While watching a playthrough of the new game Starfield by a YouTuber, the "Pilot" of a ship brings the console toward him and swings wings around so they are closer to him.
It reminded me of a scene in a book I read a long time ago.
People are on a space craft going somewhere. The pilot becomes injured and can no longer fly the ship. A passenger (who is a pilot of another type of space craft) starts training with the injured pilot to learn to fly this craft. [i.e. The pilot is flying a 747, and the passenger flies DC-10s with different configuration of gauges, switches, and indicators]
They are far from any planets and rescue is not possible, and supplies are running out.
After awhile (weeks?/months?) of training, the passenger just cant get in the "flow/pattern/sequence" of operating the cockpit controls/indicators/gauges. While the pilot is out of the bridge, he starts tearing apart the cockpit and repositing the displays and controls and remounting them in the positions that match the controls of the space craft type he is familiar with.
When the pilot comes back and sees what the passenger is doing, he tries to attack him and is restrained by the other passengers/crew and taken to the med bay.
The passenger is now able to fly the ship due to the reconfigured layout that he has been trained on and knows.
I do have a John Brunner vibe, but that may be due to the novel "Polymath" in which a colony ship crash lands on an alien planet. But fortunately it contains a "planet-builder trainee" who can help them survive. Unfortunately his training in on a different planet type. (i.e. his training is on ice planet types, and they have landed on a jungle type planet.) So most of what he knows is not applicable, or does not cross over to the planet type he is on.