Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Pilot?

By: Jody Mabry

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Pilot?
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About This Quiz

Being a pilot takes experience, education, and years of practice to be able to handle the stress and rigors of aviation. Whether you want to be a commercial pilot hopping from city-to-city or an ace in the military, being 30,000 feet in the air is an amazing thrill! Take this quiz to see if you have what it takes to be a pilot!
How do you feel while looking up at a skyscraper from the ground?
I love it!
I've wet my pants doing that.
I get pretty dizzy.
I've never done that before.

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Have you flown before?
Oh yes, many times.
Never. That's crazy! Those wings don't even flap.
A few times.
Only in a simulator.

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What is your favorite thing about flying?
It is a lot faster than driving.
Soda and peanuts.
You mean besides that kid screaming in my ears? Just kidding, I love meeting random people.
Skymall.

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How many years of post high school education are you willing to put into a career?
Two years.
Whatever it takes.
I don't know, I'm busy as it is.
I can probably fit in at least four years.

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You have a big project due tomorrow, and are only partially through it. What do you do?
Work overnight and without sleep if I need to.
I go to bed and tell everyone I'm extending the due date.
I take an hour nap and try to plug through with no guarantees.
I have no idea.

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What do you want the captain of a plane to give you if you were to check out the cockpit?
I want to sit in the co-pilots chair.
Maybe a free drink. No, I'm not talking about the pop.
A pair of those awesome plastic wings. I'll be the coolest coworker in the office.
His hat. Because I'm going to vomit at around 20,000 feet.

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You're flying a plane and you see a bird bounce off the front window. What do you do?
Nothing. We won.
I freak the heck out! That's what I do!
I might cringe a little.
I'd see if there are more birds coming.

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There are a ton of instruments on a plane. What do you think about that?
No problem. I let my knowledge and training take over.
Oh, boy...
I'm cool as a cucumber.
Sure, I'll have to change my sweaty shirt, but I got this.

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Which is your favorite flying movie?
"Top Gun"
"Airplane"
"Iron Eagle"
"Memphis Belle"

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What percent convinced are you that you want to be a pilot?
100%
This is gettin' real isn't it?
75%
90%

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How well do you handle roller coasters?
The more twists, turns and dives, the better.
Well, I like the ones that don't move.
I like everything except for that big climb and dive.
Aside from the vomiting I love them.

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What would your pilot nickname be?
Ace.
Screamy McScreamerson.
Atta Boy!
Floyd.

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How many flight hours do you think you need before you know everything?
Yeah, I'll never know EVERYTHING.
100 is good for me.
500.
1,000 should do it.

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What is the most determined thing you've done this year?
Well, I got my PhD, so there's that.
Getting out of bed 365 days.
I got a new job and am nailin' it.
I joined a dating service.

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What do you do if you are flying and everything around you is going nuts?
I keep on flying.
Grab the parachute.
I keep on keepin' on... whatever that means.
I try to calm all the fires at once.

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What kind of pilot do you want to be?
A fighter pilot.
A crop duster.
A commercial pilot.
I like my little Cessna.

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Which of your personality traits would stand out as a pilot?
I keep it cool.
I think best when I am panicking.
I have a good bedside manner.
I'm a strong leader who likes to pass out donuts at the beginning of the flight.

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What do you think about turbulence?
I think it's kind of fun.
Scares me to no end.
I'll admit it's a bit creepy.
I'm okay with it. Not cool with it, but okay with it.

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What would scare you most about a plane?
Lightening.
Strong turbulence.
Flying over the ocean.
Leaving the cockpit to find that the entire airplane is empty - except for me.

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Which weather do you think has the lowest visibility?
Mist.
Fog.
Light rain.
Haze.

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Why would you want to become a pilot?
I love the idea of flying.
I want to control my own fate.
It's a great way to pick people up at the bar.
I saw a movie once.

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What was your favorite flight simulator game as a kid?
"Flight Simulator"
"Air Combat"
"Microsoft Flight"
"Birds of Steel"

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How well do you work on teams?
I'm a great team player.
I don't work well with others.
I'm an amazing team player as long as people do what I tell them to.
I guess I'm okay.

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Which field of study do you think will benefit you most as a pilot?
Mathematics.
Leadership training.
Aerodynamics.
Pig-Latin.

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What do your friends think about you wanting to be a pilot?
They are down!
My friends laugh at me. Then they laugh a little more.
I haven't told anyone yet.
I really don't care.

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How good are your time management skills?
Time management is my jam.
Can I answer that later?
Good, as long as I have a distant deadline.
Not as good as I would like.

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Do you enjoy travel?
Love it!
I am more of a homebody, but I'll sometimes travel as far as Target.
I enjoy going away for vacation.
Yes, but I don't travel much.

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Have you lived in many different places?
I've lived in several states and a couple countries.
I've lived in one city, but a ton of apartments.
I still live in my hometown.
As a kid I was a military brat - so yeah.

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What are your opinions of auto-pilot?
I use it when I can, but am always on the ready.
If I were a pilot I would feel that auto-pilot was designed to steal my job.
I wouldn't trust auto-pilot.
I think it's great for just flying, but leave the take-off and landing to me.

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Which of these adrenaline rush activities are you totally down for?
Sky diving.
Bungee jumping.
Parkour.
Red light, green light.

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