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I drink a lot of alcohol to relax during long distance flight
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Thursday, 24 October 2013 14:33


How to get over your fear of flying

Hi Capt Lim

I am scared of flying. Every time I fly on long distance, I drink a lot of alcohol. For me this helps me relax and not be in a state of anxiety for the duration of the flight.

Why is this not advised by the cabin crew?

I find it helps me.

Thanks.

Niall

Hi Niall,

I understand you ‘overcame’ your fear of flying by indulging in excessive alcohol consumption. This is not something that an airline would recommend to their passengers. Perhaps you are a passive drinker but drinking excessively can sometimes give rise to air rages by others.

Further, some airlines do remind passengers in their in-flight magazine to minimise consumption of alcohol on board the flight. Alcohol is a diuretic which can cause further dehydration because of the extremely dry air in the cabin.

This is one reason why some cabin crew are unlikely to recommend anyone to drink alcohol to overcome their fear of flying.

Some doctors recommend anti-depressant medications but ultimately fear of flying can be best overcome by knowledge. There are a lot of literatures on this topic in this website
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Remember, knowledge is power. Knowledge is the antidote of fear. Maybe you would like to read my book LIFE IN THE SKIES just launched to enhance your knowledge about flying.

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External Temperature Readings
I have been an avid simulator fan for some fifteen years, and the base programme gives three types of flight deck / cockpit panels on which they provide a temperature reading appertaining to the external temperature. However, there are two "versions: - TAT and SAT. They may be the same thing, but what do the initials mean?

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Alec White , 11 Nov, 2013
External Temperature Readings
Hi Alec,

TAT stands for Total Air Temperature.

In aviation, it is also known as the stagnation temperature. This temperature is measured by a temperature probe mounted on the surface of the aircraft. The probe is designed to bring the air to rest relative to the aircraft. In this process, the kinetic energy is converted into internal energy resulting in increase in temperature.

Thus the TAT is higher than the SAT or Static Air Temperature (ambient temperature).

The SAT also refers to the outside temperature around the aircraft that is unaffected by the airflow.

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Captain Lim , 12 Nov, 2013

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