Assessment of the anthropometric accommodation requirements of non-pilot aircrew in the CC-150 Polaris, CP-140 Aurora, CH-149 Cormorant and CC-130 Hercules aircraft

Exigences anthropométriques pour le personnel navigant dans le CC-150 Polaris, CP-140 Aurora, CH-149 Cormorant et CC-130 Hercules

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Authors
  1. Meunier, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In February 2002, the Director General Military Human Resource Policy and Planning (DGMHRPP) cancelled the Canadian Forces (CF) enrolment minimum height standard. It was concluded that “the Canadian Forces can no longer justify or defend this specific limitation (of 152 cm) on enrolment as a general standard,” although it had successfully defended it in the past. While the past arguments centered on the limited accommodation range of equipment and the liability that ill-fitting equipment had on the individual or a group (e.g. Nuclear Biological Chemical protection), these were no longer as valid today as they were back then; newer equipment “has a wider range of sizes, adjustable seating in most vehicles, etc..” The Director General advised that “should a minimum height requirement be required, it must be occupation specific and be reflected in the occupational specifications.” Going forward, the CF requires “well supported and a defensible argument(s) that establish restriction(s) as a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement (BFOR).” This report summarizes the work that was done to establish limits of accommodation for non-pilot aircrew, specifically Flight Engineers, Load Masters, Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators, and Flight Attendants. The results show that minimum heights are indeed required for these occupations.

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Keywords
anthropometry, workspace accommodation, aircrew selection
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2008-015 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2010
Number of Pages
73
DSTKIM No
CA034617
CANDIS No
534352
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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