Re: Sterile Cockpit ????

From:         Pete Mellor <>
Date:         21 Oct 96 13:31:40 
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> What is the "sterile cockpit" rule.  Something to do with vasectomies?

I believe that the electrically powered seat mover in the cockpit
of the 747 does not have a safety stop for forward movement, with
the result that a careless pilot might make painful contact with
the control column, a feature which has earned the 747 the nickname
"ball-breaker". :-)

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, Northampton
Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK. Tel: +44 (171) 477-8422, Fax: +44 (171) 477-8585