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Rando
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Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Having a discussion with a buddy of mine, I say could take off, fly, and land a small aircraft.

I say I couldn't fly a helicopter if my life depended on it.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I could land a plane, surviving the landing is a different question


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I cant even fly a remote control aircraft. I may as well just shoot myself after i sit in the cockpit of a real plane


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
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Having a discussion with a buddy of mine, I say could take off, fly, and land a small aircraft.


Watching Top Gun 15 times convinced you that the shite was easy?


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
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with a buddy of mine

tell your mom we said hi


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I played some very realistic flight simulators complete with realistic controllers.

Could I fly a commercial jet? No.

Could I maybe take off in a small personal aircraft? Maybe. But no way I could keep it in the air, much less land it.
This post was edited on 10/26 at 3:30 pm


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Walt OReilly
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Uh no


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Are you getting talked through it by an expert, or just completely on your own?


Mythbusters actually did a special on landing a plane in the case of a pilot emergency. Without instruction, everyone crashed miserably. With instruction from the tower, they all landed the plane. If I remember right. I don't think anyone without training or guidance is going to take off, fly, and land a small plane successfully.


Helicopter... no chance.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
yes, and anyone else who could get past that part on Top Gun (NES) where you had to get gas while flying would say the same thing.

Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vetEg8J-wcw/hqdefault.jpg


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I saw a video of a drunk guy at an air show run out of the crowd and jump in a plane that was getting ready to take off. It looked like he did it pretty easily. He may have had some training but I doubt it. I don't think there's much to it.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Colton Harris Moore taught himself to fly well enough to steal airplanes solely through Youtube videos and Microsoft Flight Simulator LINK


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nes2010
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I could. I learned from Grand Theft Auto. Totally the same thing.


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
I think I could take off and fly a small Cessna type plane.

I don't think I have the skill set to land it, though. So, I guess the answer is, no.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Depends on the plane and how much runway I'd be working with for takeoff. I'd f up that plane and probably die trying to land though.

A helicopter - no way. I've heard it's a steeper learning curve than flying a plane.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Helicopter is extremely hard. Pedals and cyclic are extremely touchy and then you have to worry about the collective.

I couldn’t fly an R-44 in a straight line using pedals and cyclic, much less land the thing.

I have flown ultra light aircrafts with no formal training. Easy to take off, fly, and land. Never tried in a Cessna or anything.


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Rando
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
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tell your mom we said hi




Former pilot for Governor EE.

But whatever makes you feel better.


Napoleon
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Anyone can take off in a small plane with no crosswind, you literally just give it gas and pull back(but not too far) if you've ever flown it's amazing how easy it is to take off.
Now crosswind changes everything.
Landing isn't hard it just takes a lot more skill.

A helicopter hell no. I did one lesson and it was a bitch.
Cyclic, collective the pedals, helicopters takea lot more attention and the ability to feel what you are doing. Flying a plane is easier than driving a car and landing is on par with parallel parking.


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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
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landing is on par with parallel parking.


Well frick.


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Napoleon
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Remote control planes are much much harder.
(I'm not talking jets)


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crispyUGA
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re: Do you think you could fly a plane with no formal training? A helicopter?
Plane:
-Take-off: Maybe, leaning towards no
-in-flight: I think I could probably keep it in the air so long as visibility and weather conditions were good
-Landing: No survivors

Helicopter:
-frick NO


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