Slamming on the Brakes… How are pilots able to bring the airplane to a stop after landing? How is it possible to get an airplane that weighs almost a hundred tons to slow down from over 170 miles per hour to a mere crawl in such a short distance after landing? Why doesn’t the plane […]
Fatigue and Anxiety
Anxiety can be tough enough to handle on its own, but there are a range of contributing factors that can make coping even more difficult. For example, diet, rest, and exercise (or a lack thereof) can all put stress on your body and mind. However, the experience of flying can exacerbate your anxiety by taxing […]
Where’s the Best Place to Sit on a Plane?
Many people who are afraid of flying are looking for tips that they can use to make the flight less uncomfortable. This quest often leads to the question of, It’s a very fair question, with a somewhat complicated answer. Fortunately, we can simplify things and give you a solution that you can apply to pretty […]
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Speak up, the pilots and flight attendants are there to help! Over the years, I’ve come across so many wonderful people who happen to struggle with anxiety when it comes to flying. These individuals come from all walks of life, and despite the fact that the vast majority happen to be strong, intelligent, confident, and […]
Why You Should Always Wear Your Seat Belt
Buckle Up! The best way to stay safe on board any flight is to always buckle your seat belt! For most travelers (and even some seasoned frequent fliers), the most ominous aspect of any flight is the possibility of turbulence. As was illustrated by a recent Aeroflot flight, turbulence can occasionally pose a real threat […]
How do pilots land the plane in bad weather?
How do pilots land the plane in bad weather? For some flyers, much of the flight is perceived to be relatively routine and does not evoke any negative emotions or feelings. That is, until we get to the landing… The grand finale of every flight, the landing is often the phase of flight that really […]
Simple, Basic Fear of Flying Tips…
A few tips to help you on your journey… Don’t Hide Your Fear There is no reason to hide your fear. Feel free to mention it to the flight attendants and even ask if you can go up to the cockpit and visit with the pilots. As an airline pilot myself, I can tell you […]
How safe is it to fly over water?
Long flights over water can be a source of concern for some fliers who are accustomed to looking out the window and seeing solid ground and a suitable place to land (should the need arise). Ocean crossings to Europe, Asia, and other regions typically involve a flight path that will take the plane over water […]
The truth and myths about oxygen masks on airplanes
Do you really need to wear the oxygen mask if it drops from the ceiling? It’s pretty safe to assume that just about everyone is familiar with flight attendant safety demonstrations at the start of every flight… “In case there is a loss in cabin pressure, yellow oxygen masks will deploy from the ceiling compartment […]
How safe and reliable is the maintenance of commercial airliners?
It’s understandable for a passenger to question how the plane they are flying on is being maintained since the only time most people even get close to an airplane is when they are a passenger. Fortunately, for people with a fear of flying, there are plenty of reasons to feel confident that airlines and the […]