a flight deck is the landing area on an aircraft carrier. i love to say "Merry Christmas from the cockpit" when i have to work on Christmas! i wonder when cockpit became non PC......is it because the first four letter spell cock?
I heard an interesting story once about the origin of the word ‘cockpit’. Apparently one of the Kings of England (cant remember which one) was into the hobby of rooster fighting. He spent quite a bit of time in the ‘cock pits’. It was a running joke that the England empire was run from the ‘cock pits’. Some how that made its was into aviation. Not sure if its true but that’s a funny story I heard.
Gotta love the control column yolk. That thing between your legs for 8 hr plus legs. When is Boeing going to get a clue and go with a side stick? I'd take a Bus for comfort every day of the week and twice on Sundays. It's all about forward progess. Just look at the avionics. But hey, for those who are nostalgic, it's got the control wheel just like the B-17's made in the late 30's! Rah Rah Boeing!
"We got your prime pilots that get all the hot planes, and we got your pud-knockers who dream about getting the hot planes".
Yeah, get that friggin EGG yolk out of my lap! Those things are reserved for brunch and Halloween with teenagers!
Seriously, if you're going to bitch about a control scheme at least have the common sense to get the terminology right.
It's a YOKE, fercrissakes, as in the yokes used to guide work animals in the past.
And I for one am all aboard the yoke-between-my-legs bandwagon. A yoke between my legs means that the airplane does what I want; a sidestick means that some Frog progammer has decided what the airplane will do when I command a certain input.
"Cockpit" dosn't have anything to do with cock fights. It's where the Cockswain used to stand duty on ships.
And I don't think having the yoke between your legs in the 787 will make the airplane go where you want it to go more than an Airbus, the 787 is fly-by-wire. Kind of like keeping the flight engineer on the DC-9. No reason to do it, but hey, that's the way they've always done it.
I like to think of Boeing like General Motors in the 1970s, not updating their cars because no matter what they put out, people bought them. Then Toyota showed up and pimp-slapped them with new and efficient designs.
For Chrissakes, the temperature control system I saw on a brand-new B737 was straight out of 1950--it was used on the B707! The 757s are better, but there are a lot of holdover parts and design flaws that do stem from FIFTY YEARS AGO.