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01-22-2003, 09:02 PM
I am very fascinated with aircraft, I love visiting the local regional airport to take pictures from the observation deck. However, I have a strong fear of flying, I cannot bring myself to get on a plane. I want to fly to the west coast, I live in the east, to visit some family, but I cannot bring myself to fly. I am afraid of heights, maybe that is the problem. However, I think my problem lies in crashing due to mechanical problems. I know everyone says that flying is the safest form of travel, I still cannot bring myself to view flying as safe.
Could someone tell me how I can get over my fear??
01-22-2003, 09:22 PM
Lewis check this URL out
It could help
01-22-2003, 09:27 PM
OK...the first thing you do isget some one to buy you a nonrefundable ticket to the West. Then, you go to the airport on the date printed on your ticket. Now: Before you get on the plane, drink so much beer you can't think straight. This should m,ake you get on the plane as it is...
If that doesn't work, there are several websites that can help. You may also want to speak with the pilot and other crew members on your flight. Buy some earplugs if you have to... and if you are scared of a mechanical problem, don't get a window (I've found people freak out even when the flaps come out on approach).
I used to to be scared of flying when I was six, even though myfirst flight was BOM-LHR-JFK when I was four (which actually got me into aviation) . I got over it by constantly forcing myself to fly. My dad helped bny buying tickets for atleast 10 flts. a year...six months and your free!
01-22-2003, 11:13 PM
To overcome my great FEAR of FLYING, I went and learned how to fly.
I highly recommend this to anyone, means permitting.
01-23-2003, 03:56 AM
haha.. texan.. I wasn't afraid of flying until I got my license images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
01-23-2003, 05:25 AM
I would highly recommend against getting overly drunk on a flight if you're a fearful flyer.
Perhaps AmyB, our moderatrix and host of AirDisaster.Com's Fear of Flying Forum (linked above), can chime in here. nod.gif
01-23-2003, 06:49 AM
I did also had fear of flying just for a little year ago.
My dad has been a pilot for long times,
but still I have been a little afraid to fly.
Big airplanes such as the 737 have I not been afraid to fly,
but general aviation small piston single four seters..
But now, I dont have any fear of fliyng at all.
How I lost it:
I just pushed my self up in the air,
start with flying big airlanes,
and then go smaller. And in the end
you should take one or to flight lessons
and try to fly for your self.
Aften six months - you just cant wait to get up in the air again! images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
On a commercial flight fly with some you are comfortable with and it is good if they are seasoned traveler to explain what all the noises are. On a Ga plane(if you ever fly on one) fly with someone who has a track record of proficient and safe flight also, it is nice if they have enough maturity to be sensitive to your fear of flight even though they like it enough to do it for fun(or profit).
01-27-2003, 05:54 AM
Hey, just remember, there are a whole bunch of photographers at airports now a days, and planes don't tend to crash when they are photographed. Anyway hope it helps!!! Long shot but it is a different form of therapy!
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01-28-2003, 01:09 PM
I wouldn't worry. I have known an individual with a phobia of heights but she has no problem riding in a plane and looking down out of a window.
Airliners are very safe. If my facts are correct, 99.999% of all commerical airline flights do not crash. And if that does nothing for you, then just look at the physics involved in flying with Bernoulli (i think his name is) principal. You know, that one where the pressure above the wing is less than the pressure below which gives the plane lift and thus keeps it safely airborne. It's the same principle as when you blow on a dangling sheet of paper held up to your lips, low and behold, it rises. Just make sure the paper is light and thin. Same with a wing.
Don't worry my friend. Riding an airliner is not like a roller coaster or bungee jumping or rockclimbing among others....it's like riding a fast bus or train.
02-02-2003, 01:09 AM
I used to have absolutely no fear what-so-ever of flying but I find that the older I get ( and 09/11 didn't help ) I am developing some "white knuckles" on most flights now.. which sortof sucks out loud! It must be true when they say the older you get, the more "aware" you are of your mortality?
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