joe77 wrote:Every time I have been in the air, the air was as still as can be, and pretty much never experienced any turbulence of any kind (guess I lucked out).
joe77 wrote:However, I am someone that was never able to handle a roller coaster (mostly because I grew up never having the opportunity to ride one I suppose).
VSMUT wrote:When flying a light airplane, especially for recreation, you won't be likely to go up on bad days with turbulence.
Woodreau wrote:Although your normal category trainer is certified for +2.5g to -1g, virtually all of your flying in light aircraft will never approach those limits. Roller coasters are designed to exert large g-force changes on its passengers because that’s usually what the riders want.
I had a flight where the FO didn’t flare. Just planted it on the runway - bang! It was the hardest landing I’d ever experienced in a 320. I wrote up the hard landing and when they pulled the Load 15 report it was 1.6gs. Well within the limitations of the aircraft.
e38 wrote:joe77, I hope you don't mind if I put your question back on topic, because I don't think you are really asking about the g limits of aircraft.
If you are thinking of pursuing a career in flying, or at least getting your private pilot license, then my advice is to go ahead and DO IT.
You don't want to look back many years from now and wish you had tried it.
You stated, " I have been a few times in small aircraft and have even had the opportunity to pilot one for a little . . ."
Joe, what did you think? Did you find the flights interesting and the experience intriguing? Did it seem like something you would like to do on a regular basis? If so, then absolutely go ahead and do it. A couple of thoughts:
First, you made reference to not enjoying riding a roller coaster. It's very difficult to compare riding a roller coaster and turbulence in an aircraft. From my perspective, they are not similar at all. As Woodreau mentioned in Reply # 9, "Roller coasters are designed to exert large g-force changes on its passengers . . ." They are designed to be "intense" for the thrill of the rider. In most cases, turbulence is not "intense." Perhaps "irritating" at times, but in most cases, turbulence does not have the intensity of a roller coaster.
Second, yes, if you fly an airplane you will experience turbulence from time to time. However, I have found that if you are actually flying the aircraft, the turbulence is much less noticeable since you are involved in other tasks and your mind will focus more on the actual flying, navigating, communicating, etc. than on the turbulence.
As VSMUT posted in Reply # 7, "you won't be likely to go up on bad days with turbulence." In other words, if you have another career and just fly as a recreational pilot, you can choose to fly on days when turbulence is minimized--early mornings are usually more conducive to a smooth flight. If you fly as a career, then, of course you won't be able to choose the specific conditions during which you would like to fly.
Finally, I have worked with students who experienced motion sickness with regard to flying in general and turbulence in particular, but those feelings tended to dissipate,and in some cases, completely disappeared over time.
So, my advice is to go for it. Enroll in a private pilot course at a local FBO or flight school, or with your friend the instructor (although sometimes friends and family are not the best instructors). If at some point you discover that flying just isn't right for you, or the turbulence you experience is especially unpleasant, then discontinue the training. It won't be time and money wasted, it will be time and money well invested to discover something about yourself and you certainly won't look back years from now wondering, "what if . . .?"
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