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Are there any height restrictions for one to become a pilot?
Pilot Career - Height
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 19:42

Hi Capt Lim,

I am an Electronic Engineer, graduated in 1999 and 28 years old now. My life time dream is to become an airline pilot. After graduation, I went for an interview with SIA once and twice with MAS. All of them turned me down even before they gave me a chance to prove my ability and my interest in becoming a pilot. I did sit for the psychomotor test once and managed to pass it.

The main reason for the rejection was because I was short by 1 cm according to MAS standard (163 cm) and 3 cm by SIA standard (165 cm). I am 162 cm tall.

My job requires me to travel extensively throughout South East Asia. I have noticed that there are many pilots, including captains of Boeing 747s who are shorter than me.

Please clarify whether there there are any International Standard for height of the pilots, either set by the UK CAA, FAA or any other governing bodies. When I browsed the Web, none of the relevant bodies highlighted the height requirements.

I need your kind explanation on this matter.



Hi Kumaran,

As far as I know, there is no height restriction in order for one to be issued with a professional pilot licence, either by the UK CAA, the FAA or any governing bodies. However, airlines on their own, may impose their requirements. So it is a matter of company policy. If you choose to fly for general aviation, your height of 162 cm is not a problem at all.

I wish you all the best in your future flying endeavor.


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HEIGHT FOR PILOT , Low-rated comment [Show]
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hai sir...my dream , Low-rated comment [Show]
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Dear Sir,
Im not credit my Math during SPM..but if I take PPL and later on pursuing to CPL..is it possible for me to do so?
my dream job... , 13 Mar, 2010
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Am i TOO Tall? , Low-rated comment [Show]
sir i am just 17years of age my height is 5.4ft please sir is this o.k and must i be 18years+ to go to an aviation coollege
Olalere precious Steven , 29 Aug, 2010
my height is 5'5'' foot...is it enough???
Nilesh , 01 Sep, 2010
Height Problem , Low-rated comment [Show]
Student pilot
Hey everyone, my name is Andrew and I'm currently a student pilot attending college, I've had my pilot's license for almost 4 years and have gotten to know quite a few people (including pilots) in the aviation industry. From what i can understand there is absolutely no fixed height minimum or maximum. To put it simply, the only way height becomes an issue is if you are too tall or too short to safely operate and aircraft. and since all aircraft are different, it is impossibly to have a general height standard for aviation. if you are concerned about your height, im sure you could research cockpit dimensions of the type of aircraft you hope to end up on, or maybe find a form in which you can talk to a pilot of the type of aircraft you are interested in. They should be able to make a few suggestions regarding height.
hope this helped
Andrew , 16 Feb, 2011
tall and study , Low-rated comment [Show]
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my height
hi sir,
my height is 152 cm and my age is about 15.can i an be a piolot.
sidharth , 28 Dec, 2011
join emirates
hi sir am pranav i am in 9 th now and i want to become a pilot for emirates airlines so can you tell me the further procedure.
pranav , 23 Jan, 2012
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hi everyone,
Im cp.sheena khan and i have gone through your problems.Well,where as i think you must not leave your hopes and Im sure if you keep practing like this, you will soon acheive your goals
Just remember- you can do this.
thank you!smilies/wink.gif
sheena khan , 01 May, 2012
i want to be a pilot
hi, my height only 155 cm . can i be a pilot?
reen , 29 Jun, 2012
I think its depend on what aviation you wanted to join, and sure, with moneys and a rabbit hole, you can bypass this requirement (if you know what i mean):
Height (inches): 66 - 78
Height (cm): 167 - 198
Weight: 56.8 - 94.0 Kg
Functional reach (shoulders to thumb-tip): 740-900 mm
Sitting height: 865-1010 mm
Buttock knee: 560-660 mm
Buttock - heel: 1000-1200mm
(source: ask.yahoo.com)

I am about 170 cm, and I've saw some pilot are about some cm shorter and much fatter than it should be.
dude you don't need to know me , 24 Apr, 2013
Why are pilots supposed to be tall
Tshwarelo , 19 May, 2013
1. pilots need a certain leg length so the need to be tall @ ms
2. u see fat pilots, do consider if they where fat while joining. i bet not
3. u see shorter pilots cause back then there where very few pilots and demand was higher. now its the other way round.
4. stop comparing yourself. they have a job. you need one so buckle up n do you best.
5. if ur in 9th grade or 5th or whatever and not tall enough, work towards it. swim and whatever u can
amy , 03 Aug, 2013
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hi sir.im 168 cm tall and im 18 years old.cn i be a pilot?pls reply..smilies/smiley.gif
shane prageeth , 06 Jul, 2014
Hi, am 157cm tall, I don't know if I would be allowed into the pilot school
miracle , 14 Nov, 2014
Am 157cm tall, I don't know if I would be allowed into the private pilot school
miracle , 14 Nov, 2014
confused same
im 165cm. im studying 12th. may be in 2months i may grow for more 3cms. can i enter air school??//
Karthik Leone , 19 Feb, 2015

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