If you know everything about how to operate a plane/helicopter, but you’ve never flown one. Could you just get into one and fly it?
- SkyLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
Not without great risk of crashing. It's unlikely that your flight simulator would be an exact replica of the particular plane you're trying to fly, and certainly no book is going to teach you about that specific aircraft. No flight simulator can teach you the real world, seat-of-the-pants feel to flying to understand exactly how the aircraft handles. You'd have to know all about weather to know you're not headed into a towering cumulus (which may develop into a thunderstorm) or severe icing conditions. You'd have to know all the regulations to follow, especially if you're flying in controlled airspace. You'd have to know what frequencies to tune in to talk to someone and know if there's any air traffic around to see and avoid. You'd have to know what all the various aircraft speeds are: stall speeds, maneuvering speed, minimum control airspeed (more pertinent with twin engine planes in case of engine failure), landing speeds, etc. You'd need to know how to handle any emergencies that come up. And you'd have to know how to do a proper approach, flare, and landing without smashing the plane up, all of which come with that seat-of-the-pants feel and experience through actual real world training with a flight instructor. There are countless things that can go wrong if you don't go through proper flight instruction with both air work and ground classes.Source(s): airplane pilot since 1995
- Jay MLv 49 months ago
Me personally? Sure I could... but I am a special case that knows about space craft and warp drives along with parachutes on plastic army men.
The plane? probably not
The helicopter? absolutely not
The helicopter that is .25 cents in front of Walmart? LET HER RIP!!!!
- TomLv 79 months ago
Likely not-----You knew a lot about CARS before you drove one also. You need to get a "Feel" for the controls, how much force to apply, what kinds of DELAYS in response to expect., etc.
- ZackLv 79 months ago
If you had a lot of knowledge about planes (ex: the controls and what they do, stall speed, takeoff and landing speed, etc.) and you were to get into a small single engine plane (ex: C-172) on a calm sunny day with little air traffic and then fly around for a short time, you MIGHT be able to takeoff and land safely with no instructor. However:
1. You probably wouldn't be following the proper procedures from takeoff - landing.
2. If a weather issue or plane failure occurred, you would be in trouble.
3. The landing probably won't be great. It might be rough, you might fly over the runway for quite some time before landing, you might fly up and down over the runway, you might not be centered with the runway, etc.
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- MercuryLv 79 months ago
Most likely you will kill yourself.
- StarryskyLv 79 months ago
There have been cases of people piloting to a survivable landing in real life. A woman with zero experience had her pilot husband pass out at altitude. With help from an instructor on the radio, she landed on a runway. Plane was damaged, but she survived. Her husband was dead. Read below about a test run of zero experience (but with a backup pilot on board).
With ILS, FMS, autopilot and auto throttle settings, perhaps even a blind person could land a 777 or an A320 on a large airport runway. Computer systems can take a modern passenger aircraft from departure takeoff to rollout at destination. https://www.wired.com/story/boeing-autonomous-plan...Source(s): https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports... My friend, a private pilot, was on his last check ride before first solo flight that same day. As he flared out above runway, his seat collapsed and he fell back into the rear of the 172. The instructor saved them. Turns out someone took out the seat just before, and did not put the bolts back in when replacing it.
- Anonymous9 months ago
Just not possible you need hands on experiance only gained whilst taking lessons.
even the pretend pilots such as sky and Rob sticky will agree!
- Trump 2020Lv 79 months ago
Yes. Living long enough to tell anyone about it, NO.
- PercyqtedLv 79 months ago
Book learning is good. Hands-on learning is vital.
- Tracy LLv 710 months ago
Hate to say this but if "you’ve never flown one" you really DO NOT " know everything about how to operate a plane/helicopter"... how could you possibly?Source(s): Experience in life.
- mokrieLv 710 months ago
Probably not. You need to learn the proper pressure or touch with the controls. Just knowing about a brake and gas peddle in a car does not make a person know how to use them.