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28th Feb '17 7:58:13 PM PaulA
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* In the movie ''Literature/{{Biggles}}: Adventures in Time'', Biggles (transported in time from WorldWarOne to the late twentieth century) is able to work out how to fly a helicopter after a few minutes experimentation. He even says, without apparent irony, "If you can learn to fly a Sopwith Camel, you can learn to fly anything!" (the Camel was a notoriously hard to handle aircraft, with a well deserved reputation as a pilot killer. It's not a huge stretch to claim that this would be the truth)

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* In the movie ''Literature/{{Biggles}}: Adventures in Time'', ''Film/BigglesAdventuresInTime'', Biggles (transported in time from WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to the late twentieth century) is able to work out how to fly a helicopter after a few minutes experimentation. He even says, without apparent irony, "If you can learn to fly a Sopwith Camel, you can learn to fly anything!" (the (The Camel was a notoriously hard to handle aircraft, with a well deserved reputation as a pilot killer. It's not a huge stretch to claim that this would be the truth)truth.)



* As touched upon in Film above, the ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' books are a justified example; having started out in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, spent the inter-war years in civil aviation before re-enlisting in the RAF and ''then'' going on to work for a somewhat ill-defined police aviation unit, there's not very many aircraft Biggles can't at least muddle through on. One story did establish that he wasn't Instrument Flight Rules-qualified, which was briefly a plot point, and this may or may not have remained true throughout the series.

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* As touched upon in Film above, the The ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' books are a justified example; having started out in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, spent the inter-war years in civil aviation before re-enlisting in the RAF and ''then'' going on to work for a somewhat ill-defined police aviation unit, there's not very many aircraft Biggles can't at least muddle through on. One story did establish that he wasn't Instrument Flight Rules-qualified, which was briefly a plot point, and this may or may not have remained true throughout the series.
24th Jan '17 3:36:25 PM PhantomRider
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**It also seems that no matter where you are, a transporter is a transporter. Bad guys from races who've never seen a Federation ship before seem to be able to beam anywhere from seconds of looking at the transporter console if they can manage to reach it.
21st Jan '17 11:02:18 PM Codefreak5
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
16th Jan '17 8:03:46 AM sharpeleven
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** Also in "Film/TheForceAwakens" is [[ActionGirl Rey]], who explicitly admits to never having flown the Millenium Falcon, wastes no time decimating the much smaller and maneuverable Tie Fighters chasing them, supposedly piloted by elite First Order pilots.
12th Jan '17 12:46:02 AM PaulA
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* In the cheese-tastic 1980 ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie:

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* In the cheese-tastic 1980 ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' movie:
24th Dec '16 5:15:01 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', Jason thought that Riley's newly acquired pilot license means that he knows how to fly a helicopter, turns out, it was only for planes. [[spoiler: Riley still managed to fly themselves out of a base without crashing along the way.]]
* In both versions of ''[[VideoGame/Persona Persona 2]]'', the protagonists are shown piloting vehicles that high school students and journalists have no business going near. [[TeamMom Maya]] in the first game takes the controls of a blimp and a boat, reasoning that [[LampshadeHanging she has a driver's licence, so she should be fine.]] [[CaptainCrash The blimp crashes (because there's no fuel), and she rams the boat into the walls several times before getting the hang of it.]] In the sequel, she manages to successfully drive a submarine. [[TheHero Tatsuya]] is better about this, and is subtly justified. Rumors become true in the game, and the rumor that Tatsuya is 'good with machines' did actually give him the power to pilot anything... despite the fact that he's not old enough to even drive a car. He pilots a MiniMecha with no troubles, and also flies the blimp better than Maya (he learned his lesson the first time around and stopped her from flying). It gets ridiculous when he hands the controls to [[TheLancer Jun]], who doesn't have any such justification, and is also a high school student. The blimp crashes anyway (again).

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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', Jason thought that Riley's newly acquired pilot license means that he knows how to fly The ''VideoGame/FarCry'' games after the first tend towards this - if a helicopter, turns out, it was only for vehicle of any variety is in the game, you can drive it. Boats, cars, gliders, mini-helicopters, etc. ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' and ''[[VideoGame/FarCry4 4]]'' at least have some restraint and prevent you from piloting actual helicopters or planes. [[spoiler: ''3'' also {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this near the ending, when Jason tells Riley to pilot the copter to escape, saying that he'd just got his pilot's license; Riley protests that it was for ''planes''. [[spoiler:He still managed to fly themselves out of a base the airfield to Dr. Earnhardt's mansion, then from there to Citra's temple, without crashing along the way.]]
* In both versions of ''[[VideoGame/Persona Persona 2]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', the protagonists are shown piloting vehicles that high school students and journalists have no business going near. [[TeamMom Maya]] in the first game takes the controls of a blimp and a boat, reasoning that [[LampshadeHanging she has a driver's licence, so she should be fine.]] [[CaptainCrash The blimp crashes (because there's no fuel), and she rams the boat into the walls several times before getting the hang of it.]] In the sequel, she manages to successfully drive a submarine. [[TheHero Tatsuya]] is better about this, and is subtly justified. Rumors become true in the game, and the rumor that Tatsuya is 'good with machines' did actually give him the power to pilot anything... despite the fact that he's not old enough to even drive a car. He pilots a MiniMecha with no troubles, and also flies the blimp better than Maya (he learned his lesson the first time around and stopped her from flying). It gets ridiculous when he hands the controls to [[TheLancer Jun]], who doesn't have any such justification, and is also a high school student. The blimp crashes anyway (again).
7th Dec '16 6:33:20 AM morane
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* Played straight on airplanes. It is actually ''more'' difficult to fly a glider than a powered airplane, and the step from a trainer to military or commercial airplane is more quantitative than qualitative.
20th Nov '16 8:35:49 PM HiddenWindshield
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* The ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' RPG assumes that characters can perform basic operations of any vehicle without needing its proficiency skill, but more complex operations do require it. Taking a ground-car down the street to a store? Yes. Getting a freighter through a pitched space battle unscathed? No.

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* The ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' RPG assumes that characters can perform the basic operations of any vehicle without needing its proficiency skill, vehicle, but more complex operations do require it.a proficiency skill for that type of vehicle. Taking a ground-car down the street to a store? Yes. Getting a freighter through a pitched space battle unscathed? No.
10th Nov '16 4:13:21 PM robertpercy
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* If you want to become a chauffeur for the European Parliament, they require you to be licenced to drive pretty much anything with wheels, including HGVs.
16th Oct '16 4:58:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''OperationFlashpoint'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. You, as the gamer, need a little training to handle vehicles like tanks and helicopters, but once you get the hang of it you can use ''any'' enemy vehicles lying around, (no matter which character you are currently controlling and no matter whether or not that ''character itself'' has any training for it). In certain missions, if you manage get your hands on an anti-aircraft ''Shilka'', it's pretty much a LightningBruiser that can single-handedly win the mission. Because of its four [[GatlingGood gatling cannons]] that can fire on full-automatic to take out '''anything''' the game throws at you - infantry, RPG soldiers, vehicles, tanks, and even helicopters, which you can catch on radar from an unbelievable distance. Some missions will stop you from mounting certain vehicles (especially helicopters) to avoid this trope.

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* ''OperationFlashpoint'' ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. You, as the gamer, need a little training to handle vehicles like tanks and helicopters, but once you get the hang of it you can use ''any'' enemy vehicles lying around, (no matter which character you are currently controlling and no matter whether or not that ''character itself'' has any training for it). In certain missions, if you manage get your hands on an anti-aircraft ''Shilka'', it's pretty much a LightningBruiser that can single-handedly win the mission. Because of its four [[GatlingGood gatling cannons]] that can fire on full-automatic to take out '''anything''' the game throws at you - infantry, RPG soldiers, vehicles, tanks, and even helicopters, which you can catch on radar from an unbelievable distance. Some missions will stop you from mounting certain vehicles (especially helicopters) to avoid this trope.
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