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Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 5:54 pm

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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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 6:55 pm

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.

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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 6:56 pm

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

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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 7:12 pm

How 'bout the side windows of the DC-10/MD-11?
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 7:34 pm

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.

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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 8:13 pm

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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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Wed May 30, 2012 8:16 pm


This is cheating a little with the fisheye effect, but still, compared to 737s, these look like picture windows.
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Thu May 31, 2012 5:37 pm

Yeah the 787 cockpit windows look huge! As there are only 4 of them maybe its natural?
 
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Thu May 31, 2012 7:08 pm

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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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Thu May 31, 2012 7:41 pm

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 8):

now, that is "a room with a view"  
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:22 am

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.

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The right question to ask is probably "What aircraft offers the best flight deck visibility?"
 
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:33 am

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
 
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RE: Who Has The Biggest Cockpit Window?

Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:36 am

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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