Affecting people in many different ways - vertigo, claustrophobia... for others it's concerns about an inability to escape. Some are terrified of take offs, some fear landings, for others its turbulence, or perhaps you just always have that feeling something bad is going to happen on to your flight.
The fear can be so intense that for some it can ruin the holiday, for as soon as they land they are terrified about the return flight.
Turbulence is no big deal, even though it can feel to some the scariest part of flying, however turbulence is no cause for alarm.
Turbulence is safe and part of everyday life, like going on a boat and encountering a few waves or driving over potholes in the road, it can be irritating, but perfectly safe.
The most common cause of turbulence is turbulent air in the atmosphere.
Another type is thermal turbulence, it's created by hot rising air, usually from cumulus clouds or thunderstorms.
Mechanical turbulence is caused by landscape, mountains or tall buildings as they can distort the wind flow in the sky above.
Aeroplanes can also create turbulence, the wings create wake turbulence, this can affect planes flying behind one another on approach
Whether it's the bing bongs or the noises of the aircraft and engines themselves they each have reasons that can be explained.
Chimes are often a way for us in the flight deck to communicate with the cabin crew & vice versa, noises from the aircraft itself can be the landing gear being extended or retracted as well as the flaps. Whereas you can expect noises from the engines just the same as you would from driving your car.
Airplanes operate best at their cruise altitudes, the engines also operate best in these conditions where the air is colder and thinner meaning we are able to burn less fuel and fly faster, this also has its benefits as we are above the weather and clouds that are around the lower atmosphere thus giving a smoother ride, were also able to take advantage of jet streams which allow us to get you to your destination earlier