While acknowledging that the plural of "anecdote" is not "data", I can attest to the above from the other side of the cockpit as a near zero-time non-pilot enthusiast. I've got about two hours of actual loggable flight time on various light aircraft, which includes landing at an international airport. Admittedly that was in a Beechcraft Skipper with an instructor about an inch away from taking control, but I'll take itIt doesn't require a good pilot to steer a plane in a particular direction and punch the throttle. I used to be a flight instructor, and I would take people with zero experience for demo flights. Within 30 minutes, they would know how to bring the aircraft in the direction I point out. They may not be able to maintain altitude or heading without more coaching, but the fact of the matter is, it really isn't difficult.
Similarly, there are simulator experience companies out there that allow zero time enthusiasts to jump into a simulator of a large jet and to see what it is like to fly one. Usually by the end of the experience, the customer would know how to place the jet within the span of a runway for landing... Even if the landing is not particularly good.
I also have a few hundred hours on various PC flight simulators and games accrued during my youth, which I didn't think counted for much until a Tiger Moth pilot congratulated me on my technique after a "hands on" flight and asked how much flying I'd done, and that was the only thing I could reasonably ascribe it to. I've also done a session in exactly the large commercial jet simulator setup described.
The point is that Rico is absolutely right. I've done what can safely be described as minimal flight training, make no claim whatsoever to being a competent pilot, but if you give me a trimmed up aircraft in VFR flight and something to fly towards I can do it. I have done it in fact.