A340pilot From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 576 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2462 times:
I have always wondered about this but how is it that some people are afraid of heights but love to fly over and over, personally, my sister Is petrified of heights, we once went to a hockey game and had to stay in a hotel that was on the 23rd floor, she had to have her window blinds closed in her room and wouldn't go near the window! However, she has flown all over the world (her last flight being from YVR-ORY on air Canada) and she will not get on a plane if she is not sitting by a window, she loves to fly!! Does anyone know why, or how this happens?
UPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
Im with EmiratesA345, I am affraid of heights to an extent. I for one will never go to the edge of a cliff, And i freak out when im in the de-icing bucket, but I love to fly. If im enclosed up high its fine, if im in the open NO WAY!
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
I await the day that a "Davis" wing appears on a B-17. I think the writer meant the B-24.
This is a subject I discussed many years ago with a friend who happens also to be a psychiatrist. I told him that I am quite comfortable walking on a 4x4 timber 1 foot off the ground but am terrified walking across a 200 foot wide bridge. I thought it was just a matter of the consequence of falling but he told me that it's more the fact that an aircraft is detached from the ground.
I wonder. I am scared to death being above the 4th floor of any building, unless I can see airplanes, but am quite comfortable in any airplane over 1000 AGL.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4489 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
And a little like me as well. I have no problem flying, but I remember going to the 110th floor of the World Trade Center a few years back, standing RIGHT up next to the glass, and getting the worst sinking feeling in the world....wow. That was the first time I've really ever thought that I may have a fear of heights.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
I too feel the same way. No problems flying 30,000+ feet in a plane but standing on the balcony of a really high building is scary. I think it's because in a plane you are enclosed and there is no sense of height as there is when you are in the open air. Maybe it's different in an opn-cockpit bi-plane, anyone care to comment what that feels like??
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
I can relate to that as well, standing looking down in the open is scary, or looking down the stair well in a real high apartment complex freaks me out. But flying, I cant help but look out the window. It is really bizarre how this works
Now that is some experience, the sinking feeling is very scary I had the same experience when I went to the top of The Eiffel Tower.
EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
Actually, When I flew CSA Czech Airlines 2 years ago, I remember taking my seat next to the window and looking down. It looked sooo high from where I was to the tarmac, and actually scared me. Once we started flying, I had no problems.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1927 times:
I find it a little bit unusual that many pilots have a fear of heights...it seems like a double entendra or something like that...I for one dont have a fear of heights...seems like Im in the minority here...
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