RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40 Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2836 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
Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2833 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.
Jm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
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."
Cirrostratus From Italy, joined May 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2811 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.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2798 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.
Salso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
No, just sooooooooooooo happy.
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.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2734 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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AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
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.
Paul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2684 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.