soft bristle brush for dusting off the instruments and around the switches in the cockpit.

We also carried a few boxes of the number 330 24 volt peanut light bulbs in a storage compartment just behind the cockpit where the oxygen bottles were, each box held 12 bulbs. These are the ones that are used in the eyebrow lights of the analog instruments and the backlighting of the all the instrument, radio and switch panels.

Nighttime is the best time to detect these small burnt out bulbs, so during cruise at night on a boring flight, I would change the bad bulbs be either removing the eyebrow lens cover or unscrewing the socket that held the bulb in the instrument panel to replace the bulbs and it was not uncommon to change over a dozen or more bulbs during the flight. I never did a count, but I would estimate there were over a 150 of these small light bulbs throughout the cockpit.

I think my record on one flight was 21 bulbs changed.

JetStar


User currently offlineAirstairFear From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3145 times:



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 14):
I do not know any reason for not allowing a toothbrush, as far as I know, it is not on the TSA prohibited list.

Aww, I thought Bri's comment was rather funny. (As it was no doubt intended to be.)

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 14):
Nighttime is the best time to detect these small burnt out bulbs, so during cruise at night on a boring flight, I would change the bad bulbs

That actually sounds like a fun way to pass the time, in a twisted sort of way.

Actually why stop there, here's an idea for the LCCs: Why not do maintenance in flight where possible? Or say one could possibly install a new IFE a few rows at a time, without ever having the aircraft out of service.



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User currently offlineBri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3079 times:



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 14):

Yes, it was a joke. Like many pilots and non-pilot travelers, I am quite familiar with what can and cannot be taken through security. For someone who lists"Terror" as one of your hobbies I would have expected a more keen sense of humor. A Fokker 100 flight being operated by an Iranian airline quite obviously did not originate in the US.



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