Starlionblue wrote:The 330/340 cockpit is significantly quieter than the 777. The 350 is quieter than the 330/340, but since it is wider you seem to have to speak at the same volume anyway.
There's even talk of permanent hearing loss among 777 crews.
CARST wrote:I always read that the 707/727/737 cockpit was one of the loudest cockpits ever, mainly due to the high wind sounds and no real insulation. Now hearing the 777 is also that loud it gives the impression Boeing didn't care so much about the pilots' ears in the past.
How is that today? How does the 787 compare to 777/A330/A340/A350?
achutchison wrote:That's what I'd figure. The 330 is so quiet in the cabin it has to be amazing in the cockpit. I recall a klm pilot saying they could hear passing airplanes 1,000 feet overhead! So I take it the 350 is the quietest modern cockpit in the skies?
Starlionblue wrote:When you extend or retract the gear though, the 350 is hella loud! Sounds like bits of the plane are being ripped off together with some loud thumps.
gloom wrote:Starlionblue wrote:When you extend or retract the gear though, the 350 is hella loud! Sounds like bits of the plane are being ripped off together with some loud thumps.
There are passengers in cabin who claim the same on flaps extension/retraction. Possibly an effect of low overall noise, that gear/flaps seem so loud.
PS. On one of my trips, 777 first leg, A350 second, I had a chance to compare. Yes, A350 is WAY quieter, except for takeoff, when engine "roar" sound is quite distinct.
767333ER wrote:One thing I have noticed about the A330 is that the cockpit seems narrower than the A320.
thepinkmachine wrote:I remember reading that sidestick-to-thrustlever width (i.e. the working space for the pilot) is exactly the same in all Airbii.
Main difference for me is that in the A330 the proper seat position seems lower than in the 320. Perhaps the glare shield is taller, or windscreen position is different. After all it is an A300 nose. The A320 seating position was actually more comfortable, with better forward view.
My impression with the 350 is that the cockpit is waaaay wider, though probably pilots working area is the same. As for the noise, haven't felt much difference, except for the nosewheel souds - it's bloody annoying and gives an impression of a smaller and less solid airplane than the 350 really is.
Starlionblue wrote:767333ER wrote:One thing I have noticed about the A330 is that the cockpit seems narrower than the A320.
Maybe from the outside. While there isn't much difference where the pilots sit, it is much wider at the back.
If you're in the seat, it is actually hard to tell the difference at first glance. The giveaway is the landing gear lights in a row on the 320, while they're in a triangle on the 330. Also the APU fire button is between the engine fire buttons on the 320, while it is on a separate panel on the 330. (On the 350 the button is between the engine ones again.)
trnswrld wrote:Interesting topic. So I wonder why the big differences. Does it really just come down to aerodynamics or cockpit insulation, or a combination of both I assume?
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