Single pilot planes are a bad idea editor-in-chief Jeffrey Thomas says it’s a “bad idea” to have just one pilot flying commercial planes after there was reportedly a push for change. “To go to Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth in a small Cessna, yes, one pilot will do,” Thomas said. “But a large commercial aircraft is not a chance. “There are so many statistics to back this up, backing up the fact that this is a really ridiculous idea.”