As you already know if you read this old thread, I have a fear of flying. I can make myself do it – I just tend to dread every moment I’m up in the air. One of the suggestions I’ve heard and read repeatedly as a way of potentially dealing with my issues is to take a flying lesson, or at least go up in a plane where I can sit in the cockpit, observe the pilot’s demeanor and how the plane is controlled.
Well, my wife, in her infinite wisdom, has decided to give me the gift of just such a flight as a birthday gift, which happens to coincide with us taking our first flight together since I developed my phobia. I’ll be going up in a Pitts S-2B sometime in the next couple of weeks, and I’ve been told that I’ll have the opportunity to fly the plane myself essentially as much or as little as I want, outside of take-off and landing.
I’m looking for general comments from those who are pilots (or those who have gone on a flight like this one) about what I should anticipate on my trip. I’m a little bit nervous, but much more excited about the opportunity. I don’t expect to be miraculously cured of my phobia after one flight, but I do suspect it will be a helpful experience for me, and hopefully a lot of fun at the same time.
I do have a couple of specific questions, too:
[li]What are this plane’s controls like? I tried to find information online about the cockpit itself, but didn’t have any luck. My pilot mentioned that the control was similar to a joystick, but that was the extent of the detail I got.[/li][li]Is this the sort of experience you would recommend to someone with a fear of flying?[/li][/ul]
All comments are greatly appreciated.