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Way Too Many People Believe They Could Successfully Land an Airplane

Way Too Many People Believe They Could Successfully Land an Airplane

If deep down you think you could successfully land a plane despite any proper training, you’re not alone.

A recent survey found that approximately one-third of American adults believe they have the skills to safely land a passenger airplane — with confidence levels flying to nearly 50% among male respondents.

Sure, there are dozens of heroic tales of passengers stepping up in a time of crisis. Take Darren Harrison, for instance, who managed to land a twin-engine aircraft in Florida with air traffic control’s guidance. However, it’s worth noting that such incidents typically involve smaller, simpler planes — not a 747.

Piloting the big boys requires an intricate balance of precise controls, constant communication with air traffic control and adherence to many regulations. Many experts argue that if someone has never learned the basics of flying, their chances of successfully landing a passenger aircraft — even with air traffic control’s help — are close to zero.

So, while flight simulators and video games might give you a taste of the aviation world, for now, it’s best to leave piloting to the professionals.

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