So…where do I begin? So both flights were fairly turbulent in my eyes. No more than, say, 5-10 mins of what I consider to be smooth. But, I progressed definitely. 100% certain of that.
My fear “ended earlier” than it has done on any previous flight I can remember I.e. On the way out, the fear almost completely disappeared after about 60% of the flights duration and I even went to the toilet when it was a little bumpy. Interestingly, I did question in my own mind “why doesn’t the pilot just ascend a few thousand more feet to get out of this high cloud” and I actually came up with the own answer in my head which is a first, for definite. It was answering my own question but it was a “Keith” response! “Because it’s not dangerous”!
The other achievement was not immediately looking up to see if the seatbelt sign had been switched on when hearing the beeps in the cabin. I left it 20 seconds before doing so (rather than an immediate glance up to see if I needed to strap myself in tightly!). Another achievement was relying less on looking out the window to remind my brain that we weren’t falling during the little bumps. I still needed to from time to time but less so and at one point I closed the window shutter to help with that.
I had an exercise book to jot down thoughts/flight diary etc. and focus attention etc.
I did have a few elastic band snaps on the flight out but that was ok and all part of the process I guess.
Way back was a little more bumpy but was quite calm at the airport and even getting on the plane and taxiing. Seatbelt sign came on for 10 mins or so at cruising and that was a challenge but I did my breathing and used the window view to assist. Didn’t get anywhere near full panic mode but it was a challenge.
So, as I write this I am thinking that the next time I need to go to XXX for work I may suggest flying instead of what I normally do which is get the train!
If I am not flying for a while now, any hints/tips on what I need to do?