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Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?  
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3318 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

Just a thought after looking at the L1011,who can claim the largest glass area of a cockpit window on a commerical aircraft?
http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---...ed-L-1011-385-3-TriStar/2110843/L/

That does look pretty good.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21678 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

It's obviously not very big in total area, but by ratio of window size to cockpit size, it would be hard to beat the CJ series:


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I wish they were smaller, actually - it can get awfully bright up at altitude in there.

-Mir



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User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

I gotta say, out of the windows I have changed, the L-1011 was the Largest, and the Front Windsheilds the Heaviest  

[Edited 2012-05-30 12:38:01]

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

How 'bout the side windows of the DC-10/MD-11?
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Those side windows are freakin' huge   



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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):

Just a thought after looking at the L1011,who can claim the largest glass area of a cockpit window on a commerical aircraft?

I'm pretty sure it's the side windows on the 787...that's a flight deck with much more total glass area than a 777 and that area is distributed on 4 windows instead of 6. There are other flight decks with big windows but they're all 6 pane sets, that I can think of.

Tom.


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3318 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5141 times:

Perhaps we have to count the number of cockpit pains of glass,then add up the number of sq inches to get the overall space.  


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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5132 times:


This is cheating a little with the fisheye effect, but still, compared to 737s, these look like picture windows.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1827 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

Yeah the 787 cockpit windows look huge! As there are only 4 of them maybe its natural?

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4633 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 5):
Perhaps we have to count the number of cockpit pains of glass,then add up the number of sq inches to get the overall space.

If that's the case, then I nominate a new winner:


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 Big grin

[Edited 2012-05-31 12:08:56]


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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3318 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 8):

now, that is "a room with a view"  



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User currently offlineCM From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

This is one of those instances where this was probably not the exact right question to ask. When a flight deck is designed, window size is a fall-out of pilot vision requirements. There are flight decks with very large glass (measured in area), which provide less pilot visibility than flight decks with smaller windows, but which are designed with a better flight deck layout. A huge factor is how far the pilots eyes are located forward in the cockpit. Older airplanes tended to have the pilot seat mounted further aft from the windows, which made a significant impact on what could actually be seen outside, sometimes even in flight decks with very large windows. The graphic below is an illustration of how flight deck windows are evaluated for the vision they offer the pilot, measured in degrees. If you had this for multiple aircraft, you could make a very relevant comparison, determining which aircraft offered its flight crew the best visibility from the flight deck.

Captain's Vision


The right question to ask is probably "What aircraft offers the best flight deck visibility?"


User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3625 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4477 times:
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this thread reminds me of old work days when the motto was "keep changing the question until it matches the answer i have.."

So we have three questions
1) which cockpit has the biggest single sheet of glass
2) which commercial cockpit has the most glass area
3) which has the best pilot visibility

unfortunately I don't have an answer but am waiting for someone who does


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4062 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 11):
3) which has the best pilot visibility

Among jetliners it probably was the L-1011. That aircraft had a reputation for superb visibility from the cockpit.


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