Tag Archives: Flight

Flight – 100 Years Ago Today

For the aviation evangelists I recommend the issue of Flight dated 7th March 1914, published by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.   The list Committee members then included aviation notables such as T. Sopwith and J Moore-Brabazon. Frank Van Haste emailed me today: Captain, I note that 100 years ago today (4 Mar 1914), among those […]

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]

Fear of Flying – Part 1 of 3 (Dread)

Fear of Flying – Part 1 of 3 (Dread)  – Version 4 – March 2017 About 25% of the travelling public have a fear of flying.   One quarter of this group are so afraid of flying that they completely avoid air travel, and their condition qualifies as a phobia.  (National Institute of Mental Health) […]

Back Story QF32 p 159 – Startle Effect, Fight, Flight, Play Dead and Deliberate Practice

Our reaction to stress and panic has evolved as a successful survival strategy. Imagine a panic situation such as a lion attacking us. Deep within our brains, sitting atop the brain stem, the limbic system is the first set of brain structures to comprehend and recognise the sight and the roar of the approaching lion […]

Post Traumatic Stress and PCM (QF32 p 311)

The feedback I have received from QF32 readers has been profound. By far the greatest surprise I have had when reading the responses is to discover how many people are afflicted by their own version of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). “The nightmares continue – every night” Many stalwart friends have contacted me to pass on […]