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VF-17_Jolly
02-07-2007, 02:17 PM
AFAIK All Pilots in command sit on the Left hand side of the cockpit.

Why is this.
Is it the same as why some countries drive on the left and some drive on the right, because I was flying a Betty the other day and in that aircraft the pilot is on the right.

And Helicopter pilots sit on the right

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p-11.cAce
02-07-2007, 02:29 PM
The standard landing pattern is flown making left turns http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

JG52Karaya-X
02-07-2007, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
The standard landing pattern is flown making left turns http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Yep!

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VF-17_Jolly
02-07-2007, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
The standard landing pattern is flown making left turns http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Far enough, but is that because the pilot is sat on the left in the first place. What I mean is did left hand landing pattern come about BECAUSE the pilot was positioned on the left (chicken and egg)
most early aircraft were single seat or Tandam seating

also did japanese airfields have a left hand landing pattern with the Betty pilot sitting on the right http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

VF-17_Jolly
02-07-2007, 02:49 PM
I think i have found my own answer

PILOT IN COMMAND SEATING POSITION:
1. AIRPLANES " The PIC normally sits on the LEFT " Evolved from the maritime rule that states
vessels approaching head-on must pass to the right of each other. Sitting on the left provided the best
view when passing at close quarters such as in a harbor. It is curious that most all present-day pleasure
boats seat the driver on the right.
2. HELICOPTERS " The PIC normally sits on the RIGHT " The first successful helicopters (developed
by Igor Sikorsky) had a single "collective" / throttle control located between the two pilots. Both pilots
were provided a control stick ("cyclic"). Since it was more desirable to operate
the stick with the right hand and the collective with the left hand, the PIC
would normally sit on the right. Most modern helicopters have a collective
installed on the left side of both pilot seats, but the custom
continues. Many manufacturers also place slightly more fuel on
the left side of the helicopter to help balance the load when the
pilot is the only one on board.

This still doesn`t explain the right hand Betty

PBNA-Boosher
02-07-2007, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by p-11.cAce:
The standard landing pattern is flown making left turns http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Most of the virtual flyers here don't have the experience we do in flying real aircraft, though. I'm sure there are many of our number who avoid any patternwork at all, preferring to go straight in and cut off the AI. (Not to say I blame them, I'd lovingly cut off the AI!)

Nimits
02-07-2007, 08:03 PM
Well, the default AI landing pattern is too long and drawn out for my taste, alot longer than the overhead patterns used by modern US tactical aircraft. I am not sure what the exact standard landing pattern for land-based WWII fighter was, but I would be willing to bet it generally did not use such a long final as we have in PF.