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Old 12th Jun 2023, 16:05
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Seat Position Routine A320

Guys what is the best practise for getting the most comfortable seat position on the A320?

My operator is deploying us on 6H+ missions and I read in the B777 manual the seat is fully reclined first, then lumbar adjusted and finally back rest bought forward to comfortable position and seat aligned with eye marker thereafter.

What is best practise for A320? Thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by k.swiss
Guys what is the best practise for getting the most comfortable seat position on the A320?

My operator is deploying us on 6H+ missions and I read in the B777 manual the seat is fully reclined first, then lumbar adjusted and finally back rest bought forward to comfortable position and seat aligned with eye marker thereafter.

What is best practise for A320? Thanks in advance!

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You should adjust the seat to correct position whether comfortable or not. You will get that in video by Airbus in their app airbuswin. Just follow that.
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I just do whatever makes it comfortable. It gets moved to a different position some time in the climb anyway so the length of flight is irrelevant.
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Adjust the seat so that you’re comfortable, and can function properly. The seat and pedals have reference numbers. Couldn’t tell you what my numbers are. I just sit down and move them until it’s comfortable.
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If your airfleet is large and diverse, it's no use remembering the numbers (except maybe the pedals which are stiffer), because all the seats will have different levels of wear, and will be more or less "packed".

My method is to put the seat fully down, then move it up until the weight of my feet and legs are supported half by the seat and half by the feet (from 100% on the feet at the beginning). Then I like to have the armrest rather flat, so tilt it flat and up (which gives something like B3 usually but I don't set this number as a goal either). Then the backrest should give some support but still be comfortable.
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First thing is to adjust the seat so that your eyes are in the correct place - line up the sighting balls.

Then you need to be able to apply full rudder and/or full toe brake in each direction.

Then adjust the arm support so your hand can comfortably hold the side-stick while your forearm is fully supported.

Finally, adjust backrest and lumbar to be comfortable. Some aircraft have knackered seats, in which case bring your own lumbar cushion. The lumbar region is just above your hips and should push into the curve of your back there.

In the cruise, you can afford to move the seat back, since you will be unlikely to need to apply full rudder etc.
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the "sight balls"' should be used in accordance with Airbus SOPs. I set a slight lean-back to my seat-back for comfort.
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I go a bit mental with this: fully vertical backrest, seat all the way up front, armrest goes ever so slightly tilting down (that usually gives a G5, but as always it is dependent on the particular aircraft) and then adjust the pedals so as to not be cramped as f***, but comfortable enough, being able to reach full travel without effort, but without feeling I've been bent in half while sitting there.

During the cruise I usually tilt the backrest back a bit and might move the seat a bit aft too, but not too much. I like to be in a position I know I can still fly the aircraft manually should it be necessary

I must however, emphasize using correctly the eye height level (i.e. the balls on the center windshield post). And I don't move the seat vertically once I set it because it's pretty hard for me to find the sweet spot again hahaha
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