to the Editor
FROM: Kevin Rose
wanted to tell how I am conquering
my fear of flying: by
taking flying lessons and working
towards a private pilot certificate.
may not be for everyone; it works
for me, possibly because of a
technical background as an avionics
has always been tough for me, but
experiencing it as a pilot-trainee
(and slowing to maximum-design
turbulence speed) when I'm at the
controls, shows me it is not
something to fear.
time, when the pilot of a Canadair
Regional Jet suddenly chopped the
power, I thought we were going to
dive to the ground and crash. That
did it! I resolved to
never fly again. But,
knowing that wasn’t a reasonable
solution to my fears, I decided to
learn to fly myself.
wasn’t easy. I
came back shaking after my first few
times in a Cessna 172.
am I doing up here?" I
I stuck with it and soon began to
enjoy the training. By
the time we started practicing
stalls, emergency procedures and
emergency landings, the rest of my
fears slipped away. I
recovered from each potential
emergency very nicely.
that I am authorized to solo in the
local area and land at two other
airports nearby, I am finding true
enjoyment of flight. It
is also comforting to know I can
choose to drive, fly the airlines,
or fly myself.
used to get upset with airline
agents when I encountered delays,
missed connections, and lost
baggage. My attitude
paying for this; I demand exemplary
as a student pilot I have learned
the complexities of flight. I
will never again
complain of airline delays, lost
baggage, or missed connections.
Cessna 172 is complex enough. A plane with
turbine engines is all the more
complex; I'm amazed that airlines do
as well as they do.
side benefit of learning to fly:
I'm now more relaxed in day-to-day
life (my wife is very supportive of
my learning to fly). Just
about all my friends are amazed that
I can fly -- even after 100 years,
flying is a great achievement. It's
a great way to meet new people.
recommend learning to fly as a way
of combating a fear of flying. While
I don't plan on becoming an airline
pilot, I might acquire a Flight
Instructor rating so I can teach
what I now love.
on the Fear of Flying, Ed.]
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