Sizing up the candidate pool

Canadian Forces use technology to find pilots who fit planes
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/26/2006

Last year, a man who failed the physical dimensions standards to be a Canadian Forces’ pilot because he was too short, lodged a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

He claimed the air force’s anthropometric, or physical, standards for pilots, based on a survey of male pilots in the 1960s, discriminated against candidates based on height.

“Clearly the standards we had before were too old and outdated,” said Lt.-Col. Donald Albert, director of personnel development for the air force. “We were rejecting a number of applicants that otherwise could have been good applicants.”