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User currently offlineAIRNZsaab340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Hi
I am 6 foot 3 and I want to be an airline pilot. Will this restrict me in anyway. Could some tall pilots please tell me how tall they are and if this will be a problem for me. Can the pilots seats in most planes be put back? And do jets have the rudder pedals at there feet. I recently flew a bonanza and I were fine.
Thanks for your help in advance.

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User currently offlinePilothica737 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

I have a mentor that flies for Delta who is 6'3...does't seem to have any problems....
Pilotchica


User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

I am 6 foot 3 as well and projected to be 6 foot 5. I posted a topic on this earlier.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/684179/6/

There seem to be no limits on tall people, only short people. I have sat in many commercial pilots' seats before flight and I have no problem with my head touching the top or anything.


User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 986 times:

I heard a student pilot at the airport saying yesterday that his father flies for Continental and is 6'5". I also met a commuter airline pilot not that long ago about the same height. I think you'll be fine.

User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 980 times:

I've never heard that there is a requirement not to be too short. I wonder if somebody could shed some light on this??? I have to sit on a pillow in a Cessna 152 but was told that in a lot of newer planes the seats are a lot more accomodating for shorter people. I am 5'1" (barely!)

User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 941 times:

I think the height restriction only concerns military pilots. They must "fit" so they don't rip off knees and stuff (ouch) if they have to eject.
/JM



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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 937 times:

LH has a restriction of either 6´4´´ or 6´6´´, I forgot which after I stopped growing at 6´3´´ (well before the "projected" 6´7´´  Wink/being sarcastic

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 932 times:

At age what age were you predicted to be 6foot 7 Daniel?
Alex


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Uh, I believe it was after this formula that you´ll reach twice the height that you have on your second birthday. And that was "confirmed" by some hand x-rays when I was about 10.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 935 times:

I'm 14 (Jan. 27, '87) and about 6ft 3 aswell. But as far as I know, there really is no restriction, you just have to fit in the plane. I too want to be a commercial pilot.


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User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 920 times:

I'm 6'4" and have had no problems except when I wanted to fly fighters in the USAF. If I ejected my body would go with the seat but my knees to my feet would have went down with the aircraft. So my fighter career never got off the ground so to speak.  Smile

User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 917 times:

Tall people kick butt.


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User currently offlineAv8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 920 times:

I have a friend who is a Saab 340 Captain and he is 6'6" and a pal who flies the Dash 8 for Island Air in Hawaii- he's 6'7'! I am just a measly 5'2"!

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