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Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 5:51 pm 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 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
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 6:28 pm

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. Rocks, thank you for existing.

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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 7:02 pm

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 8:14 pm

No. Not unless I'm doing the flying of the aircraft myself.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 8:23 pm

nervious.....never Smile. Its always a thrill to fly
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sat May 07, 2005 9:30 pm

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 2:04 am

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 5:14 am

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 6:55 am

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 8:02 am

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
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 11:20 am

I used to be nervous when I was younger, but over the years I have found myself becoming less and less nervous about flying.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 6:59 pm

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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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 7:08 pm

Nope, never really nervous as of yet. Always had fun in the sky.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Sun May 08, 2005 8:12 pm

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 

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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Mon May 09, 2005 12:05 am


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.

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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Mon May 09, 2005 6:14 am

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Mon May 09, 2005 6:17 am

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.
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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Mon May 09, 2005 6:42 am

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.

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RE: Are You Nervous When You Take A Plane?

Tue May 10, 2005 8:35 am

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

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