What’s going on in the flight deck before departure?

Sat up in the gate area waiting to board your flight, the big windows of the terminal building often let you peer down through the flight deck windows. Inside, the two figures seem to be calmly going about their work, maybe taking a sip of something hot from a mug, chatting away.

As you make your way onto the aircraft, you may catch a glimpse through the open flight deck door. An array of buttons and lights seem to fill the entire space. The pilots pressing some, ignoring others. Sharing the mystery contents of an iPad screen with each other. However, before you can absorb what’s really going on, you’re bundled down the aisle towards your seat.

So what really is happening in the flight deck before departure? Which buttons are being pressed and what exactly are the pilots saying to each other? This is your behind the scenes tour.

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