Derivation of Existing CF Pilot Anthropometric Selection Standards


  1. Meunier, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
A redress of grievance querying the legitimacy of anthropometric selection standard limits was recently filed. An individual whose anthropometric dimensions were outside those set for pilots by the CF was refused a request to retrain as a pilot after spending some years as an navigator. The documents relating to cockpit accommodation indicate that the current selection standard is not based on physical restrictions imposed by aircraft in the CF inventory but rather on a populsion of pilots and navigators that were on strength in the early 60s. Had it been based on current aircraft cockpit restrictions, the limits would be more restrictive than they now are. The reason the standard "works" is that it puts lower and upper bounds that are "reasonable" from various perspectives. Although pilot candidates are required to be within those limits of stature, thigh length, sitting height and leg length, those dimensions do not appear to be checked periodically once they have been admitted. As a consequence of growth between the screening age of say 18 to the age of 25 (when individuals cease to grow) pilots that are on strength may well exceed the standard limits. A review of the 1985 survey of pilots and navigators has shown that one in ten pilots was outside the selection limits in one or more dimensions. TRUNCATED
Selection standards;Cockpit compatibility
Report Number
DCIEM-TM-1999-024 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 1999
Number of Pages
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