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Mar 9th 2012 7:04AM You're right on and very good article again. I have been on and off of the 757 and 767 since 1989. In 1990 a Boeing engineer showed up on our flight deck to observe a flight from SEA to DTW. I asked him what he did he told me that he had designed the FMS panel, the panel that lets us input our flight plan and performance information. He wanted to see how we worked with it. I asked him why he wold have designed an alphabetical key pad when most of the pilots knew how to type. His answer, he never asked any of us for our inputs. I suggested the next time he designs something for a pilot to please ask one first. As you probably know the 777 has a typewriter key pad, not that I had anything to do with it. Keep this article going its always great.
Jul 23rd 2009 2:11PM This is the first time I have read your articles but being a retired Capt for NWA and can attest to your accuarcy. The instrument panel you show is a 757 or possibly a 767. Who did or do you work for?