The pilot may have done so after successfully landing the plane, rushing towards his wife and kids smiling and waving at him from outside the landing strip.
It was a hunch. One of the many distinct hunches that male pilots exhibit when rushing towards their wives. ;p
For what it's worth, "he" is often used as a gender neutral pronoun in English, especially colloquially. It is actually only a very recent development in English for it no longer to be recognised as gender-neutral in formal text.
That has some historical truth, but it is now generally unacceptable as a gender neutral pronoun and to persist in advocating it is essentially picking a fight for no real principle at all, except perhaps defense of traditional sexism.
It is also true that for centuries (at least since Chaucer) "they" has been used to refer to an unspecified singular referent. So we have en economical, ready made solution within the language. Increasingly, this sensible position is prevailing over cumbersome "he or she", "s/he", etc., as we cast off the last of the false notions prescribed to us by vain 19th century grammarians who basically made a lot of s*** up. (Grammatically plural pronouns can't have singular referents? Then we better revert to the use of "thou", I suppose, since "you" is a grammatically singular pronoun used for singular referents.)
Might I humbly suggest (I guess it wasn't quite apparent from my playful mockery of Luke's comment) that I'm the best person to know the sex of the characters in my own story? Would it then be reasonable to point out that to suggest otherwise is to be picking a fight in the first place?
So unless anyone is willing to argue that writing a story about a male pilot is somehow sexist - I propose we wrap this up. Everything else is quite irrelevant.
And I was imagining that the pilot were female as logically she wore a jumpsuit, such attire not commonly available in the english speaking world for men... Only to then find that the Norwegian litteral translation of jumpsuit "hoppdress" is not the chic Bond girl outfit but ski jumping attire. Obviously! Now I must not think of Bond girls but Eddie the Eagle Edwards.
Does anybody know why 'has been jumping' isn't accepted? One of the things I'm struggling to understand with the lack of non-progressive verbs is distinguishing things that could recur more than once. Silly question, but how do we distinguish in this particular instance that the pilot doesn't jump from the plane every time rather than only once?