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Old 4th Apr 2016, 05:43
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Red face Height Requirements?

Hi all,

I recently realised that I do not meet height requirements for Australian Defence Force Pilots (163cm minimum) and have noticed similar restrictions with other airlines. I am 160cm tall. Am I completely screwed? Will I face alot of difficulty in looking for a job as a pilot?

p.s. There is a surgery that can be undertaken, but the rehabilitation involves having rods through the legs for 2 years....
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Old 4th Apr 2016, 10:10
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Originally Posted by ltclough View Post
Hi all,

I recently realised that I do not meet height requirements for Australian Defence Force Pilots (163cm minimum) and have noticed similar restrictions with other airlines. I am 160cm tall. Am I completely screwed? Will I face alot of difficulty in looking for a job as a pilot?

p.s. There is a surgery that can be undertaken, but the rehabilitation involves having rods through the legs for 2 years....
Save your surgery...
I see people closer to 150cm on the 737 in Europe.
One of them was on my T/R last year, she can still fly the 73 no problem.
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Old 4th Apr 2016, 19:24
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Hiya ltclough,

Some airlines and most military organizations do publish what they term "minimum reach" or "minimum arm reach." What they're trying to get at is that from a seated position you can reach the most critical switches.

However, like NWCoast, I too have seen pilots, but flying for major airlines here in North America, who are under 160 cm. I fly with one right now who is around 150 cm. She sits on a cushion that she keeps in her flight bag. Getting into the seat after her is sometimes not fun because its all the way up and all the way forward with the rudder pedals at the aft stop, but it works for her!

There are going to be some airlines who are off limits to you because they require "minimum reach." I know Cathay and Air New Zealand used to in your neck of the woods, but IIRC it was always published on their applications page and you would see it well before you hit "apply."

In the end, I agree. Save yourself the surgery and know there are some liveries you won't be able to fly. But a 737 is a 737, no matter what's painted on the tail.

Good luck!
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 19:58
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Itclough, contact the major airlines in Australia and SE Asia you can see yourself working for. Find out what their limits are. Work back from there
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