WrestlerBoy saidI, like most pilots, am terrified of heights.
WrestlerBoy saidVery true. And fortunately for you, I'm the "dude mechanic" so I'll make sure you're maintained properly.
WrestlerBoy saidI am petrified of flying, and know nothing about it (which is probably why I am petrified of it). I once heard a pilot say that landing the aircraft is basically a "controlled crash"? Is that accurate? If it is, of course, that makes me feel even.....better A "controlled crash" is one you can walk away from but have shitloads of paperwork to fill out.
A "normal landing" is one that you can walk away from and still reuse the plane without any additional maintenance.
By that definition, even with a "normal landing" some of the contents of the plane (me) always need "additional maintenance".
See, you flying types always mock the seriously terrified afflicted, like me We have this "really" stormy approach and landing in Tokyo last month... dithering, as I leave the plane, I say to the captain, "Gee, nice job; thanks." "Well, even a blind mouse finds a piece of cheese once in a while." See, THAT didn't make me feel any better, either!!!
The difference between pilots and fly-o-phobes is that pilots take lessons to learn how to control that fear (and subsequently, the airplane itself).
The feeling of not being in control is the root cause of fly-o-phobia.
Well, yes, and that is me all over. I mean, I just KNOW it's only my own two hands gripping the armrests and sweating that is actually keeping the thing in the air to begin with.
As an airline steward , i deal almost every day with your kind , and i really feel for you ..
I always try to explain to them , they have more chance to be injured or killed on their way to the airport than to be on the flight they are on !
I totally concur with Pauflexes comment about not being in control of his/her destiny is the root cause of phobia .
My poor mother was totally fearful when she wasn't driving , she would tense so much , that most of the time , the driver would give her the wheel . As soon as she was in control of the car she was riding on , her fear would disappear and she would totally relax ..