"Let me look upon my fear as something that
I need to confront - not something that I must
shy away from."
shy away from."
Last week I received an email from a young man who is interested in flying but felt nervous during his introductory flight. While I attempt to not be repetitive, some messages need to be repeated. Thus we see Eleesha's inspirational quote one more time. A perfect intro to Justin's question.
"I have always been fascinated with flying. Ever since I was a little kid, I have wanted to be a pilot. I went on my first discovery flight recently and I had a good time. I was pretty nervous at times. Especially during some of the turns.
With this being said, is that normal? I don't want to start training in a career where I'm just going to be scared shitless every day! lol. I plan on taking a few more flights just to see how I do. I am kind of nervous about stall training. Is it normal to be nervous, or do good pilots look forward to challenging events such as those? Any help would be appreciated."
Justin you are not alone in the nerves department. I'm sure every pilot has felt this emotion. Especially in the beginning. I know I have. It's the unknown that produces those feelings. Everyone pushing their comfort zone will feel nervous until we feel comfortable at what we are doing. Those nerves will diminish as you gain experience and confidence.
Nerves can be a good thing. They can be a warning sign that you need to keep your eyes open and attention alert. There is an excellent post, Acknowledging Fear, that would be a good read.
Part of what keeps a pilot sharp is not falling into a complacency mode. Nerves prickling your skin will we keep you on our toes, awareness alert, and focus sharp. Use those nerves wisely, but do not allow them to control you.
The lessons I have learned along the way is to honor those fears, and then do what it takes to not let them control you. Another student pilot had a fear of the next phase of flight... the solo. I recommend you also read the Fear of Flying.
If being a pilot is something you want to do, acknowledge those fears, take your lessons and learn how to fly. I suspect you will watch them diminish before your eyes.
Read the post Secrets To Success and focus on numbers six and seven... they are all about fear. In addition, read Andrew Hartley's Friday Flyer and the quote by his father... amazing advice.
For everyone else....
Have you ever felt fear while flying?
Or a fear doing anything...
How did you get over it?
Enjoy the Journey!