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How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?  
User currently offlineAAden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 834 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28893 times:

not sure if this is the right forum but I heard a rumour that you had to be a certain height to be a pilot. i'm 5feet 6inches am i tall enough. if their is a regulation then is it different in the us military thanx

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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28883 times:

It truly depends on how you are built.
I would say generlly 5'6" would not be an issue at all. I have seen people that are under 5 feet tall flight train... (5' would be prohibitive in an airline evvironment though).
Being too tall is often more quickly an issue, not bcause of the planes you want to end up flying but because of the planes you need to fly to train.
Hell, I'm only 6'1" and b/c of my build I can't confortably fly the Cessna 152. Thus my flight training is in a Piper Warrior.


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2848 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28883 times:

I know folks much shorter than 5' 6" that fly. It's when you're too tall that things get bad because you bump your head into the overhead control panels! Considering that a 10 year old girl (I think that's how old she was) flew transatlantic in a Cessna, I doubt that there is a height requirement. The military operates differently when it comes to setting limits to its pilots, so I can't speak on their behalf. In civil aviation, you are fine.  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 937 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28871 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
Considering that a 10 year old girl (I think that's how old she was) flew transatlantic in a Cessna


How long ago was this? And does anyone know if she's still single?

[Edited 2006-03-22 23:10:05]


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User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28857 times:

A minimum height requirement would discriminate against women. You need to be able to reach the pedals and see out the window. That's about 5' 2".

User currently offlineAAden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28851 times:

cool, thanx guys i was scared for a moment

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28838 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 1):
Hell, I'm only 6'1" and b/c of my build I can't confortably fly the Cessna 152.

That is strange. One of my best friends is 6'5" and did all of his PPL training on a C152



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User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 28764 times:

I am a pretty short guy at 5'2", and if I was a centimeter shorter I wouldn't be able to see above the panel. I am hoping that since I am 17, I will grow a little taller to be able to "see" more comfortably.

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 28657 times:

Quoting FlightShadow (Reply 3):
How long ago was this? And does anyone know if she's still single?

She actually crashed about halfway through the transcon and unfortunately lost her life in that accident.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
That is strange. One of my best friends is 6'5" and did all of his PPL training on a C152

I have very broad shoulders and thus with larger male CFI's it just doesn;t work from a width perspective. I'm amazed that a 6'5" guy could work that out. I have issue with side to side visibility due to the wing; my eye level is about an inch above the bottom of the wing. I am also heavy enough that from a useful load perspective, any reasonably large instructer would pose issues with weight.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 28656 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 8):
I have very broad shoulders and thus with larger male CFI's it just doesn;t work from a width perspective. I'm amazed that a 6'5" guy could work that out. I have issue with side to side visibility due to the wing; my eye level is about an inch above the bottom of the wing. I am also heavy enough that from a useful load perspective, any reasonably large instructer would pose issues with weight.

He is a pretty athletic dude, with broad shoulders, though he only weighs about 205 pounds. Still, he really liked flying them



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User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 937 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 28646 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 8):

She actually crashed about halfway through the transcon and unfortunately lost her life in that accident.

Dang, that's kindof a turnoff...

Jokes aside, that's really really sad. A 10-year old (girl  Smile ) with the guts to attempt a transcon flight... Sad



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3139 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 28633 times:

They make seat cushions for us shorter people. I'm 5'7" and have no problems. I have a couple of friends who are under 5' tall who fly with no troubles. You just gotta reach the pedals and see over the cowl. Kinda like a car.


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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 28599 times:

I did my ppl in a 152 and I am 6'2", there is a girl here in FIT who seriously is like 5'2", so if she can fly (with a seat cushion) you can!

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 28577 times:

I'm 6'3 and trained in and still love the 152.


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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 28517 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 13):

Man you're all a croud of 152 lovers...
I'd never give up my Warrior/Archer


User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3007 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 28508 times:
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Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 14):
Man you're all a croud of 152 lovers...
I'd never give up my Warrior/Archer

Same here... well, I actually did all my pre-solo time in a 152, but now there's no turning back. Unless it's "just for fun" once a year or so...

Back to the original question, you shouldn't have any trouble, I've seen pilots of all sizes, and 5'6" is definitely not out of average.

-Manuel



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7127 posts, RR: 87
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 28503 times:

my uncle is 5'8" and is AA captain on 757/767.

Shouldn't be a problem!



User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 28503 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 16):
my uncle is 5'8" and is AA captain on 757/767.

Shouldn't be a problem!

Yeah, but those shorts are  Silly



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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 28451 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Yeah, but those shorts are

for someone who is 3'8"

sooo.... split the difference and if you're 4'8" you must be good to go right?


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 28429 times:

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 18):
for someone who is 3'8"

sooo.... split the difference and if you're 4'8" you must be good to go right?

??



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User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 69
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 28418 times:

Would it be too much to ask for members to post this in metric?

This way a greater scale of members here would understand it better.

Regards,
Wings



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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 28417 times:

NEVERMIND!  Smile

Sorry for the twisted logic... I've been crunching New Keynesian Economic Models with Life Cycle variables all night... My brain is fried!


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 28413 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 20):
Would it be too much to ask for members to post this in metric?

All of use who think in Imperial would then have to pull out the calculator. Anyway, just for you, here are the important parts.

5'2" = 157.48 cm
5'8" = 172.72 cm
6'1" = 185.42 cm
6'5" = 195.58 cm

Here is a very easy conversion: 1 foot equals 12 inches. Take the inches (in the case of 6', that is 72) and multiple by 2.54 to get the measurement in centimeters.



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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 28400 times:

haha... man I move to the US and my mind switches to imperial... ridiculous

although I do still prefer metric of course!


User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 69
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 28400 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

All of use who think in Imperial would then have to pull out the calculator. Anyway, just for you, here are the important parts.

Well in that case it would not be that many. Don´t forget that the major part of the world population uses the metric system.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

5'2" = 157.48 cm
5'8" = 172.72 cm
6'1" = 185.42 cm
6'5" = 195.58 cm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

Here is a very easy conversion: 1 foot equals 12 inches. Take the inches (in the case of 6', that is 72) and multiple by 2.54 to get the measurement in centimeters.

Thank's for that N1120A, this has been very useful.

Regards,
Wings

[Edited 2006-03-23 10:54:36]


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25 N1120A : Of course I know that, but a large number of members on this website tend to be imperial users. No problem. Here are some other useful ones: 1 stone
26 RiddlePilot215 : There ARE rudder extensions... I've seen them all the time on Riddle's 172's.
27 SCEagle : Wonder how passengers would feel if they saw one of those amusement park signs that read, "You must be at least this tall to fly this plane," and then
28 Glom : BA has a limit between 5'2'' and 6'3''.
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