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The First “Sterile Cockpit” Was Not in an Airplane

The First “Sterile Cockpit” Was Not in an Airplane

Aviators are deservedly proud of achieving the “sterile cockpit” operational standard in which air crews refrain from nonessential activities during critical flight maneuvers and below 10,000 feet. Prior to the FAA’s sterile cockpit mandate in 1981, there had been several major aircraft accidents attributed to lack of operational focus and idle chatter among flight crew members. However, this concept–professional focus during safety-critical maneuvers–goes back much further than the aviation rule.