Did you guys even READ the Threadstarter or look at the link?
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What would you say was the most untidy and complicated cockpit you've ever seen? Would you like to fly in it?
He wants our opinions on the most poorly-laid out cockpits, not the one with the most coffee stains, vomit, or bits of paper.
Many Russian and former Warsaw Pact countries' a/c have cockpits laid out more or less like Western-built a/c. By the look of the photos the AN
-12 is not one of them. In the top row of the LH
instrument panel from L-R there is an ASI
, an Altimeter, an Attitude indicator and (interestingly) a VSI/TCAS II
Display, with a second AI
below the VSI/TCAS Display. As for the Radio Operator's station, it all looks very archaic, except that there is what looks to be a Bendix/King KT
76C or KT
78 Transponder and an ICOM Commercial-band Transceiver. Of course most types these days don't even have a separate Radio Operator, but I guess with a layout like that you'd need one. It looks to be a good Communist cockpit, with plenty of work for plenty of people
I have found that generally, the older the a/c the worse the cockpit layout. Types that spring to mind as being pretty poor are the Cessna 310B, Beech Twin Bonanza and just about anything from WWII
I have seen. One more modern type I think would be a bit difficult to fly single-pilot is the Metro II
; not that it is poorly laid out as such, just that it is designed for two-pilot ops.
Monty Python's Flying Circus has nothing to do with aviation, except perhaps for Management personnel.