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Air Sickness When Flying  
User currently offlineboeing71234567 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 66 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

I've been into aviation for as long as I can remember. I have a sim at home, and I work at the local airport as an intern. I am basically around aviation all day, every day. I am now 15 with 5 hours under my belt in a Cessna 172. I love flying, but the problem is when I go up, I can only really last about 30 minutes before I get nauseous. I really want to fly longer, but for now I am taking flight lessons that are only 30 minutes long. I hate doing this because I love being up there, but my body doesnt. (if that makes sense) I want to make a career out of flying, but If I am getting sick while doing it, then would it not be a good idea? Should I continue going for 30 minutes, until it gets better, then push it to 45 minutes? I've heard of chewable tablets I can take called Dramamine, for the time being. Is that a good idea?

-thank you

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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

You might want to talk to an ear doctor. You may have a medical issue that can be addressed.

Do cars bother you too?

I'd have second thoughts about drugs that can make you drowsy.

I've heard that experimental surgery has cured motion sickness in animals by removing a small part of the brain. This may make you ineligible to be a pilot in the US, but would increase your qualifications to be an airline executive.

User currently offlineyfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Dramamine causes drowsiness in most people and therefore is not recommended if you are piloting an aircraft. Ginger is anecdotally mentioned as an antinausia agent you can take it in the form of gingerale or ginger tablets. There are also braclets that some people say help them with their motion sickness. In your case you might just have to keep exposing yourself to flight until your body becomes use to the sensation. As well try eating a proper meal before flying you are less likely to feel sick on a full stomach.

User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3489 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Also, you're 15 freakin' years old which means (as you don't need anyone to tell you) that your body is going through hella changes at any given moment of the day. This motion sickness might be something you simply outgrow, so I wouldn't base any career choices on it.

Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 3):
Also, you're 15 freakin' years old which means (as you don't need anyone to tell you) that your body is going through hella changes at any given moment of the day. This motion sickness might be something you simply outgrow, so I wouldn't base any career choices on it.

That's what I was thinking. Also you may want to try eating some ginger before you fly. A simple and cheap way of settling a stomach. And it won't make you drowsy.

Go big or go home
User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

What time of day do you usually fly? This is summertime and the convective currents really build up in the afternoon and make that low level air pretty rough, especially for someone just starting out. Try scheduling your lessons in the early morning, when the air is relatively smooth, until you get used to the sensations of flight.

Also, the more you concentrate on precision in what you are doing, the less attention you will pay to bodily sensations. Hold precise altitudes within a few feet, hold airspeeds at plus or minus two knots, hold rates of climb or descent right on the desired value, make that heading indicator look like it is frozen in place. When the neurons in your brain are busy with all that, they wont have time for what is going on in your belly or your inner ear. You have to do all of that with quick confirming glances because your eyeballs really belong outside the airplane most of the time.

Finally, if you are "flying" with MSFS, I'd stop doing that. It has accustomed you to performing flight maneuvers without any of the actual sensations of real flight. It might be a surprise to your inner ear when a steep turn involves actual G forces in a real airplane. It also "teaches" you to keep your head straight and level with the room you are sitting in rather than the cockpit of the airplane. The result of that might be inducement of vertigo in the 172 as you try to keep your head level with the horizon at all times (do you understand what I'm saying here?).

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