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Old November 27th 07, 08:44 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

Here is the answer (well, closer than a guess) to my questions about
pilots:

See:
http://www.prb.org/Articles/2002/How...edonEarth.aspx

Using these numbers (through 2002) the best estimate is that 106
billion humans have ever lived on this planet.

If we use the estimate of 5 million pilots who have ever lived, we can
see that the number of people in history to have achieved the ability
to fly is something around .0047%, or 1 in 21,200 people...

Humans tried to fly for over 50,000 years, only figuring it out 104
years ago. In other words, for 99.8% of our history, we tried -- and
failed -- to fly. Yet, amazingly, that knowledge is now available to
anyone on the planet for the cost of a used Chevy Lumina.

That, my friends, is what we call "progress"...

;-)
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Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
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Old November 27th 07, 09:06 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Marco Leon[_4_]
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

Interesting stat Jay. I think you would have to qualify that as people
"piloting an aircraft" versus people "flying." Anyone with $70 that does not
have a paralyzing fear of flying can "fly."

I'm sure there's a stat showing how many people have actually taken to the
air that includes commercial passengers.

Marco


"Jay Honeck" wrote in message
...
Here is the answer (well, closer than a guess) to my questions about
pilots:

See:
http://www.prb.org/Articles/2002/How...edonEarth.aspx

Using these numbers (through 2002) the best estimate is that 106
billion humans have ever lived on this planet.

If we use the estimate of 5 million pilots who have ever lived, we can
see that the number of people in history to have achieved the ability
to fly is something around .0047%, or 1 in 21,200 people...

Humans tried to fly for over 50,000 years, only figuring it out 104
years ago. In other words, for 99.8% of our history, we tried -- and
failed -- to fly. Yet, amazingly, that knowledge is now available to
anyone on the planet for the cost of a used Chevy Lumina.

That, my friends, is what we call "progress"...

;-)
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"



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Old November 27th 07, 09:58 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

Interesting stat Jay. I think you would have to qualify that as people
"piloting an aircraft" versus people "flying." Anyone with $70 that does not
have a paralyzing fear of flying can "fly."


Good point, although that would be akin to counting bus riders as
"drivers".
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"

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Old November 27th 07, 10:10 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dudley Henriques[_2_]
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

Jay Honeck wrote:
Here is the answer (well, closer than a guess) to my questions about
pilots:

See:
http://www.prb.org/Articles/2002/How...edonEarth.aspx

Using these numbers (through 2002) the best estimate is that 106
billion humans have ever lived on this planet.

If we use the estimate of 5 million pilots who have ever lived, we can
see that the number of people in history to have achieved the ability
to fly is something around .0047%, or 1 in 21,200 people...

Humans tried to fly for over 50,000 years, only figuring it out 104
years ago. In other words, for 99.8% of our history, we tried -- and
failed -- to fly. Yet, amazingly, that knowledge is now available to
anyone on the planet for the cost of a used Chevy Lumina.

That, my friends, is what we call "progress"...

;-)
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"


Actually, I believe man was capable of flying much sooner than the
Wrights. I once heard that Iron Eaglebutt Henriques, a shamonyu medicine
man of the world famous Gravitigotcha tribe in South America once
obtained an unassisted sustained flight of 3,212 feet between the top of
Angel Falls and the forest floor in the year 1688, marking both the need
for more efficient airfoils and for tennis shoes to be worn at the top
of the falls.

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Dudley Henriques
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Old November 27th 07, 10:28 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Paul Tomblin
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

In a previous article, Jay Honeck said:
If we use the estimate of 5 million pilots who have ever lived, we can
see that the number of people in history to have achieved the ability
to fly is something around .0047%, or 1 in 21,200 people...


Hey, I know dozens of pilots. I guess that means I know 250K+ people! I
love statistics.


--
Paul Tomblin http://blog.xcski.com/
"You must be smarter than this stick ---- to put a machine on the
Internet."
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Old November 27th 07, 10:55 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Darkwing
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...


"Paul Tomblin" wrote in message
...
In a previous article, Jay Honeck said:
If we use the estimate of 5 million pilots who have ever lived, we can
see that the number of people in history to have achieved the ability
to fly is something around .0047%, or 1 in 21,200 people...


Hey, I know dozens of pilots. I guess that means I know 250K+ people! I
love statistics.


--
Paul Tomblin http://blog.xcski.com/
"You must be smarter than this stick ---- to put a machine on the
Internet."



Where here is an AMAZING statistic for you then!

http://www.venganza.org/piratesarecool4.gif


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Old November 27th 07, 11:14 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Gatt
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...


"Dudley Henriques" wrote in message
...

Actually, I believe man was capable of flying much sooner than the
Wrights. I once heard that Iron Eaglebutt Henriques, a shamonyu medicine
man of the world famous Gravitigotcha tribe in South America once obtained
an unassisted sustained flight of 3,212 feet between the top of Angel
Falls and the forest floor in the year 1688, marking both the need for
more efficient airfoils and for tennis shoes to be worn at the top of the
falls.


Might want to check your facts. Tennis shoes were not yet introduced in
South America by 1688...


;P


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Old November 27th 07, 11:29 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dan[_1_]
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

On Nov 27, 2:58 pm, Jay Honeck wrote:
Interesting stat Jay. I think you would have to qualify that as people
"piloting an aircraft" versus people "flying." Anyone with $70 that does not
have a paralyzing fear of flying can "fly."


Good point, although that would be akin to counting bus riders as
"drivers".
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"


Skydivers say, "If riding in a plane is flying, then riding in a boat
is swimming". Skydiving is probably more akin to "falling" though....

BTW, lighter than air flight was achieved in the 18th century I
believe...

--Dan
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Old November 27th 07, 11:33 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

On Nov 27, 4:29 pm, Dan wrote:
On Nov 27, 2:58 pm, Jay Honeck wrote:

Interesting stat Jay. I think you would have to qualify that as people
"piloting an aircraft" versus people "flying." Anyone with $70 that does not
have a paralyzing fear of flying can "fly."


Good point, although that would be akin to counting bus riders as
"drivers".
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"


Skydivers say, "If riding in a plane is flying, then riding in a boat
is swimming". Skydiving is probably more akin to "falling" though....

BTW, lighter than air flight was achieved in the 18th century I
believe...

--Dan


The Montgolfier brothers, in 1783. But I wouldn't call that
flying. Birds don't use that sort of lift.

Dan
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Old November 27th 07, 11:37 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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Default Pilots are, indeed, rare...

The Montgolfier brothers, in 1783. But I wouldn't call that
flying. Birds don't use that sort of lift.


Although it's cool, floating ain't flying.
--
Jay Honeck
Iowa City, IA
Pathfinder N56993
www.AlexisParkInn.com
"Your Aviation Destination"
 




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