Imagine showing up at the airport to catch your flight, looking at your plane, and noticing that instead of windows, the cockpit is now a smooth cone of aluminum.
It may seem like the worst case of quality control in history, but Airbus argues that this could be the airliner of the future. In a new US patent application, the EU aircraft consortium outlines a new cockpit design that replaces the traditional cockpit with one that uses 3D view screens instead of conventional windows.
There’s a reason why cockpits are traditionally in the nose of a plane – not the least of which is the pilot being able to see where they’re going. In addition to flying, being up front provides a clear view forward and downward for landing and taxiing. That’s all very useful, but it does tend to ruin the aerodynamics of the aircraft’s nose, which would ideally be lancet shaped. As aircraft have grown larger and more complicated, the nose has come to also include the radome, crew rest area and the front landing gear, and the current cockpit design reflects this.
Another problem is that aerospace engineers hate windows.
The Latest on: Windowless cockpit
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The Latest on: Windowless cockpit
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- Aisle, Middle ... Or Video? Emirates President Predicts Windowless Planes Are Comingon June 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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