AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
Both members in a USMC Cobra are technically pilots but the pilot in command is the one in the rear and they enter from the the starboard side of the aircraft. The co-pilot/gunner enters from the port side. I don't really know why Bell designed it this way but that's just the way it is.
Note: this photo was just a test, the pilot was not actually incapacitated as far as I know.
CTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3202 times:
OK, times up.
The USMC AV-8B originally being of Brit origin, the integrated boarding ladder is on the righthand side. Why? I once asked a Hawker Engineer that question. He told me its a tie to British Calvery mounting their horses from the righthand side. The Harrier is the only USMC or USN jet aircraft of British origin. It is also the only one that is boarded from the right.
All helicopters with side by side seating have the pilot on the right. This dates back down to early helos which had only one collective stick between the two seats. Since most people are righthanded and prefer to have their dominant hand on the cyclic, the right seat became the pilot seat.
With tandem seating helos, climbing into a crew station over the collective lever is a pain. Therefore ingress on the right is prefered. The forward gunner seat has ingress on the left for canopy structual reasons. If the collective lever is up while ingress/egressing, the gunner just has to take necassary precautions with private parts.