5. They couldn’t fly an airplane.
The Truthers repeatedly proclaim that there’s no way that Atta, Hanjour, Jarrah, and Shehhi could have been able to fly the airplanes once the hijackers took over. For one thing, remember, these pilots are supposedly morons. Also, they supposedly failed flight training.
The problem with that idea is that it’s false. We’ve already seen that they were far from morons, even if they did make some decisions that are downright stupid. But also, all four men had passed flight school and earned flying licenses.
Atta got his private flying license from Huffman Aviation in Florida in September of 2000, and his instrument rating in November. In December the FAA granted him a commercial pilot’s license. He flew numerous solo flights, as well as spent a good bit of time in airliner simulators.
Hanjour had most of his flight training in Arizona; though he was rather slack in his attendance, the FAA granted him his commercial pilot certificate in April 1999.
Jarrah took a six-month flight training course at Florida Flight Training Center in 2000, and obtained a small airplane license. He then went on to training for flying large aircraft.
Shehhi went to Huffman Aviation in Florida with Atta, and received his commercial pilot’s license at the same time. He also spent much time on airliner simulators.
So, all four of the pilots had earned at least basic piloting licenses. Which means that all four had met the FAA’s standards of