Fear of Flying

I’m sure you have noticed (if there is even anyone still looking) that there haven’t been any updates in a quite a long time and while you might think I’m too busy enjoying my newly-minted STOL to post, sadly the opposite is the case.

I have a bit of a fear of flying. Or rather I have a bit of a fear of instigating the act of flying. Once in the air I have confidence in my abilities and knowing my limitations, and usually I absolutely love it. But getting to the runway and pushing the throttle in is hard. And has been hard now for several years. In fact my first flight back in September was my first solo flight in five years.

So all this is to say that since that first flight I’ve not been back up, which is a terrible shame (not to mention a terrible waste) as I would be out of Phase 1 by now and terrorising bugs in the air all around So Cal. I will get over it at some point, but until then I go out from time and start her up, even taxi around a bit to exercise the engine… and say to myself that tomorrow will be the day for sure.

3 comments for “Fear of Flying

  1. Rob Green
    February 5, 2018 at 15:46

    I’m sorry to hear that. I feel the same way at times, and have to push myself to go, largely due to flying infrequently, perhaps only once or twice a month when it used to be weekly during my flight training. Once up there, all is well, but getting going is another thing. Perhaps going up with an instructor a few times might help- it did for me. Best of luck!

  2. David Uhlig
    February 9, 2018 at 10:49

    I actually was worried something bad had happened to you either in the air or on the ground, and that was the reason there were no updates. I’m glad to hear you are OK and I’m hoping this will be a minor glitch. I believe Rob has a good idea in going up with an instructor or even another pilot and their plane for working out the emotional kinks, so to speak. I watched you build that plane for all those years, enjoying it immensely, along with the commentary, and I know you can and will overcome this feeling. Here’s wishing you the Best, Paul !

  3. T Fogelson
    February 9, 2018 at 20:36

    I can sympathize with you. When I was working on the CAF B-17 I slept well. Once we had it back together and it was flying the sleepless nights began. Had I torqued the bolts, had I safety wired the nuts, etc. Going back over all the details. I must have done it all right, as it is still flying 4 years after I retired and moved to AZ.

    Just remember you built it and if you ding something you know how to fix it.


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