All About Aircraft Cockpit and its Components

At the very first glance, the cockpit of an aircraft may seem like complex or daunting technology. While an intricate system to control the aircraft’s rotation, center of gravity, and direction is certainly necessary, the system, when learned and written into muscle memory, is certainly manageable for pilots. The cockpit of each aircraft is made similarly enough so that when a pilot enters the cockpit of a new aircraft, they can recognize the basic and most important components. 

Ignition Control

Like with automobiles that need a key or key fob to start the ignition, most aircraft are in need of a certain trigger to ramp up the ignition control. Smaller aircraft differ from larger commercial aircraft in that the small aircraft usually need an actual “key”, while the latter can be done in the startup procedures with a series of switches capable of starting up the small APU aircraft cockpits, its design and integration model. detailed content on cockpit. Some older aircraft models will require the use of a lever during the ignition process.

Yoke and Side Stick

The steering wheel of the aircraft is called the yoke of the plane. The yoke is responsible for helping the pilot move the plane up, down, left, and right, and also for controlling the roll and pitch of the plane. Yokes are mostly seen on fixed wing aircraft. They can take the shape of either a U or W, though there have been a few variations with M or “ram-shaped” controls. Some aircraft utilize a side stick instead of a yoke. This placement allows for a larger instrument display and is more lightweight than a traditional yoke. Some pilots prefer them over more traditional forms of controls.

Flap Handle

Pilots can find a flap control switch on the instrument panel if they are operating a small airplane that was produced from the late 1970’s. Typically, it is colored white and placed horizontal to the cockpit, and sometimes it’s even shaped like a small flap. Placed next to the throttle, the flap handle allows the plot to increase lift as well as drag. The flap handle parts are mostly used during takeoff, approach, and landing.



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March 18, 2021

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