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I'm not a pilot. Can I land a 737?

  • Published on Oct 14, 2022 veröffentlicht
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  • Tom Scott plus
    Tom Scott plus  5 months ago +5582

    For the folks who've seen Joe Hanson's video: we had the same idea at about the same time, and he got his out first! I caught up with Joe a few weeks ago at a conference, gave him a heads up, and we're all good.

    • al686
      al686 Month ago

      Nothing about gears. Why?

    • Captain Filmmaking
      Captain Filmmaking 2 months ago

      @username not at the airlines I know…

    • Peter Maddison
      Peter Maddison 2 months ago

      You should get yourself MSFS and all the gear, it's great fun, ah, and also a good top spec PC.

    • Enya Îş řâvě
      Enya Îş řâvě 3 months ago

    • Marco
      Marco 3 months ago

      Well done - And now VQPR - Paro for the next landing, please! 😉

  • GigglingChinchilla
    GigglingChinchilla 5 months ago +15057

    Very interesting to see that Tom almost immediately seems to forget it's a simulator, and genuinely seems to panic.

    • Liam Sweeney
      Liam Sweeney 16 days ago

      That's because he's a scared nerd. He has been terrified in every single potentially dangerous situation in his videos. He be afraid up a ladder.

    • Brit By name
      Brit By name Month ago

      I don’t get this …. What did he actually DO !!??

    • National Security Agency
      National Security Agency Month ago

      i’ve been in one of these before it’s actually incredibly realistic my hands where sweating while I was in control

    • Serena
      Serena 2 months ago +1

      These simulators feel way too real even with motion disengaged. With motion engaged they must be terrifying

    • Yaish Matheen
      Yaish Matheen 2 months ago

      @Adam Treaster most likely prepar3d actually, that’s what’s used commercially sometimes or some other more professional simulator

  • SimNico
    SimNico 4 months ago +4647

    As a 737 pilot myself, I can tell you that your touchdown was actually a bit hard indeed but wouldn't have been a crash landing by itself, these simulators are unable to simulate off-runway landings and it gave you a crash visual because you landed partly on the grass. Great job !

    • Maciej P.
      Maciej P. 10 days ago

      @SolidTurtle some jokes don't land, sometimes you just got to take the L

    • Chris Church
      Chris Church 12 days ago

      So a failure of the autopilot?

    • Recolic K
      Recolic K 18 days ago

      The simulator manufacturer need to buy the physical engine from EA

    • SolidTurtle
      SolidTurtle 21 day ago

      @Muck006 it is a joke, why is everyone so mad lmao

    • Muck006
      Muck006 21 day ago

      @SolidTurtle Ahhh ... the classic "it's just a joke, bro" defense ... when someone said something stupid.

  • Ouroboros612
    Ouroboros612 2 months ago +820

    "Tom I need you to listen carefully. It's not actually a simulator. We put you in an actual 737 through a secret door"

  • Steven O'Brien
    Steven O'Brien 4 months ago +376

    Mentour: "yep, that's completey normal, you can disregard that, now set the altitude knob to 3000"

  • Matthew Gumabon
    Matthew Gumabon 4 months ago +1318

    “Standby, flying…”
    Despite the stress, panic, and information overload, Tom still manages to crack out lines like this. Brilliant 😂

    • ydem1se
      ydem1se 4 months ago +16

      Rule Nr. 1: Fly the aircraft!

    • Francesco SkZ Mauro
      Francesco SkZ Mauro 4 months ago +39

      @Thorinbur "aviate, navigate, comunicate" is what Petter repeats always in his analysis

    • Thorinbur
      Thorinbur 4 months ago +82

      And that is actualy what he should be doing. I think the saying is: aviate, navigate, comunicate? As in in case of overload flying ( maintaining controll) is your primary and only concern. Then navigate, (make sure you are flying where you want and are supposed to) and lastly comunicate.

  • adenineful
    adenineful 4 months ago +407

    As someone with horrible flight anxiety, I wish I could have Petter's voice in my ear going "yep yep perfectly normal" the entire time 😅

    • Alexis Borden
      Alexis Borden Month ago +1

      As they often say the drive to the airport is more dangerous than the flight. You have nothing to worry about, there are many people paying attention and working to make sure your flight happens safely and many computers and systems designed to be as reliable as possible.

    • Albertrossy
      Albertrossy 2 months ago +1

      maybe he should do a pre-landing podcast for people about to land in a real plane XD . or i could mix him in to a song track saying that sentence over and over again for you if you like. how long do you want it to go for?

    • wanderer 77
      wanderer 77 2 months ago +3

      Save some of his videos to your phone and watch them while flying. he is reassuring about a lot of common fears in his videos

    • awnutz
      awnutz 4 months ago +1

    • Christina T.
      Christina T. 4 months ago +22

      I used to have some flight anxiety, but Petter and a lot of other aviation Clip-Share channels have helped put my mind at ease. Worth subscribing to him if you haven't!

  • DirtyScopez
    DirtyScopez 5 months ago +12418

    Tom is now qualified to be a pilot for Ryanair.

    • muppydonuts1234
      muppydonuts1234 3 days ago

      Your forgetting spirit

    • Sahil Khan Pathan
      Sahil Khan Pathan 3 days ago

      It wasn’t a Ryanair 737 that’s why he had problems

    • wisehat
      wisehat 5 days ago

      @Finn i mean there is such things as auto land yes

    • wrakowic
      wrakowic 5 days ago

      @Rohan Turn off you phones so you can't film and publish it if something goes bad 😁 Lufthansa just tried to do that after a bad turbulence (ordered people to delete their media) and they failed miserably.

  • Peileii
    Peileii 5 months ago +2177

    As a 737 Captain myself, I can say that you did a fantastic job!

    • John Airey
      John Airey Month ago

      @Mikoto some runways may have sudden drop in windspeed too removing ground effect.

    • Mikoto
      Mikoto Month ago +1

      @John Airey it’s not accidental. Ryanair doesn’t like go arounds so many prefer to slam their planes into the runway.

    • Godtiergodkiller
      Godtiergodkiller Month ago

      @Mouloudvi oh yea true, they use airbuses

    • Kmd Globe
      Kmd Globe Month ago +1

      I personally think we should not be telling young jihadi anything about flying planes / curvature of earth.

    • Toxic Killjoy
      Toxic Killjoy 2 months ago +1

      @YoungJihadi there is this thing called gravity that keeps the plane from endlessly flying off into space so it's actually riding on the air, which is why the pilot actually has to pull the stick towards him to deflect the plane enough to where it keeps straight and level flight and doesn't sink to the ground like a rock, because you know? Gravity. Not that difficult if you actually read into the concept....

  • Hywel Mallett
    Hywel Mallett 5 months ago +886

    Petter's channel is excellent, and he does super analysis of accidents. One thing that he highlights often is the confusion caused by task saturation when things are going wrong. I think Tom demonstrates this well, when on the "easy level" Petter has to remind him that if his speed was 290 knots and it is now 260 knots, then yes it is reducing.

    • Rafał Sobczyk
      Rafał Sobczyk Month ago +5

      @Dennis The Menace found the vatnik troll

    • Dennis The Menace
      Dennis The Menace Month ago

      @Alexis Borden OK, if everything is ok with boeing, why they keep loosing money year after year? They used to have rnd in moscow, and also used russian titanium. Now, no rnd in moscow, and no titanium supply. Meanwhile MC21 got certified with ПД14 engine. those are facts. Are you sure it's me who's getting the situation backwards?

    • Alexis Borden
      Alexis Borden Month ago +5

      @Dennis The Menace Ok no, you have the parts situations backwards, Boeing is still getting all of its parts that are made elsewhere and still using them ok. I don't know if they were getting Russian parts before, but they certainly have options to replace those sources. Meanwhile Russian aviation industry was getting a lot of parts from out of country and now can't and domestic industry can't produce all the required parts for operations. Regardless of what you think of the political situation, that's simply the state of each nation's respective aircraft industry.

    • My New Name
      My New Name 2 months ago +15

      @Dennis The Menace Most people don't these days, you know - for reasons. Wonder why.

    • Dennis The Menace
      Dennis The Menace 3 months ago +2

      @SpruceMaroose yes I support Russians, you have any problem with that?

  • TheComputec
    TheComputec 4 months ago +156

    I was on the edge of my seat with this one... really enjoyed it. When he was lining up for runway and missed the approach angle it was clear that his sense of scale suddenly left him. The 737's nose dipped and he immediately pulled the controls up. I think he must have thought he was 10ft off the ground. Bringing a commercial jet in to land in real life when you are a newly qualified pilot and you have 140 souls on board must be terrifying even with all the support tech and an experienced co-pilot sat next to you. I have the utmost respect for these guys.

    • Jivan Pal
      Jivan Pal 4 months ago +13

      *_"Bringing a commercial jet in to land in real life when you are a newly qualified pilot and you have 140 souls on board must be terrifying even with all the support tech and an experienced co-pilot sat next to you."_* - I understand the sentiment here, but in practice it's not really any different from learning to drive a car. Most people are sufficiently confident (even if that confidence is misplaced) by the time they get their driver's licence. Likewise, that confidence is there by the time you get your pilot's licence, and the likes of the CAA make sure to the best of their ability that such confidence is not misplaced, through rigorous training. (Disclaimer: not a pilot, but was into flight simulators for quite a while.)

  • Dog
    Dog 5 months ago +292

    Petter should start a series where he tries to coach Clip-Sharers to do the same thing that you two have done. Thoroughly enjoyed that video! Did not expect a duet from you two!

    • Ro
      Ro 2 months ago

      Actually cool idea

    • Figuring Stuff Out dot net
      Figuring Stuff Out dot net 4 months ago

      I volunteer for this! (I'm a private pilot, so I'd have an advantage.)

  • Jammy Sammy
    Jammy Sammy 2 months ago +31

    "Standby, flying" whilst it appears (and is) funny, shows surprisingly good airmanship from Tom. Flying the aircraft is should always be the number one priority. It sounds obvious, but when you have ATC calling you, alarms or notifications going off, and perhaps most worryingly - no idea where you are - it can be difficult to focus on keeping the plane in the air.

  • sam205
    sam205 5 months ago +4502

    Tom has made a living from going through his bucket list. Respect.

    • Gonte
      Gonte 2 months ago

      @Yarrow Bedwin So Tom is making a living from going through others bucket lists as well? :D

    • Max the rocket guy
      Max the rocket guy 4 months ago +1

      Fly safe

    • Carlos Frostygreen
      Carlos Frostygreen 5 months ago +2

      it was like 26 minutes only or less.

    • Yarrow Bedwin
      Yarrow Bedwin 5 months ago +23

      @Mr.Legend it's called editing and sorry to point it out to you but he doesn't land the plane, maybe try watching the video

    • Mr.Legend
      Mr.Legend 5 months ago +3

      The video was cut too much and a lot of things were adjusted by cutting the video. It is never possible for a passenger to land the plane by giving a remote command.

  • Kosain Abro
    Kosain Abro 4 months ago +54

    I love how Tom kept forgetting it's a simulator and genuinely went into a panic at times. You can hear how loud his voice becomes at times.

    MJCLAXDEN 5 months ago +59

    I love the "Airplane!" "we're all counting on you..." line. Surely, you can't be serious!

    • theonlyegg
      theonlyegg 11 days ago

      Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

    • Collin Allison
      Collin Allison 25 days ago +5

      I am serious.. and don't call me shirley

    • Rob Walsh
      Rob Walsh Month ago +3

      Ya went right over Toms head

  • BradTheProducer
    BradTheProducer 2 months ago +20

    I was desperate for someone to make an Airplane! joke, and Petter did not disappoint me.

  • lordneeko
    lordneeko 4 months ago +58

    I've been in several realistic simulators and a few motion sims, and I always love the "flair" the programmers throw into it with the "Red screen" when you crash. Really "scares" you no matter how many times you see it. The realism is amazing, even for those of us which have done it a lot and been a part of developing sims. That means it works!

  • psxman
    psxman 3 months ago +54

    Kudos for that "I just want to with you both good luck, we're all counting on you" reference.
    Sheer brilliance.

    • Ben Konosky
      Ben Konosky Month ago +4

      @Idiotic Productions I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

    • Idiotic Productions
      Idiotic Productions 2 months ago +6

      Surely you can’t be serious

  • Azeria
    Azeria 5 months ago +5599

    Chuck Yeager once said “if you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing”.
    So by that metric this was a good landing, but it’d be impressive if Tom crashed a simulator so badly he didn’t walk away.

    • Johannes Werner
      Johannes Werner 3 months ago

      ... and the parts are roughly scattered along the runway.

    • Michael Kraume
      Michael Kraume 4 months ago

      another happy landing

    • Dimebag Darrell
      Dimebag Darrell 4 months ago

      And if you can use the aircraft again it was an excellent landing!

    • Sebastian Van Woerkom
      Sebastian Van Woerkom 5 months ago +1

      @Squillz Back when I played it, my favourite was that one Soviet WW2 plane that would flip onto its nose if you came in even slightly too fast, and then 90% of the time you'd still get the "Soft Landing" XP bonus.

    • FS Explorer
      FS Explorer 5 months ago

      @ray lxh higher, so high *ahh ahh ahh, ahh ahh ah ah*

  • FlyGirl
    FlyGirl  4 months ago +33

    I'm a flight instructor and I've flown a MAX sim once. It flew like a plane, but that only works if you know what you're doing kinda sorta so this was really fun to see! Way to go, Tom!

    • Seeum209
      Seeum209 6 days ago

      Where can you fly these sims? Is it available for the public ? If so how much ?

    • TwitchChat
      TwitchChat 11 days ago

      where do you work

  • Benjamin Heasly
    Benjamin Heasly 5 months ago +25

    I'm really impressed with Pettier's tone and guidance: clear, practical, assured, but also dynamic and in the moment. It's cool how an expert can create a detailed mental model of what's going on, even when they're miles away!

  • Lord Mephisto
    Lord Mephisto 2 months ago +4

    As a 737 autopilot myself. I can say you did a great job!

  • j
    j Month ago +7

    "I just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you" was the perfect reference for Petter to make at that moment

  • Jack Crosby
    Jack Crosby 4 months ago +26

    My favourite part was how calm Petter was talking whilst looking at a map showing you waltzing above the Irish Sea.

  • Tim Derks
    Tim Derks 5 months ago +2086

    The only reason that this even remotely worked, is Tom's communication skills. I've seen very few people control their communication so well in stressful situations as Tom does.

    • AnjektusStudio
      AnjektusStudio 3 months ago

      @Speedy Tech Guides That's is his job

    • Space Queen
      Space Queen 3 months ago

      @Cloudman Isnt Petter a licensed trainer... ?

    • Gourab Sarker
      Gourab Sarker 5 months ago +3

      @Cloudman It's okay. We won't miss you. Toodles 👍

    • Another Duck
      Another Duck 5 months ago +3

      @Baltu Lielkungs Gunārs Miezis Most people speak less clearly, and that's not counting emergency situations. And that includes most actual pilots as well.

    • Speedy Tech Guides
      Speedy Tech Guides 5 months ago +1

      His voice is painfully annoying - surprised mentour didn’t give up

  • Pilotalihoteit
    Pilotalihoteit 4 months ago +21

    I've been working for CAE for a few years as an engineer and its amazing to see how much people enjoy them while we are so used to them :D

  • Devon
    Devon 10 days ago

    This is incredibly interesting. I've always heard that with newer planes you wouldn't even have to take the stick to ever land and that seems to be very true, at least in worst case scenarios

  • Jesus Christ
    Jesus Christ 2 months ago +4

    That was amazing, I was at the edge of my seat the entire video, very very well done, glad that Its you doing the piloting because you're quite a smart fellow! and good at communicating! keep it up :)

  • YourRyeBread
    YourRyeBread 22 days ago

    I love how they use military-like phrasing, it makes it feel so much more real

  • D64nz
    D64nz 3 months ago +14

    Just finished training a new guy at our refinery, and so much of that training was about just getting the basics right, and allowing the more advanced stuff to come later on the job. Note, it was a full 3 months training for the position, and in my own experience, still 1 year on the job to get fully experienced. Anyway, I'm so going to show him this, so he knows whatever mistakes he makes, he isn't gonna land a 737 on the taxiway. No shade on the guy making the attempt, he did as good as most could be expected.

  • Gideon McKinlay
    Gideon McKinlay 5 months ago +2496

    I like how Tom didn't even mention that he literally flew a plane blind for a little bit.

    • afj810
      afj810 2 months ago

      @Bacon Wizard I don't like your profile picture

    • David Sweeney
      David Sweeney 4 months ago

      @Kevin imagine unironically using the word Karen

    • Reuel Luis
      Reuel Luis 5 months ago +1

      @#1 guy said your mom when i stuck it down the wrong pfp

    • Reuel Luis
      Reuel Luis 5 months ago +1

      @Gideon McKinlay oh damn

  • Radical_ Extremist_Chiefs

    As a 747 passenger I must say you did a great job 👍

  • Will Mason
    Will Mason 8 days ago

    That was great. I really enjoyed watching that. I think you did great trying to land an airliner with no one else in the cockpit to lighten the load. Remember, if autopilot is a crew member, you were down two.

  • Mike H
    Mike H 4 days ago

    The autopilot made the landing look easy vs the attempt to land manually, Mentourpilot staying calm and staying on point show why training is important.

  • CM
    CM 2 months ago +1

    As a frequent flier passanger, I can confirm that the landing was better than expected

  • Merc Fredis
    Merc Fredis Month ago +1

    Haha how fun... as a flight simmer we all dream for this opportunity (but probably really wouldn't want to be in it...) Love Mentour Pilot's videos too... thanks guys!

  • Speeder323
    Speeder323 5 months ago +1686

    "if you clicked on this thinking that someone had miraculously given an idiot an actual jumbo jet to land.. no"
    The genuine blunt explanation is why we love you Tom.

    • Tony
      Tony 4 months ago

      @vee_g0rilla cry me a river🎵🎼

    • danelyn.
      danelyn. 4 months ago

      this genuinely is one of the most amazing things about Tom, he has such a specific energy that differs from every other Clip-Sharer, like, he's remarkably good at identifying our emotions lmao

    • M A
      M A 4 months ago

      It's not that hard bro. If you focus on flying, and less on being a systems engineer, it's not hard.

    • Tom Beecher
      Tom Beecher 4 months ago +2

      @Mike Doragh i totally thought it was gonna be jumbo

    • Mike Doragh
      Mike Doragh 5 months ago +34

      That! ...... and the fact that a 737 isn't a Jumbo anyway! (That would be a 747! ) ;)

  • Kyle O'Donnell l XRP

    I like the way he handles encouragement. He's a good teacher

  • Emma Bailey
    Emma Bailey 4 months ago +9

    0:12: I’m only ~10 seconds in, and I already really enjoy Petter’s sincere confirmation nods/shakes to punctuate Tom’s commentary, followed by beaming smiles 😃 In my head canon this happened spontaneously and I will not entertain the idea of this being planned 🙉 …I’ll get back to actually watching the video now 😊

  • Velvet Breast
    Velvet Breast 4 months ago +5

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, so sad you weren't able to get that second landing! I think you did just about as good as any regular civilian could. Thanks for the great content!

  • Kimberly Elliott
    Kimberly Elliott 6 days ago

    If there's one thing I've learned from watching aviation channels (74 Gear, in particular), it's to, "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate," and Tom did that spectacularly 21:12
    This had me on the edge of my seat! Great video!

  • schmukkk
    schmukkk 5 months ago +13

    The amount of stress I experienced even though this is a video of a simulation is astonishing

  • Xerdies
    Xerdies 5 months ago +3812

    I have to say I don't even mind this sponsorship way. It was straight to the point, honest and didn't intrude much. Thank you

    • Mr.Legend
      Mr.Legend 5 months ago +1

      The video was cut too much and a lot of things were adjusted by cutting the video. It is never possible for a passenger to land the plane by giving a remote command.

    • BiteBayKon
      BiteBayKon 5 months ago +1

      Ublock origin and sponsorblock. Literally two of the best plugins. No pointless shilling to me for things I don't want.

    • jamie3324 gaming
      jamie3324 gaming 5 months ago

      @Tarakivu also a youtube vanced user i see

    • orlovsskibet
      orlovsskibet 5 months ago +6

      @Brighteyes Seven that was I thought too when I saw it. No need to make it sound like a chore.

    • Metroshica
      Metroshica 5 months ago +6

      Sponsorblock caught it so I had to go back and watch it. I wish I could whitelist ads like this.

  • Hambone1567
    Hambone1567 5 months ago +2

    As a pilot, I really enjoyed this. Not bad with the 737 with no experience!!

  • JWillis710
    JWillis710 2 months ago +1

    Awesome, two of my favorite Clip-Sharers. Is this the old “can a pilot talk a non-pilot down for a successful landing” scenario?

  • Kéviji in Support of Ukraine 🇺🇦

    Damnn whoever created the autopilot is genius. Having the plane to just do stuff automatically it’s crazy! Damnnn

  • Aviation Ace
    Aviation Ace 2 months ago +3

    I never would have thought seeing Mentour Pilot and Tom Scott collabing! Tom Scott, Mentour Pilot. You too are my favourite Clip-Sharers. Just how chill, informative, and lovely your videos are! :)

  • MetalSpuddy
    MetalSpuddy 5 months ago +2

    Such a nice surprise to see you together with Petter! I've been following him for years. And kudos for making it that far without the autopilot. That's not an easy task!

    • sundhaug92
      sundhaug92 2 months ago

      Not just without A/P, but seemingly without the FDs

  • AZ Card Guy
    AZ Card Guy 5 months ago +1569

    As a pilot this is hilarious to watch. Absolutely loved it.

    • Johannes Werner
      Johannes Werner 3 months ago

      If it has an engine it is not real flying. Bloody fnc (fuel to noise converters). 😏

    • Mark Wright
      Mark Wright 4 months ago

      @AZ Card Guy I think that's the better way around for it to be. As a passenger you wouldn't want to hear your pilots saying "It was a lot easier in the simulator" moments before attempting to land your flight :)

    • Benny Löfgren
      Benny Löfgren 5 months ago +7

      @Minimus Max So what if he does? He can still proudly call himself a pilot, and every single airline pilot also started flying in a small single-engine aircraft. They just moved on to drive the bus as well. Once you have tasted the freedom of flight, you are a pilot.

    • Minimus Max
      Minimus Max 5 months ago

      I bet you fly a cessna and go around talking to airline pilots like you're equal

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 5 months ago +2

      And at the place where I went it’s 440 NOK for half an hour in a two-person simulator, so while it’s more expensive than most half-hour entertainments, it’s hardly prohibitively so.

  • HampenBraender
    HampenBraender 5 months ago +8

    I just finished my helicopter training and I really appreciated the effort there Tom.
    With all my system and aviation knowledge I don't think I would have faired much better with manual controls ^^

  • Pukin Dog
    Pukin Dog 4 months ago +5

    Hi Tom. I have spend many years flying in sim, including a very realistic PMDG simulator for the 737. I friend of mine is a training captain like Petter and he gave me the chance to have a go in an identical simulator to that one.....but with me doing everything, from starting the aircraft (electrics, hydraulics, engines) to taxiing, take off and landing and you are right - it is incredible how utterly believeable it is.

  • Anton Nym
    Anton Nym 3 months ago +2

    These things look like they are easier to land than a small private plane. Kudos! And Tom did a nice job. One would hope that at least the senior Flight Attendants get familiarized with this procedure. All good wishes.

  • Emilie Schmitt
    Emilie Schmitt 29 days ago

    Love Petter! A pilots perspective on plane disasters

  • Andrei Fortennis
    Andrei Fortennis 2 months ago

    The more I see these great clips of flying and crashes the more I believe it's pure luck that the planes have such a good safety record :)

  • Yndostrui
    Yndostrui 5 months ago +1491

    I'm actually really impressed by this. Not just being able to follow the instructions - the "Standby, flying" as others have pointed out was absolutely perfect. Getting the priorities straight.
    Tom also communicated really well by the end. Clear and concise messages. He did include a lot of information that wasn't all that important at the time, but he didn't know that. What information he did communicate, he communicated efficiently.
    That's better than some private pilots I hear on the radio ;)

    • Mike Gill
      Mike Gill 4 months ago +6

      I'm sure Tom have heard "aviate, navigate, communicate" before. :-)

    • ToMo
      ToMo 5 months ago +16

      i loved how often he did a readback to confirm the instuctions "descend to 4000 ft" "descending to 4000" etc it makes me really want to try it

    • hen ko
      hen ko 5 months ago +50

      I have to say I don't even mind this sponsorship way. It was straight to the point, honest and didn't intrude much. Thank you

  • Giraffes Inc.
    Giraffes Inc. 5 months ago +13

    Petter is an AMAZING instructor! I have always wanted to fly (not in an emergency situation) and can imagine he has taught many. Thank you both for this wonderful video!

  • Lily
    Lily 2 months ago

    omg these simulators looks fantastic! very realistic. i would looooove to try it :)

  • Maygan Phynix
    Maygan Phynix 2 months ago

    OMG IM subbed to this guy, his videos are extremely informative to geeks like me who are fascinated by airplanes. Love this!! ❤

  • Rogier Maas
    Rogier Maas 4 months ago +3

    I once had an amazing experience in the full motion flight sim as a simmer and although I didn't nail it, the instructor was quite impressed with my manual landing. Smooth and dead center. I had a little trouble with steering on the ground though. I'd love to do that again but this time in a real 737 simulator!
    Tom, next time: GO AROUND and try again hahaha!

  • gcanyon311
    gcanyon311 2 months ago +3

    This guy does a great job explaining everything.

  • Jonathan Isip
    Jonathan Isip 5 months ago +2130

    Tom’s “stand by, flying” had me chuckling. Even with him panicking it’s a perfect demonstration of Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. That said that landing attempt should really have been a go around. Great collab, nice work Tom!

    • Silas Kuemmerle
      Silas Kuemmerle 5 months ago

      @Ken T No, Tom probably had a case of Get There-itis

    • A Bison
      A Bison 5 months ago +2

      I too wished to see a go-around, but really the point had been made -- manual approach and landing is a balancing act that's overwhelming to the uninitiated, even when conditions and the plane are forgiving.

    • Pineapple Squid
      Pineapple Squid 5 months ago

      I subscribed to you, I really like your playlists you’ve made

    • Kevin Greene
      Kevin Greene 5 months ago +5

      If he was a trained pilot, I would agree. But go-arounds are very complicated maneuvers. For a trained pilot, it's a skill that's practiced and rehearsed enough that it should be a non-issue. But for a non-pilot to attempt one with automation off, the upward pitch change due to thrust added would most likely lead straight into a stall, and a crash from an even higher altitude, possibly outside of the airport perimeter.
      If there were planes on the taxiway, that would probably be a different story, but if there were planes there he probably wouldn't have tried to land on it.

    • Kevin Greene
      Kevin Greene 5 months ago +2

      @Nigmin I don't think most pilots would describe 10:00 as a go around. I certainly wouldn't. He hadn't even started descending yet. A go around is a very specific maneuver, usually low to the ground (

  • Ash H
    Ash H 2 months ago +1

    Did the simulation provide a video of your crash? Would have been good to see how badly you impacted the runway.

  • SeanJones
    SeanJones 4 months ago +4

    I work at Moog, the primary flight control contractor for the project. We just had a meeting today with the developers (now chiefs and heads of the software dept) of the Boeing 737 control laws. Absolutely mind blowing engineering. Great video!

  • Tuluet
    Tuluet Month ago +1

    Remember: You can always abort landing, go around and try it again. Don't force it unless it's engine failure or you are in a glider.
    Nice in-panic-communication from both: clear, good tempo, read back...

  • SplattedRabbit
    SplattedRabbit 2 months ago

    Even outside of an aeroplane the pilot sounds like a pilot speaking to the passengers

  • Andre Templer
    Andre Templer 4 months ago +1

    What you have to do with someone like this, is have him fly much further out and turn back again towards the runway to give him a very very long final he can align to. That gives him much more time to bring the aircraft into a proper position..

  • Sir Valiant III
    Sir Valiant III 5 months ago +1322

    21:09 Tom actually exhibits one of the key principles of flying: Aviate, (then) Navigate, (then) Communicate.
    Priority 1 is always flying your plane safely
    Priority 2 is knowing where you’re going
    Priority 3 is communicating

    • Yildryn
      Yildryn 5 months ago

      @Mr.Legend as are you, thank you for not spaming my inbox.

    • Finn
      Finn 5 months ago

      Aye thinking the same

    • Mr.Legend
      Mr.Legend 5 months ago

      @Yildryn you are completely wrong

    • Mr.Legend
      Mr.Legend 5 months ago

      @Zyphe 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 you are completely wrong

    • Mr.Legend
      Mr.Legend 5 months ago

      ​@Zyphe 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 You don't know anything. you are talking nonsense.

  • Toreole
    Toreole 5 months ago

    Damn i always knew auto-pilot was a thing as this vague concept, but i did not know it could handle this much, thats so incredibly cool, and weirdly makes me trust airplanes that bit more

  • Martino Lopez
    Martino Lopez 5 months ago +1

    Thanks for doing it without the autopilot. Landing a plane with all the bells and whistles like a 737MAX that can land itself is one thing, but showing how much more difficult it is to land a plane without all the aides shows how much training really is required and how skillful some pilots are.

  • ihrnoxen
    ihrnoxen 3 months ago +2

    I love that you’re keeping your videos so well paced, not stretching anything into unnecessary length! And awesome content!

  • SkySim
    SkySim 2 months ago

    I worked at CAE who makes the simulator Tom is in for almost 10 years, what a blast.

  • D
    D 4 months ago +2

    I'm so jealous of an experience like this! Looks so fun.

  • S o u p
    S o u p 5 months ago +978

    Cannot begin to express how much joy i felt in seeing tom silently yelling about not knowing what he's supposed to be look at

    • Mike Gill
      Mike Gill 4 months ago +12

      @yeti feti Probably Petter's biggest mistake here; otherwise he explained everything nicely but it's hard not to call a thing what it's called and instead use a term general public would call it for the sake of the novice pilot. 🙂

    • yeti feti
      yeti feti 5 months ago +13

      "What's a glare shield????"

    • hen ko
      hen ko 5 months ago +38

      These flight sim videos better be building up to "Tom Scott lands a real aircraft using a computer brain interface"

  • ShadoeFax1986
    ShadoeFax1986 2 months ago

    Oddly enough he's now the most experienced pilot for frontier

  • Jesse Olivo
    Jesse Olivo 2 months ago

    I would watch this as a weekly tv show. Land with no autopilot and win $10,000!

  • Nick Morra
    Nick Morra 7 days ago

    Interesting that he didn't mention to avoid pressing on the top of the rudder pedals when trying to stay on the centre line, which would disable the braking in the autopilot!
    He then would have had to quickly explain proper braking! 😊
    Great video, quite the experience!

  • Colin Manley
    Colin Manley 5 months ago +6

    I just crack up watching this, I'm a flight instructor so I see the exact same stuff everyday haha and i've been through it all so I get that feeling of stress you're going through.

  • Richard Nedbalek
    Richard Nedbalek 4 months ago +6

    11:39 PETTER: “I just want to tell you good luck, we’re all counting on you!” 🤣👍✈️

  • Harry Taylor
    Harry Taylor 5 months ago +592

    Can we get a heart monitor for Tom on videos like this? I would love to see his heartrate on different aspects such as approach to landing.

    • M Maria
      M Maria 5 months ago +10

      Great idea, though Tom's heart rate reads straight from his face :)

    • Larry Brandt
      Larry Brandt 5 months ago +6


  • Daniel Mitchell
    Daniel Mitchell Month ago

    That's so cool, I love this. I'd love to have a go of this myself. I have MS Flight Simulator, but it would be so good to do it with the motion sim too.

  • Gábor Richárd Papp
    Gábor Richárd Papp 5 months ago +3

    This looks like a ton of fun to do, I wish I can do a simulation like this on day.

  • Lady Sinovera
    Lady Sinovera 4 months ago +1

    This looks like so much fun haha. Though I probably would panic like Tom did and probably have crashed much worse!

  • Spirit Matter
    Spirit Matter 5 months ago +1

    Fascinating! I get that they can simulate banking, pitch, and climb….but how on earth do they simulate speed? I’m honestly baffled. Thanks for this amazing collab; so nice to see Mentour Pilot Petter! 🛩 👨🏼‍✈️

    • Ray
      Ray 4 months ago

      I’d imagine it’s a mix of tilt and a bit of mind trickery. With Tom seeing the movement plus feeling a slight bit I feel like he would be tricked into feeling like he’s actually moving

    • Robert Hickman
      Robert Hickman 5 months ago +2

      To the extent i understand this: accseliration is simulated by tilting backwards, deceleration by tilting forwards. The ear isn't good at differentiating and its been mentioned in several of the crash videos on mentour pilot.

    • eDoc2020
      eDoc2020 5 months ago +4

      There's no need to simulate speed, only changes in speed. I presume there is a slight bias on the cage's movement to slowly move it back to center when there isn't simulated movement.

  • Army Veteran
    Army Veteran 2 months ago

    Loved the "Good luck, and we're all counting on you." (He should have said it twice).

  • Tom Scott plus
    Tom Scott plus  5 months ago +899

    For those who've seen Joe Hanson's similar video: yep, we filmed the same idea at about the same time, and he got his video out much earlier! I met Joe a few weeks ago, gave him a heads up, and we're all good.

    • Sharon Cassell
      Sharon Cassell 4 months ago

      Tom you killed 120 pac. But they'll come back alive.

    • Samuel Warfel Photography
      Samuel Warfel Photography 5 months ago +1

      @Peter Pan Too long

    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan 5 months ago +1

      Why is this not on the main channel?

    • Werbna Right
      Werbna Right 5 months ago +2

      Tom! Be kinder to yourself. You don't call other people idiots (to their face ;)) why would you call yourself an idiot?

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  • Brie 🇺🇦
    Brie 🇺🇦 4 months ago +1

    If I ever get to Dublin, this will be top of my list to go to. I find it so incredibly cool but also because they allowed Tom to make this awesome video for us to enjoy.

  • Hello!
    Hello! 3 months ago +7

    Tom is now qualified to fly a Spirit Airlines flight

  • Cricket England
    Cricket England 5 months ago +5

    This reminds me of the ITV show “The Krypton Factor” in which in one round they had to land a plane, and it certainly wasn’t this complicated when they did it.

  • Tren TR
    Tren TR 3 months ago

    it wouldve been unconfutable but that wouldnt result in death, that was a good save honestly, would probs have some gear damage though. Good job Tom

  • Kāhu Kura
    Kāhu Kura 4 months ago

    I just love the idea of someone thinking Tom Scott actually tried to land a 737.

  • Marcus Rayne
    Marcus Rayne 5 months ago +805

    Every time he said "that's normal" I felt like he could have been lying just to keep Tom from falling apart in a panic.

    • J R McKim
      J R McKim 5 months ago +20

      Pilots are trained to never panic about anything. Even when they're fukd. Many of them will try to fix the problem until they crash. They never stop trying. Listening to cockpit recordings of crashes really gives you an understanding of how much these Pilots remain calm. They are conditioned to never give up. And even during stimulation training they are forbidden from playing around with it. They have to give your all no matter what.

    • Calyo Delphi
      Calyo Delphi 5 months ago +26

      Tbh all of the things that Petter said "that's normal" about really are entirely normal things to happen when flying airliners, from the autopilot making pitch & heading maneuvers to the auto-trim to the various alarms and call-outs in the cabin. But to someone like Tom who doesn't know about all of these things, this huge, complicated machine just doing things all on its own seemingly unprompted can be quite the terrifying experience!

    • Wesley737
      Wesley737 5 months ago +10

      @NCOT Technology the ground does come quickly. Usually in a 737 doing 140ish knots you have between -700 and -800 ft per minute on final

    • Moses Racal
      Moses Racal 5 months ago +10

      Its like code for "of course [that] is happening because you dont know what youre doing!"

    • arciks11
      arciks11 5 months ago +50

      @tim J Considering it's a Bristishman wearing a Red Shirt who never flew a plane. It's going about as well as could be expected.

  • Phil Pesce
    Phil Pesce 4 months ago

    No one is commenting that Tom went from being downwind to suddenly being on the localizer with the glide slope captured?! I was very interested in seeing Peter talk Tom through the steps of programming the ILS or FMS.

  • Eva LJ
    Eva LJ 2 months ago

    I was absolutely terrified just watching it. Well done for keeping your cool!

  • Daveslow
    Daveslow 4 months ago

    Love how he thinks it is turning "heavily" :D It is turning just the same as they always do :D please do more aviation stuff, this was great!

  • yeti feti
    yeti feti 5 months ago +1

    In the last 20 seconds, Tom going "I'm not above the runway by the way, I'm going to land on the taxiway" and the guy just going "............ ok." 🤣

  • Hualani
    Hualani 4 months ago +1

    What a Wonderful Pairing! Tom Scott & Mentour Pilot's Petter. I cant wait to see how difficult this is for novice.

  • Ernsthaft Unus
    Ernsthaft Unus 5 months ago +576

    It is super cool how mentour pilot is super chill and has time to explain stuff to tom, but tom is panicking because he forgets that it is just a simulator!

    • Mar Hawkman
      Mar Hawkman 5 months ago +2

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin absolutely. the one thing that will scare someone who's trying to do something hard even more than the actual danger... is sounding panicked as the person telling them what to do.
      It's something I learned in military training, if you want the other guy to stay calm, be calm yourself.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 5 months ago +7

      If the scenario happened in real life, I think it'd be ideal for the air traffic control operator to remain calm like that.

    • theAessaya
      theAessaya 5 months ago +24

      @Caleb Crow yup it definitely was Kelsey who mentioned that. Another great aviation youtuber.
      As for Petter, it's literally his job to explain things to people in the pilot's seat (and he's great at it). Though I imagine they usually aren't panicking as much as Tom was :D

    • Caleb Crow
      Caleb Crow 5 months ago +54

      Ironically enough, that's how it's meant to be. I think it was 74Gear who once described getting in a situation in a simulator where he gave up, and got chewed out by the instructor because that violates "never stop flying the aircraft."

  • Jordan Sugarman
    Jordan Sugarman 4 months ago

    "Good luck, we're all counting on you." Is a reference to "Airplane!" for those of you too young to know the film. That's why Tom was laughing so hard.

  • James Whelan
    James Whelan 4 months ago

    "I just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you". What a lovely touch.