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It was long time since last time I've posted here. Just wanted to share with you how I'm doing with my fears. As you can see in the title things are going well. Now it happens that I need to fly quite often and my relations with planes had changed completely. I can tell you that I do not feel any fear and do not experience any sleepless nights just before flight, my trip to airport is always nice and fun. I'm always trying to get as early as possible to airport - just to watch the planes as I really enjoy it.
One things which is still existing is some small fear when I'm in the plane waiting for take-off and then take-off itself. I still can't watch through the window and I'm still sitting with closed eyes and waiting for seat belt sign to go off. After that I just enjoy my flight.
Now you maybe wonder what it changed so much. I think first thing - is Keith help, books and all understanding about planes, movements and 'strange' sounds. When you can explain it to yourself during flight then you're already ok :) Next thing that helped me is frequent flying. I mean not that frequent as a pilot, but at least once per month, maybe twice. Then you get used to it. Third thing is your own psychology. Somehow I've realized that planes are really safest type of transport and somehow I've tried to compare it with the cars. In both cases you can have problems and accidents, but I've came up with brilliant idea of why plane is more safe ! If, I mean really IF something is going wrong with the plane, then pilot has still a lot of time to fix the issues which is not available in case of cars, so I'm really convinced now that planes are most safest way of travel ! All other things is just strange 'movements', strange feelings, turbulence and so on which is not maybe very comfortable, but still perfectly safe !
Also there is one more thing that has helped me. There is one (or maybe several) internet site where you can find all incidents happened with airliners. Nor you maybe want to ask why on earth I look on that type of sites, BUT.... you just realize that everyday there is some minor small incidents with planes, but they are just daily routine for pilots and they are always solved. Maybe you can see it differently as a passenger, but it is just normal. That makes me feel that flying is more routine than riding your car !
So all in all I feel really comfortable with planes. I just can't overcome my fear of heights which is different story.
If I continue like that maybe I can call myself as a successful flyer in few months :) By the way, flying again day after tomorrow. Just no worries ! :) And I would like to say my special thanks to captain Keith for his effort to answer maybe sometimes strange questions about physics of the flight and some other stuff :) Thank you all being with me all this time and helping. I really enjoy being in this community and see you when I'll return back from my small holiday !
Best regards !