B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
Why not... and fly it for the rear seat if you have long legs...
Regulations dont really cover seat occupancy rules for pilot... but dont forget to put your seat belt ON, that - is in the regulations
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1760 times:
The "left seat" occupancy by the pilot (in command) of - transport planes - is sometimes mandated by (some) airline policies, but as far as regulations, by accessibility of some controls which are only accessible from the LH seat...
As an example the steering of the nose wheel on the 707 was originally on the LH side of the pilot (in command) station... however, some airlines, i.e. Qantas, ordered their 707-338Bs to be equipped with a tiller on the RH side as well, so the co pilot could steer the airplane. Here in Argentina, a captain can sit in the left or in the right hand seat if he so wishes... no restrictions, the 747 has a tiller on both sides...
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1597 times:
"Be careful, some aircraft don't have brakes on the right side. (i.e. PA-23)"
Here's something interesting about that: I did a lot of my CFI training in a Piper Arrow II (PA-28R-200). As some of you may know, the 200s only have toe brakes on the left side. But my instructor, who was sitting in the left seat, wouldn't touch the brakes for me--he made me use the hand brake. Anyway, I got used to taxiing with doing a lot of braking. It's surprising how little braking you can get away with during taxi.
"By the way, congratulations on passing your checkride. Do you care to tell us how it went?"
Thanks. The checkride actually went really well. Which is not to say that it went perfectly. I messed up a few minor things. But I was able to pass the first time through, which I guess is something of an accomplishment. In fact, I was the only one out of three applicants from our college to pass the first time. It's not that I'm a better pilot than they were. It's just that I studied my rear end off, and maybe those other guys didn't.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1557 times:
You can fly the airplane from any seat from which you can reach and properly manipulate all of the flight controls. It is by custom, not mandate, that the PIC typically flys fixed wing aircraft from the LH seat. (The PIC in helicopters, again by custom, not mandate, usually flys from the RH seat.) Not all F/W aircraft are flown from the LH seat, a friend of mine has a Sai Marchetti 260 (The spelling is probably way off.), a beautiful Italian sportplane that is flown from the RH seat.
ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
I have known several FBOs who required a right seat checkout before renting to a person who intended to fly right seat with a passenger in the left seat. It seems that this was a way to prevent a non-CFI from giving flight instruction and all claimed that it was required by insurance regulations.