2-Year-Old Filipino Boy With Autism Takes Off, Lands Plane Safely

A two-year old Filipino boy with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) managed to take off and land a plane safely.

Of course, it did not happen on an actual airplane but on a flight simulator.

This experience was shared by the boy's proud father, Bert Leyson, on Facebook.

He said:

My son's flight simulator Setup.. Still contemplating if I buy him a flight yoke system and instrument panels. At age 2, my son was given a complimentary 40-hour ATC fixed base trainer-simulator training from a flight academy after what was supposedly an excursion from his playgroup class turned demo/stink at their flight simulator room. He literally barged inside and sat on the cockpit, good thing the instructor was kind enough to let him try. He was able to take-off/land successfully with less supervision and everyone was just shocked lol. That was also the time when I realized my son was no ordinary kid. (He actually was diagnosed with ASD, but on the advance spectrum).



ASD, according to MedlinePlus, is "a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person's life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It includes what used to be known as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders."

The word "spectrum," based on an article on the Interactive Autism Network, "expresses the variability across the areas of challenge affected by autism; there are many levels of ability and disability in people on the spectrum."

"For example, a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could have no functional speech, or have an advanced vocabulary," the article explained.

"He may have intellectual disability, or an above average Intelligence Quotient (IQ) with an advanced degree. He may be socially withdrawn or socially active but in an oblivious, eccentric way. He may be fixated on fans, or have an encyclopedic knowledge of music."