Comedian Steven Wright once said that he’s not afraid of heights, but he is afraid of widths. Oddly enough, many pilots also have a skewed perspective when it comes to dimensions.

I have no scientific evidence to prove it, but an unusually high percentage of pilots I know are afraid of heights. They, however, draw a distinction between being on board an aircraft and, as Alfred Hitchcock would have it, dangling off Mount Rushmore.

All it takes to keep the phobia at bay is a cocoon made of thin-gauge aluminum or treated fabric and some plexiglass. Never mind the fact that the cocoon might be moving at 150 knots.

What’s really interesting–and fairly unsettling–is if you’ve ever been on a formation flight and seen how much airplanes will twist in the air. Sea creatures do the same in the water, of course, so think of it as a sign of strength. But I just wonder if any of them are afraid of depths. 

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73 Responses to “Are pilots afraid of heights?”

  1. propgirl Says:

    I will fly an airplane, but won’t climb a ladder. As for depths, been diving to 120+ ft. with no worries…there’s nowhere to go but up!

  2. NoseDive Says:

    I totally agree with “propgirl”;s comment. So many non-pilots are shocked when I tell them I have a fear of hieghts, but other pilots seem to understand right away. It must be more common than I thought.

  3. Ben C. Says:

    My fear of heights deals with balance. I can’t stand at the edge of a cliff, but if I sit at the edge I am comforatble. Same in an airplane. I am seated so I have no problem with height.

  4. Shaun Says:

    I was just saying this the other day, I don’t like climbing on the roof of my house yet I have no problem flying the plane. I think its the fact that in the plane I know I can control my decent and with falling off something you are not in control.

  5. Richard Says:

    I agree. I have never been afraid of being a mile high inside my 172 cockpit, but several years ago I had to crawl down the ramp to the observation deck of Brasstown Bald mountain in Georgia! It must be due to being “safely enclosed” in the cockpit. I’ve never flown in an open cockpit aircraft, so I don’t know how I would respond

  6. mary M. Says:

    This article is absolutely correct… I have always been afraid of heights, but have no problems when it comes to flying a plane. I love being up in the skies, and some of my favorite times are when I’m doing maneuvering flight for landings; I find it just thrilling. I agree with Saun that it must be the feeling of control one has when piloting a plane. (Does this also have anything to do with enjoying roller coasters?)

  7. Ed Maloof Says:

    I also agree. I used to work at a small grass airport in NH. I was on a hangar roof( 25 feet agl) trying to replace a windsock. I totally froze-up and the fire department had to come and rescue me off the roof. That was 30 years ago. This year my wife had to go on the roof 7 times to shovel the snow off. I just dont like being up there. But I do like flying high…..

  8. baronpilot244 Says:

    Absolutely terrified of heights! Hold a Commercial SEL MEL and Instrument ratings and currently studying for CFI. I’ll hop in the airplane and go to the flight levels without worry, but climb a ladder or the side of a mountain – not a hope!

  9. Jim Says:

    Hope these pilots keep their mouths shut about it – phobias are forbidden by FAR Part 67 and therefore their medicals would be revoked.

  10. Eric Glass Says:

    I don’t know why a lot of pilots are afraid of heights, but I certainly relate to the “cocoon” analogy. When I’m enclosed and secured in my seat its not as if I’m going to fall out of the plane. Being on other high places like extension ladders is another story. There you’re out in the open and have to rely on your balance to keep from falling. Budd Davisson wrote an article several years ago in which he described trying out a friend’s aircraft ( I believe it was an auto gyro). The seat was perched out on the end of a boom completely in the open. Davisson said he could only take it to 50 ft. when the height started to bother him. So I don’t think its so much the altitude that’s the issue as it is being in a secure place versus a situation of feeling there’s nothing to keep you from falling.

  11. Craig Says:

    I think I am a little like Ben C. I do prefer to be sitting or at least in some better balanced postion when I am off the ground. Also, if I fly a high wing aircraft that does not have wheel pants, there is just something a little creepy about that tire just hanging out there. It is not creepy enough to distract me from flying the airplane, but it is a little weird. If the wheel pants are on or it is a low wing aircraft so I can not see the wheel then I am fine.

  12. Tyler Says:

    # Jim Says:
    June 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Hope these pilots keep their mouths shut about it – phobias are forbidden by FAR Part 67 and therefore their medicals would be revoked.

    I cannot find phobias in part 67, I looked under 61.107 which is mental requirements for first class medical, and it does not state phobias.

    cfi, cfii ,mei

  13. Jim P Says:

    Jim Says:
    > phobias are forbidden by FAR Part 67 and therefore their medicals
    > would be revoked.

    According to the April 1, 2008 edition of the FAA’s Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners: “phobias associated with some aspect of flying, are considered significant.”

    A healthy fear of heights is considered by many researches to be a natural instinct common to both animals and human beings. The degree of fear varies and the term phobia is typically reserved for those at the extreme end of the spectrum.

    One could assume that someone with an extreme fear of heights that manifests itself when flying would never apply for an airman certificate in the first place.

    I would classify myself as one with a fear of heights that also has a pilots license. I tell people, “The fear of heights and fear of flying are not the same thing”

  14. Chris A Says:

    Its true, a lot of the pilots I know….including myself, are not too fond of heights. I’ve been on the space needle, on top of mountians and roofs but feel very uneasy about it. An old instructor of mine told me its the not the heights that get us its the fear of falling…which makes sense. I fly a citation everywhere so where moving around at 250+ and up to FL280 and that does not bother me…weird thing. I always thought it was because in an aircraft we can control what happens, in a roller coaster (which i dont like) we have to follow someone elses route and cannot control the speed, pitch etc etc.

  15. Chris A Says:

    And on to the phobias…its only an issue when it converges with your ability to pilot an aircraft. CFI, MEI, AGI

  16. GeorgeR Says:

    Yes, I am terrified of heights…never had a problem in an aircraft…from flying an enclosed 172, to hanging out the door of a Huey in the door gunner’s position.

    But I can’t go 3 feet up a ladder.

  17. Wilbur Says:

    After a flying at 30,000 feet I can not take the glass elevator at the hotel for fear of heights. I think the reason for not having the fear in flight is the lack of references to the ground that you have when on a structure on the ground.

  18. Raul Says:

    Funny thing. I’m not fond of heights either. I absolutely hate roller coasters and similar rides where I have no control and where there is a feeling of falling. I don’t like climbing on ladders or getting up on the roof of my house, though I sometimes do it. And I’m not completely comfortable traveling as a passenger in commercial airliners either–because I don’t know what’s going on on the flight deck.

    Yet, put me at the controls of an airplane, and I feel perfectly comfortable, including doing stalls and “unusual attitude” maneuvers. Put me on a ladder while wearing my firefighting turnout gear and I’m OK with it. (I guess the firefighting gear gives me the same illusion of safety that an airplane cockpit gives.)

    For years, I thought this made me very “unusual,” to say the least. Yet, I’ve spoken with fighter pilots who feel the same way. In fact, the first time I realized that even a fighter pilot could be afraid of heights was when Scott F. O’Grady admitted that he was afraid of heights on national television. I can’t tell you what a feeling of relief I got when I heard him say that. If an F-16 pilot and national hero could feel that way, I reasoned, there must be many other pilots who share this apparent contradiction,

  19. Ron Says:

    For me if I look out my window straight down past the gear to the ground, I realize how high I am, and it starts to set me on edge. Same thing happened flying over the Grand Canyon, looked straight down and started feeling weird. Eyes forward and fly the plane. It’s the enclosed environment that usually keeps the fear away. One time I opened the small window in Piper to let some air in and I stuck a few fingers out the window to divert the air in, and after a minute I started getting paranoid I was going to get sucked out. I had to close the window and I felt fine. So no open cockpit rides for me. Even gliders with their amazing view can get me feeling uncomfortable.

  20. Manny Says:

    The article is so spot on!

    I got my flight training at a part 141 school, during the first session of ground school, the instructor asked the 30 or so students if they were afraid of heights. Everyone sort of looked at each other, hesitant to answer. Eventually nearly everyone admitted to being afraid of heights.

  21. Mike Says:

    The arch in St. Louis is one of the places that really opened my eyes to the fact that I was fearful of heights. That was way before I got my certificate to fly. But as everyone else, the heighth of flying is not a fear factor.

  22. BZ Says:

    I have been flying for 40 years this month and have over 12,000 logged hours. Several years ago I started an informal poll of every pilot I met where I asked them if they were afraid of heights. To one degree or another they all agreed they were. I personally am no exception.

    Acrophobia and aerophobia are not the same thing, at least according to my unscientific assessment.

  23. Doug Mahn Says:

    I actually started flying because of a fear of heights.
    Now, I have no problem climbing up a shaky ladder in the wind and set up a nice “porch” on my roof for sitting and drinking some……Pepsi.

    ….Yeah. Pepsi! That’s the ticket!

    When I went to the extremes I voided the small stuff, I guess.

  24. Jim Says:

    Tyler,

    Phobias count under the catch-all “No other personality disorder, neurosis, or other mental condition…” bit.

    I was denied my medical because of a severe phobia of bees. The FAA argued that if a bee were to find its way into the aircraft before takeoff, and it were discovered while airborne, it could create an unsafe situation.

    I am currently working with an aviation attorney to try and propose a Special Issuance that would allow flying during months when bees are not active.

  25. Keith Says:

    No fear of heights at all. I have been in planes ( thanks Dad ! ), climbing trees and working on ladders ( thanks again Dad ) as far back as I can remember. I do have respect for heights. I make sure ladders and scaffolding are secure and braced properly before venturing up them. I do like cable bridges and zip lines a lot.

    My “official” training started in gliders. I actual prefer to fly higher. Height equals safety. Height is “time” in an emergency. Height means not running into towers or eastern mountains on night cross country flights. I am amazed at the number of pilots who fly long cross country at low altitudes. I have had to do it going west to get under strong head winds but it is not my first choice. I even tend to fly the high side of glide slopes. I know I have a good shot at making the runway from final no matter what happens. Glider habits run deep (and help a lot on those short field landings over a fifty foot object).

  26. Rick Says:

    I’m not afraid of heights as such, I’m more worried of falling. If I’m secured with a tether, lanyard, railing or such, I’ll go straight up. Ever climbed one of those tall synthetic rocks in a mall or tourist trap? You are secured going up and back down. Just a different sense of security like an airplane.

  27. Brandon E. Says:

    This subject has always made me wonder too. I know several pilots, including myself, who are afraid of heights in some fashion or another. For me I don’t know when that happened. Used to rappel and climb all over stuff as a kid. Now I’m nervous on a ladder and almost got stuck on the edge of my roof! Couldn’t move, like a cat trying to claw into the shingles!. Who knows, no problems in an airplane though.

  28. Chris M Says:

    Like Rick, my problem is not a fear of heights, but a fear of falling. Subtly different.

    I have a hard time climbing more than 10 feet up an extension ladder. But I once attended a company team building exercise where we were required to walk a 30 foot high tight rope and I fairly danced across it. How? Well, being in a safety harness attached to a 1/2″ rope with 6 co-workers on the other end of the line helped. I couldn’t fall, so I had no fear.

    Likewise, its hard to fall out of an airplane.

  29. Chris M Says:

    And what’s with the pretty common fear that we will leap into the void?

  30. Jim Says:

    I agree with Chris M completely – a fear of *falling* is normal. When I see people standing next to knee-high railings on 8th story apartment balconies, I don’t see someone who isn’t afraid of heights, I see someone who is insane.

    I think a real fear of heights is when you’re afraid when you’re some place high, yet secure. An airplane is secure – you know it isn’t going to suddenly fall out of the sky. But free climbing a skyscraper is entirely different.

  31. John Galouzes Says:

    I must be an odd one as I enjoy rock-climbing. I figure that if I inspect my equipment, just as one does during a preflight, before going up, I’ll be just fine. I know that the chances of my rope failing during a fall are slight at best. The same goes for an airplane. As long as I don’t lose a large portion of a wing or the empanage, I’ll be just fine.

    It’s not the falling, it’s the instant stopping that bug me. :)

  32. Boomer Says:

    I’m okay as long as I know I’m not going to fall, wherever I might be.

  33. Jody Says:

    I have thousands of flight hours, and yet when I recently went to Hershey Park PA, I was afraid of 80% of the rides that go way up in to the sky.

  34. JOhn Says:

    I have no fear of heights, but I notice a dread of passing over a deep canyon, like the Grand Canyon when flying thousands of feet above it…the height above ‘regular’ ground is no problem, but when passing over the deep canyons I feel an unease in my stomach. Go figure!

  35. Trent Adkison Says:

    I told a group of college kids at church we’d do something really fun that they wanted to do.
    They picked skydiving. I dislike heights very much. I had to start flying to get used to the height. I really fell in love with flying, but will never jump out of a plane again. Once was enough for that! My heart hurt all day after jumping out of that plane. Love to fly high though!

  36. rich Says:

    I fell out of an apple tree when I was younger, have been afraid of heights every since. I am very much at home in the airplane. I think its being enclosed in the airplane that helps me out. Also keeping my mind on flying the airplane. If I start thinking about falling straight down from the airplane height, then my palms get sweaty. Could never be a sky diver.

    Rich

  37. Ken Scherfee Says:

    Heights pose no issues for me, so far. I enjoy mountaineering in California’s Sierra Nevadas, and climb peaks between 12,000 and 14,500 fairly regularly. Ropes help. One trick is to look up, where you want to summit. The view down sometimes goes for a few thousand feet of thin air. And I certainly understand how even pilots experience fear of heights.

    One big benefit derived from climbing is personal experience with the effects of oxygen deprivation. Things tend to get goofy above 10,500 feet above sea level.

  38. Will Minnette Says:

    This article is spot on. Recently took a group of 6th graders on a field trip to Toronto, and resolved that I would not only walk across the glass floor at the CN tower, I would do push ups on the glass with my eyes open! Made it! Maybe I am cured, but I know that being in a plane doesn’t bother me at all.
    Now, here’s a question: Has anyone done turns about a point, a smokestack for instance, and gotten vertigo looking down the stack? That bothers me. Land-based things shouldn’t be up there where I am flying!

  39. Mike Says:

    Wilbur has it right. Acrophobia is only manifested when the individual is in some way tethered to the ground, be it a ladder, rock, hill, cliff, roof, etc. As soon as that tether is broken by flight, acrophobia no longer manifests.

    On the other hand, the fear of flying may take over – enter Part 67.

  40. JR Davis Says:

    I imagine most aren’t afraid of heights, more likely afraid of falling. If truly afraid of heights I doubt you would be comfortable flying.

    Would any of the pilots who are afraid of heights consider sky diving?

  41. DNA2Fly Says:

    I hate heights, like Rich fell out of a tree as a kid, but as a young adult use to mountain climb in the Cascades and rock climb in the Rockies. I will NOT go on roller coaster rides (made a mistake one time with the family at Disney and took them to Space Mountain…how was I to know it wasn’t an educational ride about Astronomy…about wet my pants!). And what I really hate are those elevators on the outside of buildings that have all glass…I can’t get close enough to the back wall! I do love steep turns, power on and power off stalls…go figure…

  42. JDL Says:

    Ok– now what about all those fixed or rotor wing pilots when you put ‘em in a hot air balloon? Is that different? Also, I think it’s a little weird if you fly and don’t like to look at the ground. When I fly I can’t stop looking all those things on the ground. Not the best flying habit if overdone. By the way, maybe pilots are ultimate control freaks. I hate roller coasters and lighter than air is a little unnerving, but no problem on a ladder or roof or cliffs as long as it’s reasonably secure. But if I get on a long smooth solo cross country at say 7.5K feet plus– after about an hour I start to wondering wtf am I doing up here sitting on a wing.

    Anybody else like this?

  43. Todd Says:

    I have a major problem with height. I don’t like to be close the edge of anything. The problem only hits me in cockpit when I am flying just above a major city, like Chicago. Looking down between the buildings scared me so badly, I am unable to look down anymore when flying above sky scrapers.

  44. Mike M. Says:

    As a pilot I thought I was part of a smaller group of pilots afraid of heights. I am fine flying any plane to any altitude. Put me on a building, in a glass elevator or near railings and I am terrified. I think for me I know that the plane will glide and not fall in the event of engine failure. I will be able to have a controled type descent in a plane and with all other heights I could fall and have no control over what happens.

  45. John Shoemaker Says:

    I fly.
    I scuba dive.
    I rock climb.

    If I’m on a rock face, 600 feet up? I’m okay.
    I have a firm grip on the rock and feel comfortable.

    However, if I stand at the edge of at cliff, or on the edge of a high building, … I get spooked.

    This is completely normal.

    -john

  46. Chasen Richardson Says:

    Heh, kind of funny I suppose.

    I am scared to death of roller coasters(Good luck getting me to go upside down), afraid of heights, and I hate riding a bike downhill because the speed scares the crap out of me.

    Yet, combine all those sensations I hate togeather, and you get flying. I guess being a pilot also makes me a hypocrit.

  47. Joe G. Says:

    My friends and family have a hard time believing how scared of heights I am given that I am a pilot and I love to fly. I hate ladders and even being on the roof of a one story building gives me the “willies”. As one friend observed, I’m probably not really scared of heights, I’m just scared of falling. In a plane, I don’t think I’m going to fall.

    I’m also an avid diver and routinely dive 100+ ft. There was only one time when I got a little panicy . I was on a wreck dive at 110ft. I wasn’t feeling well that day and probably shouldn’t have been diving at all. All of a sudden it just struck me how far down I was and how poorly I was feeling and if something went wrong how hard it was going to be to make it safely to the surface. I just stopped for a second and told myself that nothing was wrong and I was going to be fine and the feeling passed. I’ve never had a problem since.

  48. Isaac Says:

    I am scared of heights from 0 to 200 feet. Anything past that, and I like it better and better the higher I go.

    I think it has to do with the fact that 0-200 ft is the really dangerous zone with airplanes, if your engine goes out, you have a departure stall or a uh… Doh, can’t think of the right word for a stall when you land, it’s usually pretty ugly.

    I’m starting to not mind going up on the roof with my brother anymore though, I just went from the top of a Conex to the roof which is about 3 feet up and 1 foot away oh, it’s about 45 degrees steep too.

    I don’t know, I just don’t trust myself to stay steady.

  49. Eugene Says:

    I’m a pilot, and I’m afraid of heights too. Climbing on a ladder or on the roof – not for me. But I have no problems flying and even skydiving. And I hate roller coasters.

  50. Butch Says:

    Wow, am I ever GLAD to see this blog ! Now I have documentation that I am not at all in a minority when it comes to this. I seem to recall an earlier blogger making the distinction that his “fear of heights” was actually related to security ( or stability ) . I feel the same, in that it depends on the stability of the surface I am on ( or in ) . I am actually fine on a typical shallow pitch roof or similar surface because I feel a secure footing. Ladders and the like ( ANYTHING to do with climbing ), however, are a different matter. I fear that they may topple, or I may slip or loose my balance.

  51. Vic P Says:

    I had a horror of heights which I’ve overcome with an aerobatic rating. THat was way easier than abseiling but could overcome that as well so now I can abseil hands free, face first. I think people who do not fear heights lack an imagination that translates to an interest in flying. I you had no sense of danger, or even scale and perpective, then flying would be uninteresting.

  52. Danny B Says:

    So glad to see im not the only pilot who is uncomfortable with heights. When I first started my training as a pilot, I even shyed away from high wing craft in favor of low wing piper trainers as they afforded me a bit more of a mental, I dunno, piece of mind. (sitting on the wing instead of hanging under it just felt better) It was like in those days, if i didnt see the ground right out my window, it didnt bother me as much. Of course nowadays i love flying all types of planes, and jump at the chance to fly anything. As with others who have posted, I am a padi certified scuba diver as well. No problems there at all.
    I havent had the chance to do any aerobatic training, as Vic P has, but I certainly would consider it, and would gladly get into that long before you would talk me onto a rollercoaster!

  53. Duane Says:

    Cliffs – Love ‘em.
    Glass Elevators – Love ‘em.
    Ladders – No Problem.
    Roofs – Nope, no willies there either.
    Roller Coasters – They’re a blast.
    Carnival Rides – I’ll ride ‘em only if they don’t sound and look like they’re falling apart.
    Bridges high above the water – Hate ‘em but they’re a fact of life.
    Sky diving – When !@#$ freezes over.
    Flying – Wish I could do more.

  54. Gilbert Says:

    Am not afraid of heights in buildings etc but am afraid of high altitude when flying myself in any aircraft. I have 5000hrs on CPL. But on Airliners am ok.I guess I am scared of flying but I still fly. Anybody out there like me? How can I overcome my fear?

  55. Rui Alexandre Says:

    Boy I would have never thought there would be so many pilots confirming their uneasiness or fear of heights or falling. I was fortunate to read an article, I am almost sure that it was written by Rod Machado in Flight Training in the 90s, that mentioned how common it was for pilots to have fear of heights and explaining it might have something to do with feeling in control. Truth is just two days ago I had to reattach the rope wire out of the kitchen window, two stores up, and I was feeling very uneasy like if I could tumble out the window anytime, even if it was not me hanging in the air but the rope wire. Still I’ve seen a passenger lean away from the window when I banked a C172 by 30 degrees to his side but I never felt that, even when flying as a passenger. Its very interesting!

  56. Rui Alexandre Says:

    Commenting on some interesting replies here, I love to see the little tire dangling over the abyss (I just think landing gears look good, and seeing that one being flown by me it makes it look even better!:) ).

    The fear of depths – just like being close to a precipice is difficult, being on a dam near where I know the water is deepest is as difficult, so I think I have fear of depths too. Same goes to bridges over deep water. Still many pilots scuba dive.

    I don’t think I’d be fine by throwing myself out of a “perfectly good” flying airplane, but Eugene above says he skydives, which raises the question a notch up – are skydivers affraid of heights?

  57. Robert Says:

    Yes I have a fear of heights. Non pilots can not understand how I can be a pilot and have a fear of heights. I have read that there are many pilots that have a fear of heights. Hard to explain, but standing on a ladder or near the edge of some roof is different than looking down from an airplane.

  58. Jeff Says:

    I too have a fear of heights. My therory is that the fear is induced by connection with the ground ie. on a building or cliff edge. In an airplane the connection is broken and the fear is not induced.

  59. George Says:

    Just like most others here, I have a fear of heights. I enjoy a good hike, but I can’t get too close to the edge if I’m high up. I also don’t like tall buildings. Airplanes? No problem. I would even consider skydiving if the opportunity arose. It’s a bit odd. :-)

  60. Alessandra St.John Says:

    As a single engine piston pilot who flies cross country for business, I normally fly at the mid to low teens. As microwave path engineer and field surveyor, part of my job when required, is to climb microwave towers – sometimes to hundreds of feet up. The tallest I’ve ever physically climbed is 500′ agl.
    Heights don’t bother me – it’s the possible failure of either the airplane or the tower to hold me up that may give me concerns. And while I have had an engine-out at 2500′ agl, I’ve never had a tower fall down. I’m not afraid of doing either one. But quite frankly, I would rather be up a tower than have another engine-out.

  61. Harvey Says:

    A lot of commonality among us. I too don’t like shaky ladders or standing, looking out over a sudden drop if there is a low or no railing. I get a deep sense of vertigo and will stay far from the edge.

    But what about this – I get a deep sense of vertigo driving over suspension bridges. If I let my peripheral vision catch the sight of the cables or structure angling up to the peak of the tower above me as I drive, I get a very quesy feeling. The only way I succeed at this driving is to consciously narrow my focus to the lane I am in and to the vehicle in front of me. I knowingly tune out all that is in my periphery until I get off the bridge. No changing lanes on a suspension bridge for me, and if I can, I stay in a lane toward the middle of the roadway rather than in a lane that is adjascent to the edge of the bridge.

    Flying either as a pilot or commercially, no problem whatsoever, though. Strange huh?

  62. Matt Says:

    I’m afraid of heights, though when I was younger I managed to climb around on the masts/yardarms of a tall ship. That was rough but you get used to it.

    In my early flight lessons I realized I was not a ‘natural descender’…every landing approach was high. I think it was everything on the ground getting bigger and bigger.

    The only genuine ‘phobia’ I have is sharks. No matter how remote the chance of getting bit, the thought of it is so terrible I might have a tough time if I had to ditch.

  63. Martin Says:

    I am a skydiver, commercial pilot and former member of a mountain rescue team. I hate climbing onto the roof of my single story house to put up the Christmas lights. I don’t mind being on the roof as loong as I am not close to the edge, I hate the climb from the ladder onto the roof. As a skydiver I have never been afraid of the actual falling part, I think because I have a lot of knowledge about the equipment and can convince myself that falling all the way to the ground is not likely. The same goes in the airplane, knowledge seems (for me anyway) to conquer fear. I have felt sudden fear when a piece of equipment looks like it might fail though, and it feels the same as looking over the edge of a cliff, untill rationality kicks in. I think you really are more likely to fall off a ladder and hurt yourself so that kind of fear makes sense.

    Oh – Isaac – I think the term you were looking for is “approach to landing stall” or something similar lol

  64. Martin Says:

    We should probably not show this to too many non-pilots, they will never fly with us again!

  65. Ray Kalil Says:

    Although cautious, I’m reasonably okay with heights as long as whatever it is is secure. I believe being elevated while “attached” to the ground causes the fear. Being detached from the ground, as in an airplane, has no effect — fact is I love it!

  66. Larry Guarcello Says:

    Been flying for 12 years and have been scared stiff of heights for 50 years!!!

  67. Bernie Brooks Says:

    That’s funny ,afriend and I was just discussing that the other day.I invited him to go flying with me some day and his response was I’m afraid of heights,I don’t know about that.My response was, I’m scared to death of heightstoo ,but it’s a much diferent deal because you are surrounded by the airplane.It doesn’t bother me at all I’ve had my 150 up to 8500 feet with no problem at all. maybe I should print this page out to show him I’m not the only one.

  68. Eylmer Bartolome Says:

    I’ve been flying for over 2 years now and have been fascinated by aviation and flight for as long as I can remember. But believe it or not, I have a fear of heights AND I’m claustrophobic! I think what helps me overcome it every time I’m in a plane (single-engine) is the fact that I have control of the situation, whereas standing on a ledge or on the edge of a rooftop, I feel that I have no control. Very strange, eh?

  69. philippe g chapuis Says:

    i feel so much better now !! i tought for sure something was wrong with me. i actualy get dizzy and feel frozen at 30ft in a tree sometimes while hunting or just cleaning a roof!! it must have something to do having control of the aircraft

  70. John Doe Says:

    Yes I have a fear of heights in the airplane. I am working hard to overcome it. I solo everyday, and push myself higher and higher everytime. up to 3200 asl so far. It does seem to be getting easier for me. I am starting to feel much more comfortable. Glad to hear I’m not the only one.

  71. Baiduru Says:

    Не увидел нотки благодарности за этот материал в комментариях. Скажу тогда сам:
    автору огромная благодарность

  72. chromeru Says:

    Господа, а не пора ли нам обсудить эту тему вместе, если есть желающие, присоединяйтесь!?

  73. Tosty Says:

    Поддерживаю большенство и обязательно добавляю в избранное

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