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I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 9:13 pm


Hello,

Well, I like planes, but I'm very afraid of flying. Even though I have flown more than once, I feel very bad, I still feel panic if I have to fly. It's difficult for me to concentrate in anything else if I know I have to fly tomorrow, or whenever.

Hey, is there any real reason to feel this way? Is it common for a plane to be involved in an incident? I feel bad when I hear a plane did an emergency landing or something like that.

I have a transatlantic flight next month and I feel very bad. I don't want this fear to affect my life, but it's very difficult for me to control the situation. I also suffer vertigo/dizziness, and that's not nice.

Thanks a lot for your help.
S.Win
 
sushka
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 9:29 pm

You have to think about the training that goes into the pilots and how they practise every emergency over and over. Plus an accident happens only about 3 times a year. Every second around the world planes take off and land with succesful flights so 3 a year is very low. American Airlines (and most airlines) put in 18 hours of reparing the plane for every hour spent flying.

Any other questions?
Dave (sushka)
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Victor Hotel
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 9:43 pm

Are you sure thats true Sushka, im not disagreeing with you, but it would seem that their a/c would be in maintenance all the time for 18 hours of rapairing the plane, for every hour of flight time.
VH
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 9:50 pm

I have a tape about American Airlines and that is what they said.
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Victor Hotel
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 9:54 pm

Ok does that mean that if it was a 2 hour flight they would do 36hours of maintenance on the a/c and so on. What about longer haul flights then like say to Tokyo would they then be in for a couple of days??
VH
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 10:05 pm

VIctor hotel - you have to look at things such as a C or D check. The plane is out of service for DAYS or even weeks while these checks are performed.

Swin - before every flight the Captian and mechanics have to SAY it's good to go. Look at the number of flights every day that operate without incident.

But to cope with anxiety prior to the trip, you might make an appointment with a psychiatrist and discuss a prescription for Xanax. It is a drug that can help relieve the anxiety without wiping you out.
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 10:06 pm

I think they do it all later like every month or so. Also they change the engines every 8000 or 3000 hours. ( I cant remember)
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ovelix
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 10:06 pm

What will really calm you is to fly with a light single-engined plane. Go to an air club and ask for a flight. Side by side with the pilot, he will explain everything and even let you take the controls. You will make the pre-flight inspection together. Understanding how things are working and being part of the flying procedure is very effective on reducing the fear of flight.
 
Mr.BA
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 10:06 pm

Hello Swin,

Take this... an aircraft is serviced every now and then, and you will be miles away from the other plane and guided by controllers... when on the road, cars are so near each other... more vulnerable to accidents.

Hehehe.... I hope this made you relaxed.

Alvin
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Thu Nov 16, 2000 11:01 pm

Oh my dear friend,

Allow me to tell you that I too was in the exact same situation a couple of months ago. There is nothing to worry about. Maybe what I am going to tell you is not going to be of any help but this is how I got over the fear of flying. I keep saying to myself "I've got to die some day". And I also keep looking at the statistics I print out the day before I fly - You are more likely to die in a car accident than in an airplane accident - the chances of being involved in an airplane accident are very slim.

This is working for me. I hope it works for you (if you decided to use this).

aa777dr
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 4:07 am

Think of it this way, flying is the safest way of travelling,PROVEN FACT. I hope you have a very pleasant and enjoyable flight, and i hope you file a trip report on it.
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 9:58 am

It's perfectly normal for you to feel this way about flying...many people feel that way when they aren't in control of the situation. However I feel it is important to look at the facts in the matter...I heard on a show that if you were to take a random flight every day, you would have to live 316,000 years to be involved in an aircraft accident...everyday around the world there are 50,000 flights taking off and landing...compare that to the number of accidents and you will see that the chances of being in an aircraft accident are millions to one. You are twenty times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a plane accident and I'm sure you're not afraid of driving on the highway are you? Air travel is the safest way to travel in the world, and definitely worth the time it saves!

If you really want to conquer your fear of flying, many airlines offer a fear of flying course that is taught by a real airline pilot. I'm not sure what you do in the class, but I know that it ends with a graduation flight, and they have a very high success rate!

Don't worry about the flight, just think of all the stuff you'll get to see on your trip!
 
Ady
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 10:23 am

Just keep reminding yourself that you're safer in the air than on the ground. I love airplanes too but I hate flying. Also finding out more about the airlines can help. Look up their safety record.
If u ever feel depressed about urself, just remember that at one time you were the most vicious sperm in ur group.
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 10:27 am

You sound like my mom Swin.....geez, take a cruise or something
 
Davus
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 11:44 am

Future Pilot,

With an attitude like that i hope you dont fly any of the planes i go on. The guy has a legitemate fear of flying and has aksed for help. At least 'try' to give him something positive to look for in aviation. After all.....isnt that why we all come to this forum?.

Swin,

Personally, by far the time i feel most relaxed in my life is when im sitting in an aircraft. It's very smooth (mostly), very relaxing and good to have someone else driving for a change!. I always fly Qantas so this is probably a bit biased but the service is always good.....the attendants are friendly......and i do have to say (as wierd as it is), I love the food!.

Medication may be a good place to start....but be careful not to rely on it. Try perhaps even having one or two stiff drinks whilst in flight....within reason of course. This may just help relax you a bit in the air.

As for the pre-flight jitters.....perhaps you might want to go to your local airport a few days before hand and watch the jumbos come in to land...it really is quite an amazing thing to watch and might just give you an insight into how easily the pilots do it!.

Hope i have been of some help

Dave
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 2:05 pm

Ok i got a good suggestion, go visit the cockpit and talk to the pilots, they can anwser any questions and you will see that everything is under control.......enjoy the flight!.
 
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RE: I Really Need Your Help About Flying

Fri Nov 17, 2000 7:33 pm


Hello,

Thanks a lot for your help. Believe me when I say I feel better now  

Thanks again.
swin

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