Ask Captain Dan: What do Chimes on an Airplane do? Our Resident Pilot Answers Flight Questions.

Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.

If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.


What are those doorbell like sounds that you hear in the cabin of an airplane ?
Question asked by Marsha.



Those are chimes, which are activated by several sources in the airplane.   There is a telephone system through the airplane, by which the pilots and flight attendants can communicate.  When a pilot calls a flight attendant station, a chime will sound in the cabin.  Also, when a flight attendant at one station calls a flight attendant at another station, the chime will sound in the cabin.
When the seatbelt sign in turned on or off by the Captain, the chime will sound through the cabin.
Each passenger seat has a flight attendant call button.  When the button is pressed a light will illuminate above the passenger seat and the chime will sound in the cabin.  The light above the seat indicates to the flight attendants which passenger is requesting assistance.
There are also chimes in the cabin that can be activated by the pilots to indicate to the cabin crew, that the airplane is about to land and the flight attendants need to sit down in their crew seats for landing.

A bit more about Captain Dan:

Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.

He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.

Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.

Have a question for the Captain ?  Send it to Captain Dan Baz Every week a question from the readers will be selected and answer posted in this column.

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