Flanders
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Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:47 pm

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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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:08 am

Do you mean the pen/pencil holders? Many aircraft have these.
 
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:15 am

Uhm, those are pens, and almost every airliner I've been on has those pockets.
 
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:27 am

We use them for dusting.
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:35 am

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
 
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:36 am

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...

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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:06 am



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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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:19 pm

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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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:32 pm

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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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:17 pm

Nice Penholders.
Better than placing them on the #2 Window latch [B737] or on the lower panel.
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:08 pm

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
 
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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:13 pm

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.

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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:03 am

There might be a spinner that needs a touch-up....

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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:43 am

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

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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:40 pm



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.

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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:19 pm



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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RE: Paintbrush In The Cockpit?

Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:57 pm



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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