Here's why you shouldn't be nervous about taking off anymore

Second only to turbulence many people say that taking off is their biggest fear. There is no reason that you should be more anxious during taking off than any other part of the flight.  Technically it is straightforward and the amount of 'skill' required is surprisingly small.

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To a pilot, taking off means the part of the flight where the plane is lined up on the runway and gathers enough speed to lift into the air until it is high enough to make sure the wheels are fully retracted into the wheel bays.

The Premium edition of this site has lots of help about taking off. Captain Keith even talks you through a take off, and there are four videos dealing only with taking off.

We have simple techniques for reducing your stress levels during the take off. And for dealing with your fear of flying.

This is how pilots take off. With the plane lined up on the runway they increase the power (thrust on a jet engine) then, when we satisfied that the engines are performing properly they press a switch which automatically increases the thrust to the exact amount required for take off. On Premium you can watch Captain Keith talking you through a take off in the flight simulator This is why taking off makes you anxious.
  • There’s a lot of noise.
  • It’s bumpy.
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Here’s why it shouldn’t scare you: We explain in greater detail on the Premium course
  • You see it as the point of no return so you are indulging in ‘twisted thinking’.
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Here’s a very good reason for not thinking that the engines are straining.
  • The cost of engines.
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  There’s no point in having a fear of flying if you can address it with the right sort of knowledge. Go to Malfunctions during take off.
Malfunctions during take off are covered comprehensively on the Premium site.There are articles on how pilots deal with ‘non-normal’ situations. A person who has a fear of flying will describe them as emergencies. To pilots they are ‘non normal ‘situations. Captain Keith says “Personally I don’t know any pilots who have had engine problems during the take off.”
From the Premium site. The captain… either stop or continue the take off. … imagine that you are in the cockpit watching the take off. The pilots have called V1 and you continue to accelerate along the runway…  (take off at lift off speed VR  (rotate) is at 150 knots). At 130 knots you see that the fire warning light come on on the left hand engine … the other pilot will acknowledge that call. At Rotate one pilot will call ‘Rotate’ and then suppress the fire warning bell. You will hear one pilot say “Positive climb” and the other will say “Gear up”. At this point the aircraft will be climbing away from the runway … Far from the rush and panic that you probably expect and have seen on the films the cockpit will be … … the pilot flying the plane will call “Engine Fire Checklist Left Engine”.  
If you learn the stuff on Premium you’ll be almost as well informed as the pilots who do these things!

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