For a large number of our passengers, it is their first time being in a small aircraft. We understand that can cause varying degrees of anxiety. For some it’s a “heights” issue, some its the small space. These are not uncommon, so if you’re feeling a little on edge about the prospect of taking a scenic flight (or flying in general) we have assembled a few tips to ensure you can enjoy yourself as much as possible! These tips are based on practical experiences from years of combined experience amongst our pilots.
We know this is the cliche solution to all things stress, but it really does work! Physiologically, it has been proven that deep breathing in through the nose out through the mouth can work to decrease stress, lower your heart rate, and regulate blood pressure. Begin before climbing aboard, and continue through the flight, and we think you will be so blown away by the views, that any preflight nerves will be out the window!
If you are someone who loves to learn, this will be the best solution hands down! A lot of nerves around flying comes from the feeling of not being in control and not being in the loop. Simply learning how an aircraft flies, what the noises you may be hearing, why turbulence occurs and how aircraft are built to withstand it will all ease a curious mind. If you didn’t have the time to do your pre-flight reading, simply ask your pilot! One thing everyone knows is that pilots love to talk, and even more so if the topic at hand is aviation.
We think the best way to distract yourself on board our aircraft is to take in our breathtaking views and make sure you don’t miss that Instagram worthy photo opportunity. But other options to consider are listening to music, reading a book, or even talking to a friend! If you are prone to motion sickness, we suggest you stick to the looking outside method, as having your head down reading, or using your phone excessively can exacerbate the issue.
Caffeine is a great thing for when you feel like you need a pick me up, perhaps at the waiting lounge in the airport for example. However, if you are a nervous flyer, it may be a better solution to reach for a non-caffeinated beverage. Caffeine may increase your alertness and heart rate, and also make you feel more dehydrated. Not only that, but as caffeine is a diuretic, you may feel you need to use the bathroom more often. A luxury that is unfortunately not available on our aircraft!
Statistically speaking, aviation is the safest method of travel by a long shot! We at Waiheke Wings take safety extremely seriously, and you can be assured that when we make the decision to fly, it’s a result of years of experience and hours of planning to ensure your experience with us will be a safe and enjoyable one. We hope to be able to fly you soon!