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User currently offlinenovember678x From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Hello to all,

Can airline pilots hear or listen to PA announcements from the FA when the cockpit door is closed? Maybe via the audio control panel when the PA volume control is up? I always wondered if pilots could hear details on emergency briefings and gate connections while flying. I also noticed that many FSX add-ons allow you to listen to PA announcements while in flight so I wonder how realistic that is. Any insight into how this works on a real airliner would be appreciated.


Thank you!

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User currently offlineroswell41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 781 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Yes, on the A320 we can listen to all PA's that the flight attendants make. Also, we use the observer audio control panel to record all the PA's from the cabin crew on the CVR.

User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting roswell41 (Reply 1):
Also, we use the observer audio control panel to record all the PA's from the cabin crew on the CVR.

In context, while any cockpit communication including to/from the cabin must be recorded on the CVR, EASA regulations state that cabin-to-cabin communications need not be recorded. Not sure about FAA but I imagine the regs are similar.



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

We can on all types I have flown, but normally don't.

User currently offlineroswell41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 781 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 2):
In context, while any cockpit communication including to/from the cabin must be recorded on the CVR, EASA regulations state that cabin-to-cabin communications need not be recorded. Not sure about FAA but I imagine the regs are similar.

I don't believe that the FAA requires it either. We record it as part of company procedure.


User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1528 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Cockpit can also override the FA on the PA. (Sounds like something from Good Morning Vietnam).

User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4007 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
Cockpit can also override the FA on the PA.

Yes, and we had a 2 hr delay recently because the PA was not working in the cabin, until someone found that the spare ACP in the cockpit had PA selected to transmit. Drrrr.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 5):
Cockpit can also override the FA on the PA.

Priority for any emergency announcements.

Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 6):
Yes, and we had a 2 hr delay recently because the PA was not working in the cabin, until someone found that the spare ACP in the cockpit had PA selected to transmit. Drrrr.

oh oh ...... coffee meet with the crew chief I guess....  
However shouldn't the mike button be pressed to jam.....or was it hotmiked...what type are we talking here.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4007 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
what type are we talking here

It was a B787 actually, but the system is the same on the B777


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