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Pilots, Ever Kick The Wrong Thing?  
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

I am 6'6 and want to be a commerical airline pilot. I find smaller planes that I train on such as the Warrior pretty comfy for my frame. I do take my time getting in and out of the plane as I don't want to kick anything with my legs or bump the wrong thing with my knee. A few questions. Pilots have you ever kicked the wrong thing? I had the opportunity to climb into and ERJ and CRJ seat, I was really careful to make sure my legs did not touch the wrong thing but I could see if one is not careful you may hit the wrong thing at the wrong time while climbing in the seat. Has that happened to anyone you know? Thanks for the help.

PS-I am pretty sure that the airlines do not impose height restirictions for pilots, I am right?

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User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

The only thing I kick is the Tire before I light the FIRE

But in all seriousness EWR I don't think your height is a detriment. I've seen airline pilots that were pretty tall and pretty much everyone has to be careful when getting into the seat not to break anything. Just out of curiosity, which cockpit seemed roomier, the CRJ or the ERJ ?? Some of the smallest cockpits I've ever seen were in Learjets, particularly 21/25/35.

User currently offlineDarius From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

I LOVE EWR, airlines do impose height restrictions. I know somebody who has been rejected at the KLM pilot selections due to his legs being too long. I don't know if there is an overall body length restriction, however I do know there is a maximum length allowed for your legs, at least for the KLM flight academy there is.
I don't have the exact figures here with me right now.

User currently offlineBragi From Iceland, joined May 2001, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

I really don't think you should be worried about your height, unless you are thinking about joining the air force  Big grin Most of the pilots I know are taller than me (I am about 5'9) and their height is not an issue wherever they apply. Smile

Also, many students in my academy have to fly the C-172 instead of the C-152, because they don't fit in the smaller one!

Muhammad Ali: "Superman don’t need no seat belt." Flight Attendant: "Superman don’t need no airplane, either."
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

PW4084, both of the ERJ and the CRJ have its advantages and disadvantages in terms of room to me. Hopefully after flight training I will be picked up by a regional and I should be comfy in both. Both seats are very comfortable to me when I adjusted them properly and had plenty of legroom. When I climbed in though it got me thinking. Has any pilots out there accidently hit something on the console or dash when getting in and out of the seats? I noticed with the ERJ that you have to be very aware of the center console when climbing back into the seat. Thank you and everyone else though for the replies please keep them coming.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

I have been in the cockpits of both, and I am 5' 9" and the CRJ seemed alot more roomier. The ERJ is a Basket. You have to climb in and out.

User currently offlinePanther From Bahamas, joined Jun 2000, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I fly the Beech 1900D and I am 6'4". It is not that bad, since the seat and rudder pedals adjust. I have to be very careful when climbing in and out of the cockpit. I have bumped many things in that little office, like have extended the flaps, turned on yaw dampers, knocked the poor person in the left seat, by just simply geat out of my seat. I must say the D model is a whole lot better than the 1900C models we flew, I use to get a lot of back aches from doing 8 and 9 legs a day in those planes. I must say a CRJ or ERJ sounds like heaven to me.


User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Okay, my question is...

what airlines do you know of impose leg-length restrictions?

Additionally, what ARE these leg-length restrictions?


User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 2457 times:

I fly the Saab 2000 for SWISS. When I climb in I do have to be a bit careful not to kick something or hit something but more because I do not want any bruises.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Climbing in and out is a bit tough but once in we have a great cockpit because the seat is very adjustable as are the rudder pedals.

I have never flown another airliner but ours seems to have a very good and ergonomically correct cockpit.

Good luck getting a job. Right now is not the greatest time unfortunately.

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

Thanks Saab2000 and Panther for the responces. I am in college right now Saab and have 3 years to go. I understand getting a job right now is not the greatest time, but that's why I am in school. I go to college year round so I should have my masters degree when I am done in 2005. Then on to my career as a pilot.

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