In many of the initial news reports about the ground agent taking off in a Bombardier Q400 at an airport near Seattle the reporters were astonished that someone without formal training could fly such a plane.
Anyone who has ever played with Microsoft's Flight Simulator computer game can tell you that there's a learning curve, but once the basics are learned, it's easy, especially if you don't bother to learn how to land. And yes, there's software for the Q400.
It will be interesting to learn what games he played on his computer once they finish a search of his living quarters.
2:36 PM 8/13/2018