CRJ200 Airline Pilot

The personal experiences, thoughts of an CRJ captain


CRJ200 – Aircraft Dimensions

Posted by Jeffrey on October 12, 2008

CRJ200 Aircraft Dimensions

CRJ200 Aircraft Dimensions

The CRJ200 is not a big airplane but then it’s not a small airplane either.

With a max takeoff weight of 53,000 lbs and a max landing weight of 47,000 lbs, I’d say it is still a good size airplane. And for those of you who are transitioning from small multi-engine airplanes, you are going to be busy for awhile as you learn how to control the automatic flight control system (AFCS) and how to fly the airplane.

To get a jumpstart on learning the CRJ200, pick up the Bombardier CRJ 200 Cockpit Poster with EFIS & EICAS Displays. Super high quality and a great learning tool.

The CRJ200 is fast and covers a lot of ground very quickly and if you aren’t on top of it, you might be hanging off the tail during the whole flight just trying to catch up.

As for the aircraft dimensions, it’s ironic, but as much as things change, they tend to remain the same.

If you are just stepping up to the CRJ200, you will be thinking to yourself, “I made it!” You might be thinking as well that now you don’t have to learn those minute details that you had to learn about the Cessna or the Baron you flew. But…surprise…surprise…right after you finish indoc, what is the first thing you learn? That’s right, the dimensions of the airplane you will fly. And for good reason. In order to fly the airplane, you have to first be safe on the ground and that requires knowing the length , width, and height of the airplane you are flying.

Unlike the smaller airplane you were flying, where you could see the wing tips, on the CRJ200, you almost have to physically turn in your seat just to see the wing tip.

Also, learning the CRJ200 aircraft dimensions is also a “right-of-passage” and the logical beginning to learning about any airplane and will be the first question asked when you go to upgrade.

The CRJ200 Basic Aircraft Dimensions:

  • Wingtip to wingtip – Approx. 21′
  • Top of tail to bottom of tires – Approx. 19′
  • Nose to back of tail – Approx. 87′

So you can see, it is a fairly big airplane. Respect its size and drive with caution on the ground and you will keep you, your passengers, and your airplane safe. Always clear turns visually, check for moving vehicles and be vigilant about your surroundings. When the weather gets worse, be even more diligent about your surroundings during ground movement.

Till next time…

P.S. If there is something you would like me to write about, just send me an email, cospilot at And don’t forget to subscribe to my feed or get email updates. The link is in the top left corner of this page.

Recommended book: The Turbine Pilot’s Flight Manual – Everything a pilot is expected to know when transitioning to turbine-powered aircraft. Includes bonus CD-ROM.


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