Just got back from Newcastle and even though it was a 70 minute flight, the last 30 mins of it was sheer terror for me.  Looking back on that now I've had a cup of tea, it's kind of embarassing in a …

Just got back from Newcastle and even though it was a 70 minute flight, the last 30 mins of it was sheer terror for me.  Looking back on that now I've had a cup of tea, it's kind of embarassing in a way as there were quiet tears from me and then a quick excuse to run to the bathroom to be ill.  Since the Japan flight I was kiiiind of hoping it would be okay since it was a short hop, but ouch I think that one set me back.

We were unfortunate to encounter bad weather, heavy rain, strong winds and low cloud cover for Cork.  Which, in all honesty, is kind of normal for that airport.  It's 600ft above sea level and I swear on everything it has it's own darned weather system.  Needless to say the descenet wasn't just bumpy, it was enough to make the bags fall out of overhead compartments.  I think when we did land I had to literally prise myself off of the seat in front of me.

I'll still be flying though.  I get the feeling lack of sleep and only having 2 days home after Japan before having another flight also contributed, but it looks like more homework for me.

Captain, do you know if there are any of the help courses like the ones that you do, but based in Ireland?   I know Aer Lingus used to do one in Cork but they no longer do it.  It would be good to know if there are any reputable ones you know of, since I et the feeling flying out to have a flying course would just set me back on anything I learned during it.

Anyway, good luck on your flights guys.  No matter how much mine bounced, which still makes me cringe, we still landed and I'm still sat at home with a cuppa.  ♥

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Comment by Captain Keith on August 1, 2012 at 10:22am

alptraum.............Ja...as long as you're not thinking in German!!


Comment by Elizabeth on August 1, 2012 at 7:40am

Hey, what an achievement-why "beat yourself up -you flew from Japan you flew back to Cork you did it-so try and change the way you are thinking .When one is anxious all our senses are in a heightened state so a slight bit of "normal" flying movement of the plane  can seem somewhat horrific to a nervous person.Build on your recent experience -try relaxation deep breathing and prepare for your next flight -as for the overhead  lockers people cram too much in them these days and during a very calm flight one opened causing a bag to fall out .You could always fly to Southampton from Cork and attend one of keith's courses as he is only about 30 miles from Southampton airport!

Comment by Sarah on August 1, 2012 at 12:05am

Doesn't sound like anything to be embarassed about. If the landing was as [xxx] as you say, I'm sure a lot of other people in the plane were feeling as bad, if not worse. In fact I'd imagine people who aren't usually scared were worried, which makes it even more impressive that you, someone who admits to not liking flying, managed to deal with it as you did. As Keith said - success!

And I'm sure being tired from the Japan trip was a factor too. I can't think of any situations in life that aren't made easier by being well fed and well rested. After only 2 days, you were probably still jet-lagged!

Hope you manage to find a course!

Comment by Darius R on July 31, 2012 at 9:38pm

I suppose my worries are gone too, but I'm afraid its until next flight :(

Comment by Kate N Evans on July 31, 2012 at 9:08pm

Can we say alptraum instead?   I tease :)   Thanks for that Captain, I think that just buried any worries about weather conditions and landing in them I have.

Comment by Darius R on July 31, 2012 at 8:57pm

Felling slightly better after Captain's response. About banned word - I agree and sorry.

Comment by Captain Keith on July 31, 2012 at 8:51pm

Hey guys

It's normal to take off in what you would think is bad weather but it's no problem for the pilots or the plane.

We don't make decisions on whether to take off or not on 'feelings' . The criteria for take off and landing are very strictly enforced. But bad weatehr isn't turbulence....'bad weather' to pilots is to do with  visibility, cloud base and wind conditions...we have no choice in the matter if it's outside the limits we don't operate.

It's nowhere near as subjective as you imagine. If bags fell out of the lockers in flight then they weren't secured properly.

By the way the word nighmare is now banned!!!!


Comment by Kate N Evans on July 31, 2012 at 8:32pm

It was a Boeing 737-377 (B733), which is strange to me for short hops as I normally take airbus 320s I think they are. 

Comment by Darius R on July 31, 2012 at 8:30pm

Well if bags fell off overhead compartments I suppose it wasn't so innocent and 'normal'. It was a nightmare I suppose for fearful flyer. By the way, what type of aircraft it was ?

Comment by Kate N Evans on July 31, 2012 at 8:18pm

I just don't understand why pilots are allowed to land at such weather conditions ? Your blog entry is very related to my turbulence fears. I can't understand is it landing or taking at such conditions is treated as 'normal' ?

I think it's because it's never as bad as it seems to us.  They do have restrictions on landing in bad conditions because I've been diverted to Shannon airport, a 2 hour drive away several times.  I guess if it's not over that safety line, it's not as dangerous as it seems.


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