YHMYYZspotter
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Airline Cockpit Question

Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:42 pm

Here is a fun little question that has always bugged me.


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In the picture above, the picture of the day. How does a pilot get in and out of the chair??? I have never been inside a cockpit so I really don't know the dimensions of them or how cramped they are, but from the looks of this one. It seems to me like you would need some good balancing and athletic skills to climb into that chair. Do they slide out and then you get in them? Or do you climb over the centre console? Has any pilot out there ever hit any buttons by accident when trying to climb in and out? And what would happen then?

Also what is that piece of paper they have what looks like to be taped to the panel just below the artificial horizon to the right of the seat? Any ideas? Is that covering something they don't want to turn on/off?

Thanks all for your time
 
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:49 pm

In most airplanes of airline category that I've been in the jumpseat of or have actually played a bit in the sims, the seat will have an electric motor to move it forward/backward and sideways. So from the Capt. seat it should move back and to the left, toward the side windscreen, allowing room to do their best balancing act to get in and out of the seat.

As for the paper, looks like a clipboard that in Boeings that is attached to the yoke for writing, has some checklist items on it I believe but more so for clipping a chart to. I would believe Airbus is similar but not sure what is attached to as there is no yoke.
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:09 am

Hello,

My fellow Houstonian has pretty much summed it up. In CO 757's my captain's seat slides back and to the left. During flight, our seats are pretty tight in there. After this it is quite easy to get in and out.

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Seat during flight:

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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:21 am

Nice! So that answers my question.  Smile

I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot? What happens to the planes movements?
 
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:31 am

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Reply 3):
I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot?

Then the First puts them on probation for the rest of the trip!  Smile

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My fellow Houstonian

Thats right......keep it working hard n flying right in the H-Town!
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:01 am

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Reply 3):
I have another question after looking at those pics. What happens if while the Captain is getting into the seat or vise versa he kicks the Yoke or the throttle while the plane is on auto pilot? What happens to the planes movements?

Nothing really... Maybe a little movement, but really none. Throttles are locked while AutoThrottle is engaged.

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 4):
keep it working hard n flying right in the H-Town!

Will do! Another 8 years till the canons for me.  Smile
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:46 am

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 5):
Another 8 years till the canons for me.

Oh man....l only have to make it 4+9 months and change till I am released from my current sentencing!  checkeredflag  As one of my pals say, and yes he is one of your company kids..."please let the dream continue for another 5 yrs, I promise I'll quit"
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:52 am

Am I correct in observing that in the 2nd picture Cpt. and F/O are not wearing their headsets over their ears? If so, why is that?


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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:13 am

They probably have them over the outside ears. This way they can hear radio transmissions and talk to each other without bothering with the intercom.
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:20 am

Quoting Doug_Or (Reply 8):
They probably have them over the outside ears. This way they can hear radio transmissions and talk to each other without bothering with the intercom.

Sounds like a good guess.

I've never seen guys wearing earpieces on both ears. They just wear them on the outer ear (closest to their respective window) and then they can chat it up. It's really not necessary considering how quiet most cockpits are designed...unless you fly an ERJ  Smile
 
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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:41 am

Usually the seats slide back and forth on metal tracks.

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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:41 pm

The 1715 looks like the flight number. NWA1715. Our crews also write it in big on a post it and display it somewhere prominent in the glare-shield... When dealing with a variety of flight numbers every day one can forget what the current one is...

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RE: Airline Cockpit Question

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:01 pm

Quoting YHMYYZspotter (Thread starter):
Also what is that piece of paper they have what looks like to be taped to the panel just below the artificial horizon to the right of the seat? Any ideas? Is that covering something they don't want to turn on/off?

That paper covers the "wings fall off/wings stay on" switch so that the wings fall off position is not inadvertently selected.

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