QUOTE(Future Controller @ Aug 24 2007, 02:34 PM)
I am enrolled in a flight class and had my first flight yesterday, which went pretty well except that I got motion sick. The problem for me is that I don't really want to use medications whether it is prescription (too expensive) or over-the-counter because of drowsiness so I couldn't concentrate. I am wondering how you pilots deal with this. Any kind of advice would be much appreciated. Sincerely,
You want full stomach, heavy foods but not drinkies like coffee/tea etc.
Also, if you actually puked, then you need to take bags with you but much better still is to stick your head out of the windown, if it is a Cessna (don`t try this in a Piper Warrior.
Keep going up, it will prove that you really want to fly. Take extra money with you to buy the instructor beers, this will put him back on your side - make sure you offer, strongly, to clean it up yourself - in fact, insist. He will sympathise, we all do... the Royal Air Force put you on a machine which goes up and down and round and round and basivcally makes you sick as a lost ticket lottery winner but it all goes to stop it happening.
If you get to fly you will rarely be sick, if you are controlling the aircraft.
Do not be sick on your instructor.
Keep going up, reading maps on busses will aclimatise you to reading when in motion. Fear is a nice one to consider, either stop fearing or scare yourself w i t l e s s this way you will be distracted from chucking all over the windowscreen.
Avoid Makrel Curry.
Remeber, you are not the first and you will not be the last one to be sick whilst training. It does go off, it does get easier. I was never actually sick but I felt pukey sometimes, it does wear off but it is a b---h if you are trying to fly the lesson you have just learned on the ground in the classroom.
Also, the fairer sex, stick a pin-up of a lovely of your choice, on your locker door or on the inside of the flap in your flight bag, that way when you look at it - well, you are hardly likely to feel sick...
Seriously, keep yourself cool, lots of fresh air... I am afraid the only cure is to keep going up and hopefully the discomfort will become manageable then becom less then disappear.
Anotehr beauuuuuuuuutiful cure id to fly on top of a cloud layer at about two inches from the surface - the sensation of speed is terrifice and you can drop down into the gullies of the clouds and up over the ridges, this is terrific fun and if you mess up on your way down the cloud tops don`t damage the aircraft. Another one, for when you are MUCH better is to find a BIG Cu and fly right up the out side of it puuullll the nose up to the vertical and you will climb up the face of this isolated Cu, then, before you lose you r airspeed, do a chandelle vertical turn (whatever) bring it round on SOME rudder and after cutting power when pointing downwards you can slide down the side of the cloud/mountain and when you have a decent airspeed, raise the nose to just above the horizon, wait for a decent airspeed and climb away.
SUCH FUN !!!!!
y`see you can have all this when you have finished being sick!!!
1/. Eat heavy food, not liquids.
2/. Don`t do aerobatics.
3/. Have a sympathetic instructor.
4/ Have FUN flying stuff like the above manooooover!!
5/ If, if you wanna fly, they you have to Percy Veere. It will all be worth it in the end.
6/. Remeber, it is noisy, it stinks of fuel and fumes, it is uncomfortable and it vibrates, so, I would say you are doing pretty well so far dude.
Stick with it. Also, watch Top Gun, this will cure you considerably.
Don`t fly head in the shed.
Also, please, never fly on an empty stomach, unless you are on stand by to fly the escort fighter jet for Air Force One - make some excuse not to fly until you have been well fed.
I personally, would prefer to lose a job than to go up hungry - a distinct no no. Unless they laid on crew food of course.