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How many left handers fly helicopters?

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Poll: How Many Left Handed Pilots Fly Helis? (28 member(s) have cast votes)

Are you predominantly left or right handed?

  1. Left Handed (12 votes [42.86%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  2. Right Handed (16 votes [57.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

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#1 TomPPL

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 15:32

I've had this thought for a while now, my personal guess is that there will be a higher percentage of left handers flying when compared to the general populace.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 15:44

I’m right handed.
I tried Robinson left seat, cyclic with the left hand and right seat collective with the right hand...not my game. Did it just to get the feel of how counterintuitive it must be to be a southpaw learning to fly.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 15:49

I’m right handed.
I tried Robinson left seat, cyclic with the left hand and right seat collective with the right hand...not my game. Did it just to get the feel of how counterintuitive it must be to be a southpaw learning to fly.

 

I've never thought about that before, bet it was the strangest feeling ever..!



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Posted 15 August 2018 - 16:48

As awkward as can be
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 17:00

I find it to be relatively easier.

 

The difference between left and right handed pilots is that Left handed pilots are obviously left hand dominate, yet (at least in my experience) have learned to use their right hand quite frequently in life as almost everything handed-related is built with a right handed person in mind; thus lefties get to practice using both hands more frequently.

 

Good question though. I was thinking a lot about this literally last week lol.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 18:06

I’m right handed.
I tried Robinson left seat, cyclic with the left hand and right seat collective with the right hand...not my game. Did it just to get the feel of how counterintuitive it must be to be a southpaw learning to fly.


Yeah, I tried that too. Kinda like being pre-solo. I reckon you fly like you train and practice.

Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 03:49

I've always thought the side-stick controls in planes (like Cirrus) must be really odd to switch back and forth from left/right seats as the left seat has left-hand control and right seat has right-hand control.


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#8 Eric Hunt

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 05:32

It's just something you deal with. Jump from a chopper with cyclic in right and power in left, into a Beechcraft with throttles on right and control wheel in left. Or a Pilatus Porter with stick in left and throttles on right.

 

You learn different skills with different hands. (Change hands tonight and see how different it feels.)

 

There was only one left-hander on my pilots course, and he was able to fly a Huey without a problem.



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Posted 16 August 2018 - 10:21

Eric:

Change hands tonight and see how different it feels.)


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Posted 05 September 2018 - 12:10

Left sided completely never thought about it.

In piston machines I find it more difficult regarding throttle rotation compared to motor cycle.

Never thought about which seat\side with 300 \ 500 it could be either subject to model, never been a problem, never given it a thought.


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