Fearful flyers worry about being airborne … here are some helpful facts
If I were asked to say what I thought the average fearful flyer was most anxious about I’d have to say that they think that of being airborne is something that makes them feel uneasy, because it’s not natural, it’s all balanced on a knife edge, always seconds from possible disaster. A whole set of wrong ideas that reinforce each other.
The reality is so different. Planes fly because they have to. Apply certain forces to them and they fly. Just because you can’t see where the forces come from doesn’t mean they’re not there. It seems to me that people are more likely to acceptb the laws and facts of space travel than the much simpler laws of flying. I think it’s to do with the engines … no engines means disaster. Despite comparisons with gliders, birds, the space shuttle re-entry and flight to a safe landing, it’s those pesky engines that cause the problem.
That’s why people worry about flying at night, or over the water or in cloud … what do you do if the engines stop? It’s a very very big if … but if they stop , we glide.
What about when something goes wrong … how many milli seconds are there for the pilot to react? Don’t fret, it’s unheard of in modern commercial aviation that a pilot has to react with the speed of a film star flying a studio set. You’d be amazed at the quiet unhurried systematic approach we use to deal wiuth what you want to call an emergency.
Forget all the nonsense you’ve heard previously and read the facts here, and go flying without fear. The following pages on this menu tells you the truth about being ‘ In the air’.