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Height/Weight Restrictions For Pilots?  
User currently offlineLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 9779 times:

Do commercial pilots have to meet a specific height requirement?

What are the minimums and maximums?

Similarly, what about weight restrictions? How big is "too" big for the pilot of one of today's civil jet airplanes?

Come to think of it.....have you ever seen a severely obese person at the yoke of an airliner? Hmmmmm, not sure I recall seeing one.

Thank you for any input.

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User currently offlineFBWless From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9737 times:

Look at this picture and you'll see that weight restrictions can't be that hard to comply with... (if there are any)

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Photo © Barry Byrne



User currently offlineLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9716 times:

Hey FBWless......

Was this the headline for the above pic ...... "Engine disintegrates due to excess stress caused by "Jumbo" pilots." ???  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Just kiddin'. I read it (a bird strike).

Vultures did a nice job shredding that baby, didn't they?



User currently offlineMe From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9698 times:

Most airline applications say "height sufficient to operate cockpit controls"

I'm only 5'5" and have never had a problem. I've flown everything from Cessnas to Boeings.


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9679 times:

I think the weight restriction is somewhat to 250lbs.
I could be wrong tho. That's what I've heard from AA pilots.

Kevin/DCA


User currently offlineIain From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9674 times:

I think it is very unfair of you guys to say such a thing about that pilot, he is in a place we would all like to be in! Maybe you should so some respect!
Iain


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9674 times:

I have seen obese pilots. I am not being judemental, just giving you the facts. FBWless.....you are mean! Just kidding. My dad and I are sitting here laughing histerically over that picture you somehow found. How in the world did you do that?

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9662 times:

Iain, please. Does this mean you have learnt your lesson about the clothing thing?

You were very unfair about that.

EGGD


User currently offlineMe From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9659 times:

I've flown with some pretty tubby guys. As long as you can pass the medical exam you can continue to fly.

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9643 times:

He's not fat he's fluffy !!

You can be as fluffy as you want. But high blood pressure and diabetes go hand in hand with obesity. Both are disqualifying criteria for a medical.

I have a big build with large shoulders. I wear a 54 jacket just so my shoulders fit. I weighed 260 lbs at one time. 220 is about normal for me.

In order to maintain a medical you need to keep in shape. But of course easier said than done. The most popular diet among pilots seems to be the Atkins diet. Its easier to maintain out on the road with those hotel buffet breakfasts....just grab all the bacon and eggs you can eat.

JET


User currently offlineTwa717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9627 times:

Was the vulture okay?

User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9620 times:

I know high blood pressure will disqualify you for flying fighters, but why in the world would it disqual you from flying an airliner at 1G??? Thanks!

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9626 times:

High blood pressure contributes to heart disease and strokes.

How many G's you pull has nothing to do with anything.

JET


User currently offlineIloveA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9610 times:

it has m very little to do with appearance and a lot to do with the medical. some guy thats 6ft6in and weighs 290 will have a problem w/ the medical. However look at warren sapp. (the football player) hes about 6ft5in and 320 and he would have no problem with the phisycal. whould they let him fly???

User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9599 times:

I heard somewhere that a pilot can't be taller than 6 feet 6 inches. If that's true, I might as well not even think about becoming a pilot because I'm 14 yrs. old and 6'3"!

User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9602 times:

Actually, I talked to the flight surgeon for the 90th Fighter Squadron, and he said high blood pressure does reduce the ability to withstand high G forces. Why? I have no idea, but it's what the surgeon said.

User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9590 times:
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Is there a height limit? I hope not, because i want to be a pilot, i expect to be 6'4 when im done growing...

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9584 times:

No height limit for the commercial operators.

JET


User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9574 times:

The pilot's weight should be below MTOW.

Hisham.


User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9555 times:

Good one, Hisham.

User currently offlineRominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9542 times:

Yeah, don't y'all remember that Kareem was co-pilot in Airplane!?  Big grin

User currently offline757PF From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9525 times:

Is 7 feet too tall?

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