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Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Would you trust your life to a simulator(game)?

CyberLord Seven writes: The Washington Post has an article on a proposed new standard that would allow co-pilots, and co-pilots only, to gain most of their flight experience through flight simulators rather than through actual flight on smaller planes.

If this passes will we one day be able to train as co-pilots on the living room couch in our underwear on our brand new Nintendo Ding-A-Ling?

On a more serious note, will this be safe? As the article states, co-pilots perform many of the same tasks as pilots. One of my friends is a commercial pilot. Back when he was a co-pilot, flying from California to Hawaii, he used to tell me that he and the Captain would switch off on flying the plane. One would fly to Hawaii, and the other would fly back to California. Now before the flamers get started, please recognize that this is anecdotal and that I doubt that it was as simple as I just stated. Still it makes me wonder.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.