THE LOSS OF DAKOTA A65-2  

Notice in this cluttered cockpit of an early C47 similar to A65-2 that there is no commonality in instrument layout between pilot positions, and that the Artificial Horizon is located not in front of the co-pilot (right seat), but in the centre console.   Not much help to a young man who only had 14 hours in command from the left seat and who, when confronted suddenly by unexpected IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) so low to the ground, would seek the instrument layout with which he was most familiar.   

Compare the picture above with that below of another popular twin engine workhorse, the ubiquitous Boeing 737.   Notice that despite being a more complicated aeroplane, how tidy the cockpit has become and that the flying instrument layout is duplicated over both pilot positions.   This helps enormously with the transition from co-pilots seat to the captains.


Notice in this cluttered cockpit of an early C47 similar to A65-2 that there is no commonality in instrument layout between pilot positions, and that the Artificial Horizon is located not in front of the co-pilot (right seat), but in the centre console. Not much help to a young man who only had 14 hours in command from the left seat and who, when confronted suddenly by unexpected IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) so low to the ground, would seek the instrument layout with which he was most familiar.

Compare the picture above with that below of another popular twin engine workhorse, the ubiquitous Boeing 737. Notice that despite being a more complicated aeroplane, how tidy the cockpit has become and that the flying instrument layout is duplicated over both pilot positions. This helps enormously with the transition from co-pilots seat to the captains.


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