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How FAT Can You Be To Fly?  
User currently offlineAviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4337 times:

So for my examination for my First Class Medical, my doctor and I were talking about my weight and how I need to put some on (6' 1" 150lbs). He said he normally tells people that they need to lose weight, especially if they plan on going to the airlines one day. My question is, how fat can you be and still fit in the cockpit? Thanks for your replies, funny and serious.  Wink/being sarcastic

__TJ__


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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

6'1" and 150 lbs ? He must be kidding ! I'm 6'3", and 170 lbs, and I consider myself a bit overweight (but not that much - just enough to convince me to do sports  Wink/being sarcastic ).

Don't worry, you're heavy enough !

707


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

You can be fatter if you're flying an Airbus - thanks to the wonderful side-stick control, there is more space in front of you for your belly to hang out where the yoke would normally be on a Boeing, MD, etc  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Are we talking about being able to fit through the doorway for the cockpit, or just being able to occupy the area the cockpit. Can't occupy the cockpit unless you can fit through the doorway Big grin


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User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

Your too fat if you can't get the seat belt extension around your waist or if you put yourself or others in some sort of unsafe condition.

TechRep


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

You're too fat if you can't see the instrument panel because your big fat stomach's in the way  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineAviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

What if your fingers are too fat for the side stick?

User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

Greetings from Burk! You be too fat if your fat ass gets stuck in the jetway!

You sho' nuff be too fat if the undercarrage gives up as soon as you squeeze your mammoth keester on board! You be too fat if your lard spills out into the else and blocks the beverage cart.


User currently offlineDeltaBorn From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

I'll get nailed for this by someone. I once saw an Emery Captain who had to be pushing 350 pounds. If I had to guess I would say he was about 6' tall.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6199 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 3885 times:

Airlines are looking to hire folks whose height is in proportion to weight. I went to an Air Inc. seminar and they told us that we should strive to maintain our high school/college weight. It's about image, and about the desire to retain healthy pilots for the long haul.


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User currently offlineRayBolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

Had a CFI a while ago that was rather 'large.' Let me say that it's not too comfortable to be in the cockpit of a C150 with a medium size person, let alone a larger person. Especially in smaller planes, I would think w&b would be a big problem...even more so than actualy squeezing in.

Dan



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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

My question is, how fat can you be and still fit in the cockpit?
***

Judging by some of the pilots at Continental, there is no restriction on this...

J


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