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I've lived very close to a small airport for several years now. We either walk or drive up the street, turn, and look for a place to park if going there. I still do a double-take every single time I hear engines overhead cut off on a small plane coming in for a landing. Rarely do they sputter much. My house is not directly in the normal flight path and would likely be unaffected by any incidents.

I suspect pilots get used to it pretty quick, that sudden silence. It's a normal thing and does not signify a problem. Planes can glide quite a ways and be landed safely; it happens quite frequently.

Yet it triggers an alarm in my head when an engine stops. I blame TV. Perhaps I was exposed to the Airport '7x series of films at an impressionable age. Maybe it's partially because I knew a pilot who went down and perished while flying for Mission Aviation Fellowship. I don't know why, yet I find it amusing that I have an instinctual negative reaction to a functional sound despite what is surely frequent exposure to it being perfectly normal.

Date: 2014-06-04 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] white-and-nrdy.livejournal.com
Think of the Space Shuttle. After dropping out of orbit, it glided all the way to a landing. Sure, its glide slope was steep, but with one unfortunate exception it worked - and the Shuttle had no engines for atmospheric flight.

Speaking of, I thought of you recently when I watched a documentary about the preparation and transport of Discovery to Udvar-Hazy. It's on Netflix. I recommend it.

"One day, I shall come back..." :)

Date: 2014-06-07 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tenderpaw.livejournal.com
The shuttle also had a lot more speed going for it than the average propeller plane. Yet the fascinating thing for me is that no amount of logic and proof in seven plus years has overcome the instinctual response of unknown origins. It indicates that some things are not overcome by logic and fact, which displeases my Vulcan half. It's not as bad as having panic attacks or needing to talk myself through anything. I simply have to mentally remind myself that it's perfectly normal and the plane is fine.

Thanks for the heads-up on the documentary; I bet we'll like it. My former boss in California went to the parade in the streets when Endeavor went to the science center in LA. I guess the streets had to be closed anyway, why not have a parade and let folks gawk at it?


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