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Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 36
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

Airliners.net is full of aviation enthousiasts. And many other non A.netters as well. however, there is one very paradoxal fact. The fact many people love airplanes. but when it comes to flying them htey become nervous.

I could be included in this categroy to some extent. When you fly, you are clsed in a tube at 39 000 fett. Your life is in the hands of a pilot and co pilot. If ever anything goes wrong , its hard to survive. And when there's heavy turbulence I become damn nervous. Nevertheless, airplanes is my greatest hobby...what I love the most apart from Medicine....I dream of airplanes....in other words. I'm in love with aviation. Nevertheless I can be scared soemtimes up there. However, I do not compare to other aviation enthousiasts who become white once they are on an airplane and there's turbulence

A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
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User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

I did get nervous when flying on planes, but since I joined this forum I have learned so much about aviation and now I enjoy turbulence instead of getting scared of it. I would like to thank everyone here that have helped me getting over my little fear of flying. A.net Rocks, thank you for existing.

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User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1232 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

Only twice:

1. the first time i flew in 1976 (I was 8, and my brother and cousin kept telling me the plane was going to crash). I remember actually praying beforehand.

2. the first time i flew a DC10. this was shortly after the whole DC10 hysteria in the 80's, when they were removed from service for a short time and there were qestions as to whether they were safe aircraft.

"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8317 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

No. Not unless I'm doing the flying of the aircraft myself.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

nervious.....never Smile. Its always a thrill to fly

User currently offlineCirrostratus From Italy, joined May 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3593 times:

I'm with you RootsAir, aviation is my passion. I'm currently trying to change my career into something aviation related. The thing is I am a big-time nervous passenger. I've had hypnotherapy sessions in which the therapist told me it was a generalized transportation anxiety, trains, cars, boats, planes etc., contrasted with a control issue. Yet I've been in love with helicopters since I was 3 years old and am nuts for planes also. So the idea I have is to get a PPL to combat the control thing/lessen the fear and find a path into the industry, to become involved rather than just an onlooker. The only time I'm not nervous is on the 777. I've managed to put my trust into this plane, no matter how irrational it is to choose one type over another, it works for me. I've had some deeply embarrassing moments on planes, it hurts to think about it. I have a flying cocktail consisting of Dimenhydrinate+2 or 3 glasses of white wine and self induced hypnotherapy. At that point I'm laughing. I don't understand how one of my biggest passions can also be one of my biggest fears.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8030 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

The only time I get nervous is when I'm running late and they've already started boarding. I always try to board early when there is still enough room in the overhead storage bins for my stuff. I always get a bit nervous that all the bins are full.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineSalso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

No, just sooooooooooooo happy.  biggrin 

However, when I was on the Austrian Airlines flight (yes, the infamous 111) which crash landed in a field I could call myself nervous right before the accident. But I didn't know what was coming. After everything ended luckily I was "miraculously" cured already on the flight back.

User currently offlineVirginAbby From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

I only really get nervous when there are nervous people around me. I'm fine on my own but if I travel with my mother who is a very nervous flyer, that sometimes rubs off on me a bit.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

No, why should I be nervous. I only get nervous when I have to drive in a car to the airport because it is dangerous  Smile

User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

I used to be nervous when I was younger, but over the years I have found myself becoming less and less nervous about flying.

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Not as nervous as I used to be. It had been a childhood dream of mine to be going to the airport to actually board a plane rather than just to look, and the first few flights after I actually got to achieve my dream, I was in schoolboy heaven!! Then one year we boarded an Air UK Herald (maybe that was the cause - anyone familiar with those aircraft may understand where I'm coming from!) for our annual two week summer holiday down in Guernsey. We took off from LHR, and as we climbed higher I distinctly remember looking down at the ground getting further and further away and suddenly thought, "Hmmm, I don't think I like this very much!" It was downhill from there really - sweaty-palmed, ashen-faced me would reluctantly climb aboard planes to get me wherever I needed/wanted to go, but I wasn't happy!

Then one day in the bar at LGW waiting for a BA DC10 flight to JFK a mate of mine introduced me to the very interesting combination of Southern Comfort and Canadian Club. By the time I got on the plane I was so relaxed that I didn't care! I still always try and time my flights so that I can have a few drinks before I board to calm the remaining nerves, but to be honest, even when I have an early morning flight, I've now flown so much that I'm not really that bothered any more. I guess it's a familiarity thing. Plus, as Mischadee said earlier, knowledge gained from reading this website has helped a LOT!!

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

Nope, never really nervous as of yet. Always had fun in the sky.

User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3510 times:

I'm only nervous when I'm not allowed to bring a bomb on the plane.
The likelihood of two bombs on the same plane is extremely small.  rotfl 

Yours in realtime

Look at me, I´m riding high, I´m the airbornmaster of the sky...
User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3498 times:


I use to fly every year twelve times on long haul, six times the route GVA-JED-RUH-MAA and six times the route MAA-RUH-JED-GVA. Always SV, always 777-200, always seat 62A.

It' has become a monthly routine to change continent and to do it above the clouds.

To enjoy the atmosphere of airports before boarding my plane, I use to check-in at least two hours before at GVA, and three hours before at MAA.

And with SV I have never had the impression to be packed like a sardine in a tin. And this is factor contributing to my feeling very relaxed when flying.

Cheers. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3475 times:
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I've never been nervous while actually flying, but...there was a period when I was absolutely certain that I would never get on another plane in my life. It was when I was in the Air Force, and we had a C-130 crash at our base, 8 crew and 60 pax killed, and I spent a weekend helping clean it up.

Horrible experience, which I could never do again. Those who do this type of thing have my highest admiration!!

Fortunately that fear of flying subsided after a few weeks, and I took a flight just to prove to myself that I could still do it. It was fine, and I've had no problem since.

Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
User currently offlineMuddydwagon From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

I cannot say that I am nervous when I fly. The only time I was on my first solo flight after that its been a breeze.

User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

I get nervous on take- off because I feel that the plane is at its most vulnerable. The noises and the bumps make me a little worried. However my brother is a trainee pilot and we always talk about whats actually happening during stages of the flight.

I have not flown since he started the course some 7 months ago. However I have some 14 flights over the summer holidays, so no doubt I will test my confidence with his relayed knowledge.

Happy flying


Veni, vidi, vici.
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

HECK NO! Try Exited as heck! Big grin Big grin

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