Hi lan and wecome to HW
It's funny that you say that you are afraid of heights because I to am, but not when it comes to flying as have logged over 600hrs of flying in my old bush plane here in Alaska and love it to death. I think the hardest thing for ppl is, is to get on the plane and taking off as you feel the force of the plane's engines pull you back in your seat but once airborne everything smooths out and it's just like riding on a bus with a great view and trust me your pilots have 1000's of hours logged in as well as training in all aspects of flight.
Yes lan, I know what you mean by turbulence it can get rough up there at times just going though some of the mountain pass here can really throw you around with the winds blowing down on you and I have even had a few times that the head winds where so strong you could cut the motor down and fly backwards just from looking down at your shadow on the ground haha
But even with an engine out the plane has a good glide ratio and can still land safely, and at 30,000 feet you my have 20 to 30 miles of glide and the pilot would find a good landing zone in that much time. The hardest landing I did I blew out my right wheel on a rock, good thing my ground speed was down as it just turned me around abit. I had to stuff it full of moss, clothes and what ever I could find just to take off again.
Oh Lyn that nothing, you should see how we fly in on are goat and sheep hunts back then lol
We would fly in at full power pulling up on the stick and land on rock slides and the guy in the back seat would grab all the gear while I still had full power on and brakes on and once unloaded my buddy would turn the plane around and down I would go and re-land on the top and hike down for are base camp. First time I did this I though for sure I was going to do a crash landing but I made it fine.
Oh I think you would be surprised what a big plane can do in the air even without power and you don't just drop out of the sky like a rock. And when you do see a big plane land like that there wheels are up so they slide to a stop, well most of them lol but yes they can glide for miles and make turns as well and just before landing he will pull up and bring the air speed down to all most a stall speed, even in a chopper they can change the rotors as there going down so it gains speed and then will change the rotors back to push the air back down and land but it dosen't work out so well for the choppers but it will slow down enough for a hard landing but a survivable landing
Post Edited By Moderator (freezinginAK) : 5/11/2007 12:31:34 PM (GMT-6)