The Embraer E-Jet Family is a short-haul aircraft designed by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. Having entered production in on February 19, 2002, the aircraft is now just over 20 years old, though the aircraft is still being actively produced today. Being the newest addition to Infinite Flight’s ever-growing live cockpit fleet, there’s’ many pieces of the cockpit that can be broken down and explained in simpler terms.
This tutorial only covers the cockpit of the E-Jet family. Other helpful topics have been linked at the bottom for extra reference.
One of Embraer’s most iconic features is the consistent cockpit throughout their many different aircraft variations. Each part of the cockpit serves a different role in ensuring the stability and safety of the aircraft and passengers.
The information in this topic is applicable to both the Embraer E175 and the Embraer E190. Both have identical cockpits.
|A||Primary Flight Display and Compass (PFD)||The primary flight display (PFD) displays the essential information of the aircraft digitally. This includes an airspeed indicator, pitch indicator, and roll indicator. The bottom half of the display shows a compass, displaying the indicated heading, as well as set course and LNAV/ILS information. This screen is mirrored on each side of the aircraft, both displaying the same information for both the captain and first officer.|
|B||Multifunction Flight Display (MFD)||The multifunction display (MFD) shows both the lateral and vertical aspects of autopilot navigation. The upper half of the screen displays the lateral movement of the aircraft, moving with heading changes. In real operations, the aircraft can display terrain and weather radar, though those are not currently featured in Infinite Flight at the moment. The top left of this screen displays information such as the next waypoint in the FPL and the distance until that waypoint. The top right corner of this screen displays speed and temperature information. The bottom of this screen generally displays vertical navigation, including carefully-calculated TOD points and altitude changes. The radius of both of these maps can be changed in the NAV panel of “systems” by changing the range.|
|C||Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM)||The central panel, also known as the ECAM, is a panel that displays engine power, N1%, fuel flow, oil pressure/temperature, as well as other miscellaneous information. The top left of the display shows the engine power/N1% and fuel flow. Moving further down, the central area of the panel shows the oil/fuel status, showing pressure, temperature, and amount remaining. Finally at the bottom of the display is a flaps/slats indicator, which moves live with the extension and retraction of the flaps and slats systems. The bottom right of the panel shows the roll/pitch of the aircraft, and other miscellaneous information is shown directly above.|
|D||Flight Management Computers (FMC)||The Flight Management Computer (FMC) / Flight Management System (FMS) is a device featured on both sides of the central console, one for each pilot. This information generally assists the pilots through multiple stages of flight, helping them program flight plans, calculate speeds and weights, and even determine optimal takeoff and landing performances. Though multiple of these features are unavailable in-app, they serve a crucial role in regular operations. In Infinite Flight, these systems display coordinates and altitude for the pilots.|
|E||Central Console||The central console of the aircraft is an area of the cockpit that contains multiple essential components needed for the aircraft’s functionality. Most notable of which being the throttle quadrant, flaps/speedbrake controls, and engine power controls. The throttle controls the flow of fuel and power to the engine, providing speed and propulsion to the aircraft. The flaps are extended and lowered through multiple stages of flight, allowing for smoother flight with a lower angle of attack (AOA) at lower speeds. The airbrakes are a speed control mechanism used to quickly slow down the aircraft of decrease the vertical speed.|
|F||Overhead Panel||An overhead panel is the modern replacement of many instruments formerly found on the flight engineer’s panel. The aircraft is brought to life by the various switches and knobs on the overhead panel, some of which that apply to IF include the master switch, APU, lighting controls, and passenger signing. Outside Infinite Flight, oil, fuel, cabin pressure, heating and icing are among the various useful trinkets up top.|