People believe that modern commercial jets essentially fly themselves, with the pilots on hand merely as a backup in case of trouble, but the author of the book 'Cockpit Confidential' said that the modern technology helps a pilot fly a plane the way it helps a surgeon perform an operation.
He added that the 'autopilot' is a device that allows pilots to take their hands off the wheel but they still have to tell the system what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
Smith, who also has a website askthepilot.com, said that the myth that pilots cut back airflow to save fuel, and tinker with oxygen levels to keep passengers docile is ridiculous as the rate and volume of airflow is mostly automatic which keeps the strength and volume of airflow consistent.
He also revealed that the altitudes, speeds and angles the passengers perceive often aren't close to the real thing.
Smith debunked another myth that flying is expensive highlighting the fact that studies have shown that the average cost of an airline ticket has declined 50 per cent over the past three decades making flying cheaper than ever before.