sterile cockpit

sterile cockpit

A quiet cockpit with no distraction from others present. It is a cockpit resource management concept.
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The fact that we missed that portion of tower's radio call reemphasized the need for sterile cockpit communications.
Contributing to the cause of the accident were the crew members' failure to recognise the position of the low-speed cue on their flight displays, indicating that the stick shaker was about to activate, and their failure to follow sterile cockpit procedures.
Acting NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker said that issues set for discussion include the effect of icing on the aircraft's performance, cold weather operations, the sterile cockpit rule, crew experience, fatigue management and stall recovery training.
The sterile cockpit concept isn't just about avoiding conversations and chit-chat during arrival and departure, it also means deferring unimportant tasks, like putting the map, pen or flashlight away.
Active monitoring also requires that the pilot brief the passengers about sterile cockpit procedures.
In the March quiz, question seven asks about the sterile cockpit rule.
I have a sterile cockpit rule of my own, but wasn't using it.
The sterile cockpit concept, which commercial and other high-volume operators use, eliminates all nonessential conversation when at or below 10,000 feet above the airport elevation during departures and arrivals.
As I was sitting in the jump seat right behind the pilots, there was also a polite reminder to me that it's a sterile cockpit below 10,000 feet.
I don't think it's a stretch to say those pilots are less likely to run scenarios in their heads while sitting in traffic, will be more lax about procedures like sterile cockpit, and slower to notice and react to an abnormality.