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Bruce Gorrell [EQY]
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Andy Alson (HPN/NY)]
      #336230 - 02/24/12 09:48 PM

I haven't been left handed as long as Ward has, but I have never had a problem in the last 50 years. That's why airplanes have trim.

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Anne Umphrey (KBED)
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Ray Tackett]
      #336278 - 02/25/12 12:06 PM

I sometimes take my left hand off the CP and hold the cyclic with it briefly to give my right hand a rest. Especially since I sprained the hand it sometimes cramps or freezes in position if I don't waggle the fingers once in a while. No danger in flying, just uncomfortable.

When I am flying long distances sometimes I lay my left hand on my leg with only a couple fingers on the CP to be able to grab it if necessary, or to prevent it from drifting up or down.

Anne

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rheisner
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Bruce Gorrell [EQY]]
      #336455 - 02/27/12 11:30 AM

Quote:

I haven't been left handed as long as Ward has, but I have never had a problem in the last 50 years. That's why airplanes have trim.



Further proof that left or right handed matters not, the E-2, S-3 and all S-2 models were flown with the left hand regardless. OTOH it is easier to clear yourself left in a stick control cockpit which explains the proclivity for most to turn left. I used to practice turning right in a merge to take advantage of the "left turners". I also have about 500 carrier traps left handed and about the same right.

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Terry Carraway
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: rheisner]
      #336463 - 02/27/12 01:39 PM

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Further proof that left or right handed matters not, the E-2, S-3 and all S-2 models were flown with the left hand regardless.




Even from the right seat?

I know the S-2 was flown with two pilots in two front seats.

I think the S-3 moved to an NFO in the right seat.

Yeah, a right turn would mess up MANY people. :)

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Richard Duxbury (Dux)
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #336635 - 02/28/12 09:54 PM

Well, the subject is mostly moot for Dux.

In the USN flying (5,900 hours counting USNR), in multi engine patrol, the flying pilot was always in the left seat.

If I gave a landing to my copilots in the P5M. P2V, or P-3, we would change seats so the landing (or takeoff) pilot was in the left seat. That also meant that the landing pilot would learn to taxi the aircraft.

Not so with my commercial experience at Northwest. We would usually switch the "leg" between the Captain and Copilot -but not the seats. The Captain always did the taxi stuff. That's about 14,000 hours, which is not a lot for many airline pilots. (I did a lot of non flying air safety/accident investigation stuff at Northwest/ALPA).

Thus, (IMO) the left hand, right hand stuff is, as I noted, mostly moot.

Regards,

Dux -went to a well attended retired NWA pilot picnic today in PHX (Falcon Field) -it was the coldest day in two weeks.For Randy, it was not snowing.


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Randy Sohn
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Richard Duxbury (Dux)]
      #336642 - 02/28/12 10:37 PM

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Dux -went to a well attended retired NWA pilot picnic today in PHX (Falcon Field) -it was the coldest day in two weeks.For Randy, it was not snowing.




Dux, freezing rain here right now. Adm. Andy is gonna get worse (if the forecaster - aerologist? to you - is correct).

best, randy


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Joe Budge (W29)
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Richard Duxbury (Dux)]
      #336646 - 02/28/12 11:23 PM

Quote:

That's about 14,000 hours, which is not a lot for many airline pilots. (I did a lot of non flying air safety/accident investigation stuff at Northwest/ALPA).




Dux, you don't have to apologize for 14,000 hours!

Regards,
Joe
(1,386 hours and still pedalling..)


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Randy Sohn
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Joe Budge (W29)]
      #336648 - 02/28/12 11:54 PM

Quote:

Quote:

That's about 14,000 hours, which is not a lot for many airline pilots. (I did a lot of non flying air safety/accident investigation stuff at Northwest/ALPA).




Dux, you don't have to apologize for 14,000 hours!

Regards,
Joe
(1,386 hours and still pedalling..)




Joe, besides that, JD always called it "dozin' for dollars". <g>

best, randy


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Paul Millner [OAK]
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Andy Alson (HPN/NY)]
      #340882 - 04/20/12 06:04 PM

>> he needs to copy a clearance

So... Where in the NextGen plan are GA clearances digitally to the cockpit?

Paul, fixing to ADS-B equip mode


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Randy Sohn
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Re: left handed IFR pilot [Re: Richard Duxbury (Dux)]
      #340908 - 04/20/12 10:45 PM

Quote:

left hand, right hand stuff is, as I noted, mostly moot.




Came back here late, I guess, Ed Thompson and Frank Moss (re that Florida DC-7 in an Eastern paint job) came by the house to BS awhile, I always wondered why (when I was first hired) those captains never ever left their Jepp kitbag out'a their sight. So I asked Ed when he was by here why? Figured it must've been because they must'a had a pistol in there. So I asked Ed if he'd ever carried a gun? He replied "Well, sure - didn't you?"

The point of this, I guess, is my thought - "There's nothing more dangerous than a left handed captain or a right handed co-pilot".

best, randy


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