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Rejected as a pilot because of leg length…
Pilot Career - Medical Examination
Monday, 07 February 2011 15:57

Dear Captain Lim,

I had a chance to go through Cathay Pacific's interview recently. After making it all the way through to the management interview and uniform measurement, I was rejected by having too short of leg length at the company's medical exam.

I met the airline's height requirement but was personally told by the company doctor that I did not meet the company's standard on leg length (100cm from the back) by 3cm.

Is this really possible??? I applied for a pilot position, not a professional model for the company. I thought that the company would be accommodating of a technical minor details like this considering Cathay is supposedly an international company.

I was very surprised to hear something like this also because I was very far into the selection process.

I would appreciate your comment.

Hirokazu,


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Dear Hirokazu,

It is true that you can be rejected even though you may satisfy the height requirement to become a pilot. You see, a standard leg length is imposed by Cathay to ensure pilots are able to safely control the rudder pedals for the planes in the airlines. If the legs are too short you may not able to apply the force required to control the plane in case of an engine failure.

In some airlines, candidates in marginal cases are given an opportunity to be examined in the flight simulator to check the reach of their legs against the rudder pedals but I am not sure if Cathay is prepared to entertain your case.


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