PILOT STATURE IN RELATION TO COCKPIT SIZE: A HIDDEN FACTOR IN NAVY JET AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS
NAVAL SAFETY CENTER NORFOLK VA
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A recent anthropometric survey of U. S. Navy pilots showed their average height to be significantly taller than that of the non-Navy population who provided the measurement standards around which most contemporary aircraft cockpit dimensions are based. Taller individuals among Navy pilots, therefore, probably would have more difficulty than shorter ones in operating the aircraft, and one would expect this handicap to be reflected in their respective susceptibility to mishaps. Analysis of 680 jet accidents disclosed that pilots exceeding 72 inches were disproportionately represented P.01 in pilot- factor accidents. Implications for pilot selection and assignment are discussed.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations