When you enter an aircraft they’ll be a hum of background noise because the air conditioning and electricity are running.
When the engines start the lights may flicker and these humming sounds may stop and start. This is because they switch from being run by an auxiliary ground unit to being run from the aircraft. As each one switches over it can cause them to switch on and off momentarily.
You’ll also hear other electrical equipment being switched on. Some large jets take a while to start as each system is switched on in turn. Its just like when you start your computer and wait for everything to load.
Whilst travelling to the runway you may hear the rumble as the front wheel goes over the runway lights.
Noises on the ground
Noises in flight
Many anxious flyers don’t like the sound of take off, they think the aircraft is operating at its limit. I can reassure you it’s not, despite the noise it’s operating well within its maximum capabilities. During take off the pilot actually keeps the plane on the ground a little longer to build in a safety buffer.
During the flight you may hear wind noises as the airflow changes when the aircraft speed changes and even changes in engine noise as the aircraft power settings are changed.
When landing the thrust reversers will add to the noise, these allow the aircraft to slow down really quickly. They make noise when they are deployed and move into place.
Remember that noises can appear louder when flying at night or sitting away from windows. This is because your mind is compensating for a lack of visual evidence so it tunes in to what you hear to try to build a better picture. Equally if you’re in a heightened stress response they’ll also appear louder as your body tunes into minute details in the hope of helping you overcome the ‘danger’.
All of these noises are perfectly normal and not dangerous in any way. Knowing more about what you’ll hear and expecting it will go some way to reducing your bodies natural stress response. Remember that all these noises are a sign that everything is working as it should and remind yourself that you are safe.
I hope that helps, until next time.
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Do you have a gifted imagination?
Answer the questions below to find out:
- Do you spend time wondering what if this, that or the other happened?
- Do you sit imagining what would happen if the plane crashed?
- Do you envisage how being injured, trapped or dying would feel?
- Do you look around and wonder what others see when they look at you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions chances are you have a wonderful imagination and this could be playing a part in creating your negative flying experience.
Research has shown that your body responds in the same way whether you are completing a task for real or just imagining it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at a suitcase, sitting in a car or waiting in the check-in queue, these negative thoughts about flying cause your body to respond as if those fears are real.
So what can you do? Here’s three tips to help you.
How to overcome the power of your imagination
- Say stop when your negative thoughts start and divert your thinking to something you want or something that makes you feel good.
- Use your imagination for good, spend time thinking about how good the flight will be, how relaxed you’ll feel, how wonderful the holiday will be etc.
- Learn good techniques for relaxation before you go, so your mind is used to them. It won’t conjure up amazingly wonderful images for the first time whilst you’re feeling apprehensive, you have to practice them first.
The most common mistake that stops these tips working.
The key to making this work is authenticity. Your brain is super clever and knows when you’re faking so really put some effort in. Empty words will have no impact on changing how you feel about flying, what you imagine, see and think has to be authentic. You need find a way to say those positive things and think those wonderful thoughts with feeling, create something that is beautiful and wonderful for you. No matter what it is so long as it’s wonderful for you it will work.
You have an amazing gift of a wonderful imagination, it’s time to make it work for you instead of against you. I hope this gives you some inspiration to harness that power for good.
Until next time
PS If you’d like help kicking your imagination into touch and gaining back control, take a look at my phobias package by clicking here.
PPS If you missed Fiona’s story about how she used hypnotherapy to help her take a trip of a lifetime to New York you can read it here.
Here's Fiona's Story:
The initial problem was trip of a life time to New York. I am an extremely anxious flyer, never been to America and never flown that far before. More recently I had become anxious about any travel be it a passenger in a car or on a train. I would sit rigid or make any excuse not to go even a trip to the supermarket would make me panic.
I was able to go through the whole journey feeling less anxious or scared I was able to sit back and relax throughout most of the journey, infact it was over before I realised and I even had to take the last plane sat on my own next to the window. I have never done that before.
I no longer dread going anywhere, I don’t make excuses not to go I see past the journey and look forward to what is at the other end.
Hypnosis is not something to be scared of. I did not know what to expect but you have to participate 100% and go along with it to feel the benefits. It’s a journey but with a good outcome. You feel so relaxed, ready to face the world and any demons whatever they may be. The whole experience is exhilarating especially when you feel the outcome.
Zoe has such a lovely calming voice, she has a lovely personality, a good listener and understanding of your situation I could listen to her voice all day and I am sure you will not be disappointed. Her surgery in Elland is very calming and relaxing with the comfiest chair I have ever sat in. Of course, I would recommend her to anyone and I already have sung her praises to all my friends.
The results are obvious to me and my family. I have Zoe’s CD and sometimes when life knocks my confidence a little I put Zoe on and discover myself all over again. But I take comfort in the fact that Zoe is there if I ever need her again and I would not hesitate.
I hope that gives you some insight into hypnotherapy, what it feels like and how powerful it can be. If you have a phobia you'd like to banish, I'd love to help and I'm only a phone call away: 07712 445651
Until next time
Common flying fears:
1) Feeling claustrophobic.
2) Feeling something terrible is going to happen, terrorism, crash etc.
3) Feeling you’re going to make a fool of yourself and be embarrassed.
4) Feeling its out of your control, like you’re not in the driving seat.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Hypnotherapy gives you an opportunity, in a relaxed and comfortable space to rebuild your confidence, examine the reasons for your fear and learn effective ways to manage or overcome your nerves.
Hypnotherapy can turn your anxiety into positivity and during a wonderful relaxation offer suggestions and support to change your thinking patterns so you can take back control and feel ready to fly.
Even pilots say that flying is one of the safest ways to travel. Hypnotherapy can help you get there.
Until next time
PS. If you’ve decided that now is the time to do something about your fear of flying check out my phobia package here: www.refreshedminds.com/phobias