Settle A Bet: Could he land a Cessna?
My friend at work is an avid MS Flight Simulator user, and has made the bold claim that he could take off, circle around, and land successfully a real Cessna 150 airplane, on the first try. He's never flown an actual plane. He says he has so many hours on the flight simulator that he is very confident he could pull this off. He's not sure, but claims he would be way better than 50-50 to do it without crashing.
We both know this could never actually be tried, and admits he'd never try it even he knew some dude in Mexico with a plane. But, he says we might be able to rent some time in a full size flight simulator to settle bet. I don't know, are there such things available to rent time in?
He has stipulations, saying it would only be a test of his flying. No communications required, no taxiing, good weather, low winds, no other ground or air traffic, etc. The plane would have all the checks complete, and plenty of fuel and the test would start with the plane at a stop on the runway, idling, pointing down the runway.
He says the Cessna 150 is one of the easiest planes to fly, and although he'd have to get the feel of it in quick hurry, he could still do it. He's says he's reached Instrument Rating certification on MS Flight Simulator.
What would be his chances of successfully accomplishing this? No chance? Easy? 50-50?
Tell me, should I make this bet and try to find a simulator to rent time in?
Thanks for any thoughts.