This is a re-run of the popular newsletter 'top ten fears our clients used to have'
Here is the list again:(not your order!)
1/ Lack of Control
7/ Engine Failure
8/ Terrorist Threat
9/ Falling Out The
10/ Panic Attacks
Fear no. 4 – Airpockets
Here we go, THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS AIR POCKETS!
There, that’s it.
It is actually a term made up by the media. There is no such thing. There are no parts of the air that other air isn’t living in. There are not vacuums in our air.
The term ‘air pocket’ sounds terrific for a headline but we deal with the truth here. What the 'bloke down the pub' is talking about when he waffles on seemingly knowing about Air Pockets, is referring to changes in air movement.
Do you remember the Pooh sticks story in the previous blog? Pooh sticks in water move about because of water currents. Air has movement too.
When newspapers talk about, ‘We lost 10,000 feet…’ It is hugely exaggerated.
Within the aircraft we are deprived of our main sense organ which is sight. Without sight, our other senses, particularly the ears, try to make sense of what is happening.
We start to rely on the tiny movement sensations within our ear fluids which
without being able to see horizons with our eyes, our brains are confused. When confused, our brains guess what is going on. It is an illusion that our ears create because we can’t see movement outside. So, in other words, if the aircraft changed altitude quickly by even a few feet, we may feel it, and think it’s a massive drop, even though it isn’t.
In other words, what we feel is not what is really happening. It is a well researched and recorded illusion that all pilots are trained to be aware of. Pilots use their instruments to calibrate because none of us can rely on human organs alone.
We are quite clever humans, but two hundred years ago, there were no cars and if trains reported that they could go faster, there would have been panic that humans could not take it!
In summary, there are no air pockets. The sensations that you feel on board the aircraft are not accurate. We all have to train ourselves to dismiss the messages our brains tell us that are not right. Whatever happens is normal. If we are seat belted, we are safe. Aircraft are safe.
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear