Date: 06 Aug 98 23:22:44 From: Chris Dahler <email@example.com> Organization: http://www.supernews.com, The World's Usenet: Discussions Start Here References: 1 2
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> AFAIK the 764 will get a switchable cockpit layout, either 763 or 777 > configuration. Just like on the 737NG, before you start the flight you > have to choose a configuration. Just as a point of information, the pilot has no direct control over the display format. This is defined by the airline and can be altered by maintenance personnel, but the FAA would never allow the pilots to change the fundamental way the information was presented to them on a whim. For example, on the 737NG at Southwest, the information is presented in a traditional round-dial format (with a pictorial representation of a round altimeter, vertical speed indicator, airspeed indicator, etc) rather than the more advanced tape displays of the altitude and airspeed. The pilots cannot switch the display between one format or another. Southwest's maintenance department could switch the displays, but that would trigger training for the pilots and most likely an FAA-mandated separate fleet type rather than the common fleet they now have.