Category: Understanding Flying

  • Fear of Flying: What is a ‘Go-Around’?

    You may have experienced this in the past, or possibly will do in the future. You are on the final approach to your destination, the landing gear is down, and you are looking forward to getting some fresh air. Suddenly, the landing gear is retracted, and you shoot back up into the sky. A flight […]

  • How an Aircraft Flies: Control Surfaces

    The basic rules of flight state that for an aircraft to fly straight, at a continuous speed, then lift must equal weight, and thrust must equal drag. But, of course, it wouldn’t be much use if an aircraft could only fly straight would it?! So, how does a plane ascend, descend, turn and increase/decrease speed? […]

  • Fear of Flying: What About Engine Failure?

    A big fear for many of you appears to be the possibility of engine failure. Admittedly it does sound scary, but there are a few reasons why you do not need to worry about it; Jet engine reliability is outstanding. The engines are built to such a high standard, and with such a degree of […]

  • Help For Fear of Flying: Aerodynamics Explained

    Many flying fears stem from a lack of understanding of aerodynamics, and how the aircraft stays in the air. In this article I’m going to explain the basics for you, to help you gain more knowledge on the subject and overcome your fear of flying. It’s a common misconception that the aircraft’s engines keep the […]

  • Flying Fear: How Do Airplanes Fly?

    When it comes to getting over your fear of flying, one of the best treatments is …….. knowledge. Understanding how an aircraft flies, and stays in the air, is a great way of feeling safer and more calm while flying. I will be covering much of this for you in future weeks – but as […]