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Right Handed Captains In Airbus?  
User currently offlinelebb757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

The captains stick in airbus airplanes is placed to his left. Does that make it any harder for captains who are not lefties to fly manually? Does anybody have any experience on this issue? Greetings from BOS

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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4195 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4195 times:

Commonly asked question.

The fact is, whether you fly with a yoke or a sidestick, you only use your outside hand for most hand flying.

So, when flying with a yoke and sitting in the left seat, you hand fly with your left hand and your right hand is on the throttle.

This is the case from your very first flight getting your private pilot license.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

I would also add - a right handed Captain in a Yoke aircraft flies with his left hand. Because if he flew with his right hand, he could not do all the additional tasks of throttle, radios, FMS, etc.

The base question is also equal to

Can a right-handed person drive a stickshift car with the steering wheel on the left side of the vehicle (such as the United States) ?


User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1636 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 2):
Can a right-handed person drive a stickshift car with the steering wheel on the left side of the vehicle (such as the United States) ?

I think it should be "Can a left-handed person drive a LHD stickshift?" Since in LHD cars, the shifter is to the right of the driver.

I'm a righty ... and I drive both LHD and RHD stickshifts with no problems other than occasionally turning onto the wrong side of the road.



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User currently offlineMastropiero From Spain, joined Dec 2005, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3920 times:

Quoting BreninTW (Reply 3):
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 2):
Can a right-handed person drive a stickshift car with the steering wheel on the left side of the vehicle (such as the United States) ?

I think it should be "Can a left-handed person drive a LHD stickshift?" Since in LHD cars, the shifter is to the right of the driver.

I fail to see any difference between rfields5421's post and yours, other than different wording.  


User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2390 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

One becomes very adept with his "wrong" hand. Practice, practice.

The same question about yokes and sidesticks can be put to biologists or surgeons, who have to use both hands to dissect, hold and cut very small body parts.

There is also keyboard writing, piano playing and climbing, among other stuff where the left hand has to do the same as the right one, and after practice, it will become natural. I'm sure this stuff is more difficult than using a sidestick with the left hand.


David



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User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7151 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Quoting lebb757 (Thread starter):
The captains stick in airbus airplanes is placed to his left. Does that make it any harder for captains who are not lefties to fly manually? Does anybody have any experience on this issue? Greetings from BOS

No. Airbus, Boeing, CRJ or Cessna does not matter the person sitting in the left seat uses his left hand to fly and the person sitting in the right seat uses his right hand to fly.
Don't you use your left hand on the steering wheel more often than your right hand? I drive an automatic car but I will still find myself using my left hand much more often than my right hand.



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User currently offlinePapaChuck From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

I am right handed. I learned to fly from the left seat, using my left hand to fly. It actually came pretty naturally to me. Not long after getting my PPL, I went for a ride with a friend in an Archer. I finally got to fly with my right hand, and I was lost. My first touch and go was quite ugly. I found flying with my left hand was an easy skill to pick up, but a hard habit to break.

I also drive a stick shift. Learning to use the clutch was a lot harder for me than learning to steer with my left hand. Ironically, that led to a bad habit I had to break while I was working on my PPL. Out of reflex I naturally wanted to mash the left pedal to the floor when braking. Didn't impress my instructor that day.

PC



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User currently online26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Back in the old days when I was a busy CFI I was more comfortable and could get better landings from the right seat. Flying from the left seat was a rarity for me back then so I chose to fly from the right even when solo or with passengers.

Single seat fighters are flown with the right hand on the stick and the left for throttle. I have seen guys struggle with the transition to left seat flying with only fighter jet experience.

Helicopters are nearly always flown from the Right seat though. Not sure why but perhaps it's more natural for the pilot to hold the cyclic stick with his right hand. Helicopters are unstable by nature and one doesn't let go of the cyclic.


User currently offlinehivue From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 1071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 8):
Helicopters are nearly always flown from the Right seat though. Not sure why but perhaps it's more natural for the pilot to hold the cyclic stick with his right hand.

I think the collective and cyclic usually are oriented the same on the right side and left side so it's a wash. I think the pilot sitting on the right side is some sort of visibility issue when hovering/landing.


User currently offlineJetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2548 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days ago) and read 3754 times:

I've flown Airbus simulators from both seats and not noticed any problem. You don't need the extra precision your "good" hand gives you. I'm lefthanded and can use either hand for most things except handwriting. No doubt righthanded people are generally the same. At this moment I'm typing with both hands and using the mouse with my right hand.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17035 posts, RR: 67
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days ago) and read 3745 times:

Quoting PapaChuck (Reply 7):
I also drive a stick shift. Learning to use the clutch was a lot harder for me than learning to steer with my left hand. Ironically, that led to a bad habit I had to break while I was working on my PPL. Out of reflex I naturally wanted to mash the left pedal to the floor when braking. Didn't impress my instructor that day.

Muscle memory is a funny thing. I'll just chime and say it is not a problem. Heck, I learned to drive a motorcycle without issues and that is way more convoluted than hand flying a plane. Clutch with left hand, accelerator and front brake with right hand (at the same time if you want to finesse it), shift with left foot, rear brake with right foot.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9956 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3734 times:
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Quoting PapaChuck (Reply 7):
Learning to use the clutch was a lot harder for me than learning to steer with my left hand.

   Same here. Probably because I used to steer a lot with my left hand when driving automatics, too.



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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3630 times:

This question comes up literally every week. This site does have a search function. And the answer will be the same every time - no, it's not an issue at all and it's no different to flying a yoke aircraft.


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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5435 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 13):
This question comes up literally every week. This site does have a search function. And the answer will be the same every time - no, it's not an issue at all and it's no different to flying a yoke aircraft.

I don't think it comes up 'literally' every week...or even metaphorically every week. Regardless, the search function sucks on this site.

I just did a search for 'left handed flying', also for 'right hand captains' and 'hand flying', and the most recent response was from 2011.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2390 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 14):
Regardless, the search function sucks on this site.

Just use Google.

keyword site:airliners.net

is all you need.

(With a similar trick, you can specifically search for webcam images, by the way.)



David



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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5435 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 15):

There are tons of search tricks, still I find it ironic that people will use twice the effort to tell someone to 'use the search function', than it would take to simply answer the question.

Really...what's the point of having a discussion forum if topics are only allowed to be discussed once?

Besides, why have a search function that, well, doesn't function? As well, google search results are, as often as not, a convoluted mess that are more trouble than they're worth...and your question still doesn't get answered.

A google search of 'left handed flying', turns up a bunch of threads on guitars. 'left handed flying', airliners.net, comes up with threads about sitting on the left side of the plane and left handed pilots.

It's so much better to ask questions to groups of people who actually may have the answers or some specific insight than using google.

It's a discussion forum...if one wants to partake, discuss. If one doesn't, they don't have to.



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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Quoting bueb0g (Reply 13):
This question comes up literally every week. This site does have a search function. And the answer will be the same every time - no, it's not an issue at all and it's no different to flying a yoke aircraft.

Thank you (again) bueb0g.

Posters, PLEASE use the search function; this is repeatedly asked and those of us who have actual experience flying the aircraft repeatedly say there is no issue with it at all.

  


User currently offlinesprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 11):
Heck, I learned to drive a motorcycle without issues and that is way more convoluted than hand flying a plane. Clutch with left hand, accelerator and front brake with right hand (at the same time if you want to finesse it), shift with left foot, rear brake with right foot.

Just try to drive an old Triumph, with the shifter on the right and brake on the left. That will mess you up.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17035 posts, RR: 67
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

Quoting sprout5199 (Reply 18):
Just try to drive an old Triumph, with the shifter on the right and brake on the left. That will mess you up.

Yet another great British eccentricity in design then? 



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5435 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 17):
Posters, PLEASE use the search function

Again, the search function doesn't work. If a question bothers you, ignore it. If it really bothers you, ask to have it deleted.



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