posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 05:54 AM
Sorry for the mammoth delay in replying!
I don't frequent much here so...
There are quite a few reasons:
1) piloting (joystick control) is a already inherent capability.
2)Physical fitness levels are already at a pre-defined high.
3)Split second decision-making is more honed.
4)Ability to control one's emotions and follow orders is required to a certain extent.
5)Already decently familiar with physics of flight, and the human body's limitations regarding the same.
6)Already comfortable with sitting in cooped-up (some may feel claustrophobic) environments for hours at a stretch and still function efficiently.
7)Basic map-reading and navigating know-how.
8)Will definitely be better equipped (mentally/physically) to deal with a 'first-time' disaster scenario.