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A TV show called “The Aviators” once posed the question: Can a 12-year-old with no formal training land a 737 at a major airport?
Producers grabbed a youngster named Rodney and plopped him down in a flight simulator of the sort that professional pilots use, says Gabe Zichermann, author and chair of the Gamification Summit.
Zichermann isn’t a guy you’d call in midair if the pilot gets sick from eating bad fish, he says. But young Rodney? “Two-and-a-half minutes later, Rodney puts a 737 down on runway 24 Left at LAX in broad daylight,” Zichermann says in a Ragan Training video.