Top 10 Most Beautiful Aircraft Cockpits

senne Senne Vandenputte   /   May 10, 2016   /   1   /   4 min read  /  4k   /

Top 10 Most Beautiful Aircraft Cockpits

Since we love lists, here's another one! This time, we'll show you our top 10 of the most beautiful aircraft cockpits. If we forgot any awesome flight decks, feel free to add them in the comments!

#1 - Cessna C510 Citation Mustang

With its integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite, this aircraft cockpit is made for an easy transition from other aircraft using the system. It takes a lot of the workload from the pilots' shoulders and even allows the airplane to be flown single-pilot. The flight deck consists of two 10.4 inch PFD screens (Primary Flight Display) that display essential flight information to the pilot(s). Between those two PFD's, there's an even bigger 15-inch MFD screen (Multi-Function Display) that displays a variety of other flight information like a moving map, engine information etc. Apart from the PFD's and MFD, the panel is equipped with Garmin audio panels, the Garmin single remote flight management panel, FMS keypad and standby airspeed and attitude indicators. 

Cessna C510 Citation Mustang cockpit
Rob Baak/Airliners.net

#2 - Icon A5 amphibious light sport airplane

The Icon A5 cockpit has more resemblance with the interior of a sports car than with that of an airplane, but it looks awesome. A simple, intuitive avionics system with analog gauges, a state-of-the-art GPS ad simple controls, make this cockpit extremely user-friendly and easy to use.

If you want to learn more about this awesome little airplane, I recommend you read our article about it, Boys and their toys: the Icon A5

Icon A5 cockpit
Icon Aircraft

#3 - Cirrus SR22

One of the most well-known single engine piston airplanes, the Cirrus SR22, has a modern looking glass cockpit with just two perfectly positioned Garmin Perspective displays and three standby instruments in front of the pilots. A sidestick on the left and audio and GPS control panels on the right give the pilot a comfortable flying experience with all necessary information, switches and handles within perfect reach. 

Cirrus SR22 cockpit
Flying Magazine

#4 - Airbus A380 

The Airbus A380 flight deck, an impressive piece of modern cockpit technology. With 10 screens, displaying important flight information, engine parameters, terrain and even exterior camera feeds, the A380 pilots have all the information they need at their fingertips while flying the biggest commercial airliner in the world.

Airbus A380 cockpit
Alex Beltyukov

#5 - Eurocopter EC-130

A spacious and modular cabin that seats 6 to 8 people, including 1 pilot who flies the helicopter from the left seat. In front of him, the pilot has a beautifully designed avionics panel with a combination of analogue gauges and glass screens.

Eurocopter EC130 cockpit
Johannes Mueller

Eurocopter EC130 cockpit
Jay Miller/vtol.org

#6 - Embraer Phenom 100E

Like we are used from the Embraer Executive jets series, the avionics in the Phenom 100E cockpit are really in a class of their own. Providing the pilots - or pilot, since the airplane can also be flown single-pilot - with a glass cockpit with large displays, enhanced situational awareness and state-of-the-art avionics to reduce the workload. Due to the lack of an overhead panel, the number of switches and buttons in the cockpit is reduced to a minimum. Together with a smart system automation that reduces pilot's checklists, this helps the pilot when flying the jet single-pilot. 

Phenom 100E cockpit
Embraer

#7 - Modern gliders

Cockpits of modern gliders have evolved to become simple, modern, elegant and practical, displaying all important information to the pilot trying to get the best out of himself and the glider he's flying.

ASG29 modern glider cockpit
Roman Mracek

#8 - Pilatus PC-12

Seen by many as the ultimate single engine aircraft, this workhorse provides its pilots and passengers with power, performance, luxury and most of all, fun. Being able to land take-off from almost every runway, even in the most remote areas on the planet, the PC-12 is the dream airplane of many pilots. Real Swiss craftsmanship.

Pilatus PC12 cockpit
Pilatus Aircraft 

#9 - Boeing B-29 Superfortress

With only a few of them still airworthy, this historical airplane's cockpit is too awesome not to be added to this top 10. Old but gold as they say.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

#10 - Dassault Falcon 8X

The Dassault Falcon 8X is equipped with Dassault's EASy cockpit system, providing the pilots with four 14.1-inch screens, displaying clearly all information from aircraft sensors affecting systems, communications, navigation and flight management. 

According to their website, "EASy is Dassault’s philosophy implemented on the hardware platform of Honeywell's Primus Epic system. Dassault and Honeywell worked closely together on the project. As the primary system architect, we concentrated on achieving a new type of man-machine interface, one that is both highly intuitive and interactive. This is a vital key to improving situational awareness." 

Dassault Falcon 8X cockpit
Dassault 

Which aircraft cockpits do you like the most? Let us know in the comment section!

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About the author

senne

Senne Vandenputte

As a 22-year-old Belgian Business Management student, web designer, glider pilot, aviation blogger and founder of Hangar.Flights, Senne is passionate about aviation. He started gliding at age 14 and flew his first solo at 15. Now, he spends his time writing about aviation, creating and designing things, traveling, studying and of course, flying.

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1 comments
pilotmiguel21

pilotmiguel21 one year ago

loved all of these! The B-29 is awesome! The cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars is inspired by it!

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