Sarah's Blog (8)

Nailed it!

Over the summer I took 5 flights in 4 weeks. I really think I’m where I wanted to be with getting over my fear.

Normally booking tickets would be stressful and involve researching airline safety records and checking weather forecasts. This time I genuinely forgot to do all that. The only flight where that crossed my mind was with Croatia Airlines, but I remembered Keith saying any carrier that flies over the EU has to comply with massively strict rules and that made me feel…

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Added by Sarah on September 14, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Some things can be worried about, some really shouldn't be.

It's been almost 9 months since I last posted a blog. I've flown 6 times since then.

A few weeks ago was our May holiday and I went with some friends to Georgia. I was really excited about the holiday and did everything I could to not think about the two-hour flight there and back. Then a couple of days before leaving I cracked and went on an internet frenzy, checking weather forecasts, looking at details of Tbilisi airport (looking for nearby mountains), and trying to guess what kind…

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Added by Sarah on June 6, 2013 at 12:42am — No Comments

Finding an answer

I was reading this blog - the thing about the spoons. I remember Keith telling us about it on the groundcourse, and Enrico going to the bathroom to try it out. And I vaguely remembered having heard of it before.

A day or so after posting the blog, Keith gave the answer to what caused it - Bernoulli's principle. Again, I thought it sounded familiar but I didn't really know…

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Added by Sarah on September 15, 2012 at 1:55am — 1 Comment

First good flight in years!!!

What was different about this flight?

In the run up to the flight, I didn’t spend as much time dwelling on it or panicking, and I think the course had a lot to do with that. There wasn’t as much to speculate about and I could answer a lot of questions that came up on my own. Having said that, in the week before there were a couple of days when the nerves did hit, and badly! I probably crammed a week’s worth of fretting into two days. My mantra for the week was, ‘there’s nothing…

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Added by Sarah on August 18, 2012 at 10:55pm — 3 Comments

My groundcourse

Edited version. Full version is here on my other blog.

I was nervous going into this course. Normally, when I get on a plane and I’m scared, I do everything I can to block out the fear and the negative thoughts and try to ignore them. But today I was actually going to face them and not block them and it seemed like it was going to be a difficult thing to do.

But despite being…

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Added by Sarah on August 10, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments

Late night thoughts.

Sorry if this makes no sense. I can't sleep (worried about stuff) and I thought I'd write a blog post. I actually wrote a long blog about my experiences on Keith's ground course but I'm not sure if I'll post it (it's not bad or anything, it's just long.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I learnt on the course and on my own strategy for getting over this (because I WILL get over this <grrrrr>.)

I think I’ve been holding onto this fear, a bit like a safety blanket.…

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Added by Sarah on August 3, 2012 at 3:57am — 1 Comment

Pre-flight lists

Following some advice from Keith about prioritising and de-stressing, I started making lists. It’s certainly cathartic, if nothing else. Lists of things to do are easy. Clean, pack, check documents, I can do all those with no stress. More problematic are the random worries and fears that I can’t find anything practical to do about. Still, why not try. Put them on a list where I can see them, and address them one by one.

List of worries.

1)      I’ll get shaken down for…

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Added by Sarah on July 20, 2012 at 4:15pm — 7 Comments

Pilots may be human after all.

I haven't posted a blog on here yet. I actually have another blog over on wordpress where I write about this stuff. I'd like to link to it eventually but not until I get a chance to make it look a bit better. Still, I wrote this post in response to a blog I found here, so I thought I'd post it on this site too. Feel free to comment, agree, disagree or ignore as you see fit :)

I’ve just read a blog here…

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Added by Sarah on July 18, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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