Helicopter cockpit presentation[PDF]
Except some minor differences, both helicopter and aeroplane cockpits are very similar.
A typical helicopter cockpit contains:
- 2 Pairs of Antitorque Pedals
- An Overhead control panel
- Instrument panel
- Interseat control panel
As mentioned above helicopter flight instruments, navigation instruments and engine instruments are very similar to airplanes.
The main difference comes with engine instruments like the main gear box (MGB), intermediate gear box (IGB) and terminal gear box (TGB) pressure and temperature indicators.
The RPM gauge of a helcopter is double functional instrument, the short needle marked with letter R and inner circle indicates main rotor RPM; the long needle marked with T and external circle indicates engine turbine RPM. Both have to be in the green area during flight.
There are two types of cockpit design:
Traditional cockpit includes lots of separate instruments. This type requires a lot of pilot attention by cross-checking all the instruments and observering parameters one by one.
A glass cockpit is an aircraft cockpit that features electronic (digital) flight instrument displays, typically large LCD screens, rather than the traditional style of analog dials and gauges. For example, the AS532 and H135.
Depending on the helicopter type, the overhead panel usually includes light, electrical, hydraulic and anti-ice sub-panels.
Depending on the helicopter type, the interseat console usually includes radio, Internal Communication System (ICS), fuel, GPS, Auto Pilot and landing gear sub-panels.
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