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Old 18th Mar 2016, 00:51
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Tips for motion sickness?

Tomorrow I am being treated to a jolly in an L39 as a birthday present. I have a worry about it being ruined by air-sickness. As a lapsed PPL this has never before worried me, including full spins and yet as soon as I did a loop as a pax in a Tiger Moth I felt queasy as hell. I understand the usual tips are a light non-greasy breakfast at least 2 hours ahead of the flight and the medico in the family insists she can get an effective anti-emetic. But I thought there must be a wealth of practical info and experiences (and funny stories ...) on this site?
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 01:05
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My wife swears by an electronic motion relief band.


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Old 18th Mar 2016, 03:23
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No doubt the pilot doesn't want you spewing either so the most obvious thing is to tell him/her that you might be queasy and between the two of you work out what you want to do.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 05:12
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If you think you are going to be sick, then you probably will be . . .
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 05:56
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I've found that the best way to avoid air- or sea-sickness is to sit under a gum tree.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 06:31
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" I understand the usual tips are a light non-greasy breakfast at least 2 hours ahead of the flight "

No way !...why deprive yourself when a bit of, ahem, subtle communication can work wonders......timing is everything however.

Wait until you are being strapped in by the fearless FJ driver....comment as to how clean the cockpit is....even if it isn't..... and then, try and produce a gentle burp.....rub stomach thereafter and, remember to smile at this point, comment as to the contents of the breakfast you consumed about 1 hr earlier.....

Should this not have the desired effect, and you encounter a degree of shall we say, animosity, point out that, whilst most of the contents of your stomach should be contained in the bag, there's a also a very good chance some will make it to the back of his / her neck....momentum being what it is....if you are sat in the back that is.

It's just a helpful suggestion.....to enhance your day.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 07:45
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G-CPTN called it right however, if you scream, you won't be sick. This may sound ridiculous but practice a silent scream and if you master this, your driver won't be pulling out pieces of carrot for days on end. Think positive and enjoy your day.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 08:33
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What is it about carrot?
Shirley not everybody eats carrots before they get into an aircraft, do they?
Just about every chunder I've had to clean up has contained what appears to be diced carrots.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 09:10
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 09:47
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Advice from my schooldays:-
"And if you're going to be sick, please turn off the mic!"
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 10:41
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If you'll be wearing an oxygen mask in the L39, make sure if you do feel suddenly nauseous, that you don't aspirate your own vomit into your lungs.

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Old 18th Mar 2016, 11:12
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Why not just ask PF to avoid strong aerobatic manoeuvres.

I've done enough aerobatics to find it not too interesting yet I still enjoy a decent cruise immensely, particularly in a classic airframe. My favourite is flying with an elbow resting on the side of an open canopy...cant do that in an L39.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 11:26
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There is a photographer's axiom that reads - "The best place for a photographer between 1000 and 1400 is in a hammock sipping a G&T" The G&T counteracts the swaying motion.


Nothing at all to do with a small Czechoslovakian aircraft.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 11:54
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I can remember flying a passenger in a Seneca five. As soon as we took off into silky smooth air The projectile vomiting started covering every inch of the aircraft inside and carried on till the point that the tyres touched the runway at the destination airport where he was fine again.

luckily we managed to get a cleaning company at the airport to give the aircraft a thorough cleaning ready for the return trip.

Again the passenger turned up all smiles! We took off again and as soon as the wheels left the runway into silky smooth air the retching started again.
luckily he had emptied the contents of his stomach on the previous leg so it was retching sounds more than anything else until the wheels touched again when he was all smiles again.

I am sure a lot is psychological ( not all) hence why the magic bands or placebo pills work.

Its strange how passengers get car sick but if they are driving never? and the same in an aircraft.
if you are controlling the aircraft your mind is occupied and as you instigate the turns you expect them.

I am not saying that airsickness is all in the mind and there are people with balance defects in the inner ear who would soon become motion sick but a lot is psychological particularly if a metal wrist band or electronic wrist device puts you right ( Clinically proven? so is a placebo pill)

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Old 18th Mar 2016, 12:33
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your mind is occupied
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after a discussion with the wife of a friend I developed a serious sea sickness when on a cabin of a sailing boat - so my visits downstairs were kept very short.

Then on day with the boat listing quite nicely and I was in the cabin trying to find the instruments for plotting the course, and I was unable to find them. I was so much absorbed and swearing that I realized I was not nauseating any more. And voila! cured.

Plus from my days of sailing, I remember not to eat anything sweet.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 13:08
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There was a real nice article on motion sickness, Histamine and vitamin C, unfortunately in German, in an Austrian health magazine <*update* to be found here> which contained quite a lot of hints on the mechanisms and gave tipps for food as well. Most of the mentioned drugs for treatment will be a NoGo in aviation, but the rest is nice to read.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 14:13
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Cure for motion sickness

Sit under a tree.
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 16:06
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I believe motion sickness comes in 2 phases. The first is thinking that you're about to die, and the second is realising that you're not!
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Old 18th Mar 2016, 16:53
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What is it about carrot?
Shirley not everybody eats carrots before they get into an aircraft, do they?
Just about every chunder I've had to clean up has contained what appears to be diced carrots.
The "diced carrots" commonly found in vomit are actually parts of the stomach wall lining. Vomiting is such a violent process that bits of it come off.
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"Bananas for breakfast . . . . . 'cos they taste the same coming up as going down."

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