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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Sorry if this too dumb to ask but, do english, japanese and australian captains seat on the right as in the automobiles? or do they do it on the left seat?

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Henpol747


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User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

hey that's not a dumb question considering anything goes on this planet. Like in the Bahamas some Taxi cabs have their driver seat on the left, and also drive on the left side of the road....  Big grin


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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

The captain can sit where he/she pleases. The left seat is the pilot in command's, unless it is a helicopter, and then it is on the right.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

They are always on the left side of the cockpit  Big grin


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User currently offlineSoaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

"Usually" the captains (regardless of their country of origin) sit on the left side, but yeah as Miamiair said you can sit in any seat, and be the pilot in command, unless the airline has some specific rules you have to follow.

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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

I always wondered about that one too.
It is kind of funny since more than 80% of the population is righthanded and as such it is more logical that you sit in the right so your righthand is always on the yoke/stick because your level of feeling&coordination is better in your righthand.
Maybe there is some other reason to sit on the left while in command.
Anyone care to elaborate?



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User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

It is kind of funny since more than 80% of the population is righthanded and as such it is more logical that you sit in the right so your righthand is always on the yoke/stick because your level of feeling&coordination is better in your righthand.

Doesn't make any difference, i'm right handed yet can handle an aircraft with good comfort and coordination from the left seat. In my 4 years of flying i've never even thought about it until seeing the posts on the subject today in this forum.

Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

On my way home from LHR at the end of July on UA949, LHR-ORD, the Captain sat on the right hand side of the 777, as the f/o was left handed. I knew that based on a Ch. 9 communication.



User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 1572 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

The captain can sit on the right seat of the airplane.The problem is ;the FO can't sit on the left seat.

There are occasions that two captains fly together on a flight(FO shortage,checkrides etc.) in this case they either switch places on the middle leg or if one of them is senior as age and experience wise the other capt. offers the left seat as a complement.

Being the left/right handed is not a problem for pilots.You can't imagine how much you accomplish with your less used hand in your daily life.You just don't notice.You drive your car with your left hand(for the right handed people) and you dont complain about it.Its the same in the airplane also.You get used toit pretty quickly.



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User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

i used to think left and right hand would be an issue, but after training from the left seat, then becoming a CFI in the right seat, i soon realized that you don't even notice the difference in hands. Especially with your students in Florida crosswinds at 50ft over the trees.... phew!


ayd



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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

"You can't imagine how much you accomplish with your less used hand in your daily life"
You are right, but you have to practice flying an aircraft either lefthanded or righthanded before you take controll. I heared that espacially on sidestick controlled aircraft FOs have to practice a lot in the captains rating untill they are experts with the sidestick on the left instead on the right side...


User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

The only reason I wondered was because I saw the cockpit OF the F16
once and I noticed the throttle was on the left and the stick on the right.
So I ASSUMED it had something to do with better coordination and/or feeling.



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Stupid question #2.

Are there any controls on modern airliners that are only on one side of the cockpit? I understand most controls are dual operation nowadays.....the technical side ain't my strongest subject!.... but I seem to remember some aircraft had the nose gear steering wheel only on the left side of the cockpit.



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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Stirling,
I can`t think of any unusaul like, Speed Brakes, Slats/Flaps lever, Gear lever and in some models the nose gear stearing wheel.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17055 posts, RR: 67
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

As Hirnie says, gear lever, brakes, slats/flaps, throttles, radios, autopilot and engine instruments arenot duplicated but they're in the center anyway.

Some aircraft (mostly smaller ones) only have the tiller on the left side. One example is the DC-9. That's why the left hand pilot on the DC-9 always steers. If he is not flying that leg, he will call eighty knots and release the tiller at that point during takeoff. He will also take over steering of the nosewheel under eighty knots during landing.



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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 1572 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Hirnie,

In none of my flight training,or type rating training or line training for 737 I've taken or parcticed left handed flying kessons.There is neither a requirement nor a reason for.The flight training is a very expensive thing and I wouldnt think of an airline which will let you practice lefthanded landings in the simulator.It would be such a waste of time and money.

During transitioning from left to right or right to left you may have require a few hours to get used to but during the normal line ops you'll find plenty of time to get used to it.

The control stand is located between the two pilots but the FO uses them with left hand and the captain use them with the right hand.Again I have to say the there are no difficulties with it,you adjust pretty quickly and use it without any problems.




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User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1685 times:

SO !! why does the rotary wing captain sit in the right hand seat ??


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17055 posts, RR: 67
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1663 times:

In rotary wings the throttle (collective) is always held in the left and the stick (cyclic) is always held in the right. Helisticks require much more and more precise handling than fixed wing sticks.




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