Shin Clearance in the Hawk Mk115

Dégagement du Tibia dans le Hawk Mk115


  1. Meunier, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
In April 2006, the Canadian Forces (CF) transitioned to a new anthropometric selection standard for pilots. The new standard bases acceptance and rejection on whether individuals are physically compatible with the cockpits of all current aircraft; the previous standard was not aircraft-specific. As a result, cockpit compatibility assessments are not currently available for student pilots who were admitted under the previous standard and are now undergoing training. In July 2007, a pilot slated to train on the Hawk suspected he was too large for the cockpit. This prompted a series of events including an anthropometric assessment of current Hawk pilots and a review of the screening process and limits currently in place. Ten pilots from 15 Wing and an external pilot were recruited to participate in a field trial designed to assess the shin clearance limits of the Hawk Mk 115. Clearance measurements between the shins and the main instrument panel were taken with the seat completely down or up, in summer and winter clothing. The minimum distance between the shins and the instrument panel was recorded with the rudder pedals in neutral and full left positions. In addition, the largest subject was assessed in the Hawk ejection trainer. The objective was twofold: 1) to observe the effect of seat movement on shin clearance and 2) to determine whether the trainer could be used as a cockpit compatibility assessment tool. The results indicate that there is scope for a small increase in th

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cockpit accommodation, anthropometry, human systems integration
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2007-129 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 2008
Number of Pages
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