EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits

The Register has reported Airbus has ordered plastic covers for coffee cups in cockpits to avoid spilling coffee over vital cockpit electronics, the company said.

Following inadvertent liquid spillage on engine control panels in the flight decks of Airbus A350 airliners, the Franco-German-Spanish multinational company has also waterproofed engine controls that are most likely to be in the firing line of an unintentional drenching.

The low-tech solution to the accidental destruction of hi-tech systems was revealed in a revised EU airworthiness directive.

The cover allows for protection of the integrated control panel, including engine master levers, thumbwheels and rotary knobs. This cover should be removed during critical flight phases (e.g. take-off, approach and landing, handling of ECAM procedures), but must be installed during other flight phases.