Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3478 times:
Might sound strange on an aviation forum, but right up until about 1993 I said I'd never fly and I'd never go to the USA. Two years later I was on a VS B742 bound for JFK and an American summer camp.
Now, obviously, I'm a member of a.net - and post daily. I'm not a fan of flying for hours on end, changing planes over and over, just to do an "unusual" route or airline/aircraft, but I'm certainly interested in aviation now.
76 flights later, with 12 more planned this year (so far), I guess you could say I'm not so against flying any more!
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3402 times:
Once, during december over the pacific on UA 747 to LAX from Narita. The 747 was shaking like a cessna during runup. Theres nothing like feeling weightless while eating your dinner going about mach.85 and knowing that what separates you from death is a foot of metal and plastic. Now I'm flight training go figure.
RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3392 times:
I had a horrible experience with FL. It was very bad. The que for check-in was over 2 1/2 hours and the DC-9 look like they just popped out of the Gulf War!!! The seat I was assigned was double booked and I ghad to sit in the last row. The seat the was suposed to be mine had no seat bottom. I ended up in the middle seat with my one sister next to me and the other sister up in row 12. What a trip. Needless to say, with the new 717s and 73Gs I tried them again and found it to be ok.
SLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
I once said I'd never fly a particular airline again, but guess who's scheduled to fly on that horrible airline SEA-SLC in two weeks, because it's $20 cheaper than the competition, I offered to pay the fare difference, but too late it was paid, after this time, I'll never fly that airline again (hopefully).
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
When I was a child, I suffered a terrible experience in a BEA Comet circa June 1963 flying from LHR to Rome. The cockpit window apparently cracked and the plane depressurised and went into a deep dive. All I can remember is passing out and waking up at a hospital in Rome with nuns by my bed! I suffered an ear infection and for medical reasons I could not fly back so my father drove from England and collected me, driving back through Europe and taking the air ferry from Le Touguet (spelling?) to Lydd. The Silver CIty planes were not presurrised and flew at relatively low heights across the Channel.
I could fly again a few months later and my next flight was on an Air France Caravelle from Heathrow to Nice. At the time it seemed superior in all respects to the Comet. Returning from Nice we were waiting at Nice Airport and there was a number of Air France Caravelles on the apron and a BEA Comet. I thought we were flying in a Caravelle but my sister told me we were going in the Comet. I created a scene and yelled at my parents that I'd rather stay behind than set foot in the Comet. I threatened to run away and would not move from my chair. Somehow my father got me on the plane and the cabin crew were very reassuring when they saw how scared I was. Even the captain came to talk to me. It was a fabulous flight and this is when my interest in planes really started. Ok it was over 30 years ago and the child in me has not grown up yet!
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Eurohub From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3327 times:
Quoting Geoffm (reply 0): Anybody else have a miraculous change of heart?
Geoff, I can certainly empathise with your feelings. Before I started my current job in 2002, I was into trains in a big way and worked for a rail company and had flown probably no more than 6 times in my entire life. New job means more business travel and more flying although I was not altogether keen on that part of it.
My main issue with flying was always not knowing what was going on: was that noise good or bad, how does this work etc. unlike what I knew about rail travel. I got interested in aviation mainly as a method of trying to conquer my fears. I wouldn't say it was a complete success and I'm no expert, but I'm not gripping the armrest every time the engine speed changes!
Forget A vs B - Give me E or BAe any day of the week!
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3326 times:
Thanks for the responses - interesting reading other peoples' perspectives.
Eurohub, I'm not 100% happy flying. Every now and again I'll think about what seperates me from 36,000 feet of air. Take-offs are probably the worst part of the flight for me, though I definitely feel a slight relief upon landing. I'm not scared, just aware of "things"!