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How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:57 am

not sure if this is the right forum but I heard a rumour that you had to be a certain height to be a pilot. i'm 5feet 6inches am i tall enough. if their is a regulation then is it different in the us military thanx
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:05 am

It truly depends on how you are built.
I would say generlly 5'6" would not be an issue at all. I have seen people that are under 5 feet tall flight train... (5' would be prohibitive in an airline evvironment though).
Being too tall is often more quickly an issue, not bcause of the planes you want to end up flying but because of the planes you need to fly to train.
Hell, I'm only 6'1" and b/c of my build I can't confortably fly the Cessna 152. Thus my flight training is in a Piper Warrior.
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:05 am

I know folks much shorter than 5' 6" that fly. It's when you're too tall that things get bad because you bump your head into the overhead control panels! Considering that a 10 year old girl (I think that's how old she was) flew transatlantic in a Cessna, I doubt that there is a height requirement. The military operates differently when it comes to setting limits to its pilots, so I can't speak on their behalf. In civil aviation, you are fine.  bigthumbsup 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:09 am

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
Considering that a 10 year old girl (I think that's how old she was) flew transatlantic in a Cessna


How long ago was this? And does anyone know if she's still single?

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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:14 am

A minimum height requirement would discriminate against women. You need to be able to reach the pedals and see out the window. That's about 5' 2".
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:16 am

cool, thanx guys i was scared for a moment
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 1):
Hell, I'm only 6'1" and b/c of my build I can't confortably fly the Cessna 152.

That is strange. One of my best friends is 6'5" and did all of his PPL training on a C152
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:24 am

I am a pretty short guy at 5'2", and if I was a centimeter shorter I wouldn't be able to see above the panel. I am hoping that since I am 17, I will grow a little taller to be able to "see" more comfortably.
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:34 pm

Quoting FlightShadow (Reply 3):
How long ago was this? And does anyone know if she's still single?

She actually crashed about halfway through the transcon and unfortunately lost her life in that accident.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
That is strange. One of my best friends is 6'5" and did all of his PPL training on a C152

I have very broad shoulders and thus with larger male CFI's it just doesn;t work from a width perspective. I'm amazed that a 6'5" guy could work that out. I have issue with side to side visibility due to the wing; my eye level is about an inch above the bottom of the wing. I am also heavy enough that from a useful load perspective, any reasonably large instructer would pose issues with weight.
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:37 pm

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 8):
I have very broad shoulders and thus with larger male CFI's it just doesn;t work from a width perspective. I'm amazed that a 6'5" guy could work that out. I have issue with side to side visibility due to the wing; my eye level is about an inch above the bottom of the wing. I am also heavy enough that from a useful load perspective, any reasonably large instructer would pose issues with weight.

He is a pretty athletic dude, with broad shoulders, though he only weighs about 205 pounds. Still, he really liked flying them
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:40 pm

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 8):

She actually crashed about halfway through the transcon and unfortunately lost her life in that accident.

Dang, that's kindof a turnoff...

Jokes aside, that's really really sad. A 10-year old (girl  Smile ) with the guts to attempt a transcon flight... Sad
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:47 pm

They make seat cushions for us shorter people. I'm 5'7" and have no problems. I have a couple of friends who are under 5' tall who fly with no troubles. You just gotta reach the pedals and see over the cowl. Kinda like a car.
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:13 pm

I did my ppl in a 152 and I am 6'2", there is a girl here in FIT who seriously is like 5'2", so if she can fly (with a seat cushion) you can!
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:28 pm

I'm 6'3 and trained in and still love the 152.
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:21 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 13):

Man you're all a croud of 152 lovers...
I'd never give up my Warrior/Archer
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:46 pm

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 14):
Man you're all a croud of 152 lovers...
I'd never give up my Warrior/Archer

Same here... well, I actually did all my pre-solo time in a 152, but now there's no turning back. Unless it's "just for fun" once a year or so...

Back to the original question, you shouldn't have any trouble, I've seen pilots of all sizes, and 5'6" is definitely not out of average.

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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:50 pm

my uncle is 5'8" and is AA captain on 757/767.

Shouldn't be a problem!

 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:51 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 16):
my uncle is 5'8" and is AA captain on 757/767.

Shouldn't be a problem!

Yeah, but those shorts are  Silly
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:00 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Yeah, but those shorts are

for someone who is 3'8"

sooo.... split the difference and if you're 4'8" you must be good to go right?
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:30 pm

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 18):
for someone who is 3'8"

sooo.... split the difference and if you're 4'8" you must be good to go right?

??
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:41 pm

Would it be too much to ask for members to post this in metric?

This way a greater scale of members here would understand it better.

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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:42 pm

NEVERMIND!  Smile

Sorry for the twisted logic... I've been crunching New Keynesian Economic Models with Life Cycle variables all night... My brain is fried!
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:47 pm

Quoting WINGS (Reply 20):
Would it be too much to ask for members to post this in metric?

All of use who think in Imperial would then have to pull out the calculator. Anyway, just for you, here are the important parts.

5'2" = 157.48 cm
5'8" = 172.72 cm
6'1" = 185.42 cm
6'5" = 195.58 cm

Here is a very easy conversion: 1 foot equals 12 inches. Take the inches (in the case of 6', that is 72) and multiple by 2.54 to get the measurement in centimeters.
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:51 pm

haha... man I move to the US and my mind switches to imperial... ridiculous

although I do still prefer metric of course!
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:53 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

All of use who think in Imperial would then have to pull out the calculator. Anyway, just for you, here are the important parts.

Well in that case it would not be that many. Don´t forget that the major part of the world population uses the metric system.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

5'2" = 157.48 cm
5'8" = 172.72 cm
6'1" = 185.42 cm
6'5" = 195.58 cm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):

Here is a very easy conversion: 1 foot equals 12 inches. Take the inches (in the case of 6', that is 72) and multiple by 2.54 to get the measurement in centimeters.

Thank's for that N1120A, this has been very useful.

Regards,
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:57 pm

Quoting WINGS (Reply 24):
Well in that case it would not be that many. Don´t forget that the major part of the world population uses the metric system.

Of course I know that, but a large number of members on this website tend to be imperial users.

Quoting WINGS (Reply 24):
Thank's for that N1120A, this has been very useful.

No problem. Here are some other useful ones:

1 stone = 14 pounds (only used by Brits usually)
2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram
1 mile = 1.6 km
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:24 pm

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 4):
A minimum height requirement would discriminate against women. You need to be able to reach the pedals and see out the window. That's about 5' 2".

There ARE rudder extensions... I've seen them all the time on Riddle's 172's.
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:39 pm

Wonder how passengers would feel if they saw one of those amusement park signs that read, "You must be at least this tall to fly this plane," and then the pilot and co-pilot checking to make sure they'd fly that day...

(It's ok, hon... I saw the co-pilot on his tip-toes... he's flying today!)
 
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RE: How Tall Do You Have To Be To Be A Pilot?

Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:36 pm

BA has a limit between 5'2'' and 6'3''.