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March 31, 2013

Guy Flies Cessna 172 with only Flight Simulator Experience

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I am sure most of us have tried some flight simulators. I must admit that I haven’t tried one since the early 90s, back then there were lots of knobs and dials that were needed to keep you in the air flying normally. I am sure they have advanced a ton since then since I wouldn’t have thought that any amount of practice would have sufficiently gave me the knowledge to actually fly a real plane though. This guy used a flight simulator to gain all of his experience! After a bunch of simulator attempts he was finally ready to attempt an actual flight. He had a flight instructor sitting beside him just in case things went wrong, but as you will see he was able to get it in the air, fly a pattern around the Las Vegas airport and land successfully. The instructor handled the conversation needed between the plane and tower, he also handled taxing the plane out to the runway.


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12 Responses to “Guy Flies Cessna 172 with only Flight Simulator Experience”

  1. Anthony Says:

    I know of two cases where it was done with no simulator training at all. Only read books. One was at night by himself at 14 years of age.

  2. geeesh Says:

    Um… this isn’t news. I have seen this a million times. You can actually use MS Flight Sim. To get an hour or two of time put towards your license. I have been around people who flew nothing but Sims get into Aces and similar “rent a fighter pilot duel” experiences where with no real pilot experience, the sim pilots wipe the floor with civilian pilots who have decades of experience.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Who was the guy that actually did this? In case you have never been in a Cessna like this you may drop within a second 20ft +/- , and it will definitely make you pucker up.

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Anthony, That’s crazy!

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    His Youtube handle is T.Sparks.

  6. Anthony Says:

    First attempt was good. Second one not so good. If it had been daytime both would have probably been good.


  7. Jon Says:

    I’ve flown planes many times in GTA, I wonder how well I would do?? haha

  8. Anthony Says:

    I have been an instructor for 27 years. I have trained hundreds of pilots. It is all in your head. If you think you can or if you think you can not, you are right. There have been numerous cases where the pilot became incapacitated and a non trained passenger landed the aircraft. This would not be as likely in a helicopter. See the video below.



  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Anthony,

    Wow that helicopter crash was crazy. Looks like it takes a lot of finesse to fly one.

  10. David R Says:

    Flying is not that hard. Doing it correctly is. Just taking off, and flying around a single airport is easy! Going cross country flight, AND full tower communications is where it gets hard……So…woo.

  11. Anthony Says:

    It is like most other things. It is about 90% what you know. Flying the plane or helicopter or driving a car is the easy part. The knowledge is the more time consuming and boring part.

  12. David R Says:

    Yeah, I’m reading Rod Machado’s book for PPL (ya know, one day)…..and I fall asleep every chapter. :-/ And I’m not in to the hard stuff yet!

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