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    That was a good stroke explaining about the wings.  I probably would have added the wings are made like that so the pilot can change the shape of the wings. That lets them generate more lift energy when needed.

    What you did for yourself and for the lady is actually a form of psychotherapy.  Dr. Albert Ellis developed a form of therapy called Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.  It is a way of using rationality to overcome visceral emotional upset.  

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 05:15:54 AM PDT

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      I just told her that when the flaps are down, the plane can fly better at low speeds.  

      My former fear of flying developed as an adult, and was so annoying to me because I had even less reason for it than most.  My stepdad was a private pilot, and I used to go on little jaunts with him in his Piper Cherokee 140.  Little piston-engine plane, getting tossed around like a ping-pong ball in the slightest draft, and I wasn't worried at all.  Maybe because I trusted my stepdad, felt a little more in control.  We actually had a real emergency once- we were approaching our destination when the fuel cut out in mid-flight, and he had to switch to the other tank, doing so just before the engine stopped.  Turns out the fuel gauge for the left tank was miscalibrated, reading about 1/4 full when actually empty... and the tank we'd just switched to read a hair over 1/4 (that one turned out to be properly calibrated).  We landed and fueled up without further incident.  I wasn't worried a bit about flying again.  Then adulthood, and wham.  No clue, but glad it's over, and glad my home psychology remedy worked.  

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