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Hi there! Just got back from Lanzarote and had 2 great flights: on the way out we were sat at the front of economy next to the exit door and had a stewardess sitting directly opposite us on take-off and landing. Was reassuring to see the stewardess looking completely relaxed. I knew I was overcoming my fear when the boy behind me said that the wings looked like they were going to drop off (was just windy on landing), and my reaction was to smile - they CAN'T fall off!! On the way back we were 2 rows from the back of the plane which I felt a bit uncomfortable with at first, am used to sitting near the front and felt less in control. However, on the 4 hour flight back I read 152 pages of my book, a huge improvement!! Normally I'd be lucky to read one page, I used to find it very hard to focus on anything other than worrying.
This improvement I think has come about through understanding what sights and sounds to expect, the changes in the shape of the wings (am now fascinated by the wing!) and treating it as a normal activity, just like taking the train or bus. So thank you Captain Keith!
Just have 2 questions from the return flight that would be really helpful if you could answer:
1) On take-off on the return flight when I was sat at the back, it felt like the engine went from being incredibly loud for the first minute or two, to very quiet as we were still ascending. What sounds can you expect to hear from the engine on take-off and descent, when you're sitting at the back of the plane?
2) On the descent we banked 3 times in short succession, i.e we turned, then levelled before turning again. This is probably a daft question, but why didn't we do one continuous turn, why 3 separate turns?