Flying high to face fears

first_imgNewsFlying high to face fearsBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2015 1105 Limerick Post Show | Shannon Airport route announcement with Aer Lingus NAPD give tips to avoid Leaving Cert anxiety. TAGSAnxietyAtlantic AirVenture Aviation CentrefearFear of flyingflyingholidayslimerickphobiasShannonsummertravelworldtravel Read Your Mind launches in Limerick City and County Libraries Advertisement Before take off in the simulator – Cockpit of Boeing 737 Reporter  Aoife McLoughlin with Pilot Melanie Rogan Atlantic Venture , Shannon.Picture Brendan GleesonWITH a spate of aviation disasters in the last 18 months, the nightmarish “what-if’s” seem all the more possible for some nervous passengers. Aviophobia affects around 30 per cent of the population and often prohibits them from experiencing some of life’s happier moments. Reporter Aoife McLoughlin visited Atlantic Airventure in Shannon for the first step in her journey to conquer her fear of flying.IT’S summer – or so the calendar shows – and with it comes the exciting prospect of jetting off to holiday destinations across the globe. Sun, sea and sand and are just some of images one conjures up at this time.But for some, like me, the image of hurtling to certain death from 30,000 feet while trapped in a fiery tin can with 300 other terrified and screaming souls can spring to mind. So I settle for Kerry instead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thirty per cent of  us are said to suffer with some form of fear of flying.Defined as aviophobia, this fear not only stops the fearful from travelling, but for those who do, it can act like an instant allergy, causing symptoms such as sweating, nausea, palpitations, shakes and heightened senses.Personally, besides the panic attacks, I cry and mentally type goodbye texts to my family while visualising my plummet to the sea.“It’s just not supposed to be up there,” is the phrase often used by us aviophobes and sometimes that can be the best explanation to justify this fear.With five high-profile fatal aviation disasters in just over a year and some less documented incidents in that same time, it’s no wonder the fearful feel they have a very good argument when it comes to not getting in those flying tin cans.But with three possible flights looming before me this year (one that will be a minimum of 15 hours), I have decided to try and combat the relentless terror that grips me and so many others as it sucks the joy out of any adventure outside our little isle.I have tried counselling, I have tried anti-anxiety medication, I even tried several glasses of wine on a flight to Japan, but this only proved to be an unpleasant experience for both me and the Japanese man sitting beside me who didn’t need to be told 50 times that it was my first long haul flight.So, I am adopting an ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ attitude and have gone straight for the jugular.Diving into the world of aviation seems like the next appropriate step to try and overcome the crippling fear that prohibits so many from seeing the world.So with that image of sun, sea and sand so desperately trying to poke its way through the dark thoughts conjured up by my aviophobic mind, I decide to take a trip to Shannon’s Atlantic Airventure Centre where founder Jane Magill has kindly offered to let me take part in their Fear of Flying course.The course involves flying in the flight simulator and a talk with a pilot in a pre-flight classroom lesson.I meet with Melanie – a real life pilot – who is going tell me the what’s-what with those tin cans in the sky. Sitting in a classroom, I am surrounded by mini aeroplanes, parts of wings and aviation equipment. Pieces from old jets are proudly on display along with three small aircraft parked outside.With this my anxiety starts to kick in.Pilot Melanie Rogan, originally from New Jersey, USA, has more than 33 years experience flying planes and has surpassed 15,000 hours in the sky so far.She gets straight to the point and asks me why I am afraid of flying. Having focused on the issue so much since my first flight in 1999, I really wasn’t able to give her a definitive answer. It’s a combination of claustrophobia, lack of control, a fear of heights and a lack of understanding of aerodynamics.The dying thing doesn’t help either.I guess trying to figure out how a 400-tonne metal tube has the ability to safely stay in the air for hours travelling at speed just doesn’t compute.Melanie gives me some examples of the kind of fears women have expressed to her and says she feels men are less likely to admit a fear of flying.“When I was flying small aeroplanes, one of the WWE wrestling show gentlemen get on. He was called Andre the Giant.“It was a small 30-seat aircraft and he was huge, twice my height, twice my width, just a massive human being. He looked at me and said ‘I can’t do it’.It freaked him out. So I pulled him aside and said: ‘My mamma didn’t raise no fool. If I didn’t think that aeroplanes were safe and flew well, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing’. So he did it and he was fine.”I question her on how it all works, almost expecting her to tell me it’s magic, because to me at this point that has to be the only explanation.“Do you ever remember as a little child, sticking your hand out the window of a car and you could feel the wind beneath your palm? And when you turned your hand (90 degrees), the wind pushed it back? And when you just tilted it up slightly it would lift your arm back? That is why aeroplanes fly,” she says.Melanie then describes thrust and drag, low pressure and high pressure and how all that combined with the force of the wind makes a plane fly.“It’s still miraculous to me that the thing flies but it does and it does it very well,” she says.And with around 60,000 passenger flights in the air every day, the statistics would indicate that aircrafts, in fact, do fly very well.“Getting in your car is far riskier than getting in an aircraft, but what causes a fear of flying in people’s minds is that when there is an accident, hundreds of people die and that’s what makes it a global news event.”Melanie tells me pilots are checked every six months on their ability to fly, ability to handle emergencies, cockpit procedures, and they receive an Electrocardiogram (EKG) examination annually, once they reach 40 years of age.She tells me how engineers check different parts of the plane before takeoff and how pilots recheck these parts once on board.She describes the situations people are most afraid of happening and gives a procedure or names a component to counteract each and every possible fault.I start to realise that there are back-ups for the back-ups in all of these scenarios, which in themselves have a miniscule chance of occurring.For example, Melanie explains that in the unlikely event of an engine fail, there are two more engines. If they all fail, which is even more unlikely, the plane becomes a glider because engines are used to push the plane at speed and it’s the wings that cause it to fly.I think of my hand out the car window and the penny starts to drop.She then pulls up a map of the Atlantic on her computer and begins to show me wind currents, flight paths and pockets of turbulence categorised by colour.“Turbulence, it’s not dangerous and we avoid it. Turbulence is low pressure and high pressure from warm and moist air meeting. It’s updrafts and downdrafts. The only dangerous part is that you can over-stress the aircraft when flying in extreme turbulence, but they are designed to exceed their stress limits. Turbulence doesn’t bother pilots but we will know where the bracket of it is and we can be routed around it if we need.”After almost two hours of explaining the main factors involved in flying, the role of airport control, wind currents and weather, I am beginning to gain some insight into the whole aircraft-flying thing but I wonder is all this information going to feed my fear when I am on a plane in two weeks’ time. I could know too much. I start writing that text message to my family in my mind. Anything could still happen.It’s now time to move on to the simulator and the thoughts of being in simulated sky on a simulated plane still make my stomach flip and my palms break out in a cold sweat.I find myself sitting in the captain’s seat of a Boeing 737 cockpit, equipped with original instrumentation. Lights, buttons, levers and knobs surround me from head to toe and each one is operating through a computer with a huge curved screen acting as our view outside.Melanie starts her up and that familiar and terrifying whirling sound kicks in. The simulator plays every noise a passenger would hear as if on a real plane. As each shudder-inducing grind and whirl occurs, Melanie explains what they are. “That’s just the engine starting up like in your car…That’s just the landing gear,” and so on.Once the plane is up and running we are ready to go. “I am going to let you take off,” she says.In front of me on the screen is a lifelike runway from Shannon Airport. I follow Melanie’s instructions to accelerate and begin to taxi down the runway. My eyes have now tricked my brain into thinking I am travelling at speed and my body reacts. “Look ahead and push your foot on the pedal, now pull the yoke back to your belly, a little more, a little more, that’s it.”I ascend towards the sky over Shannon Airport. The view and feeling is extraordinary. It’s liberating. I follow Melanie’s instructions as she co-steers and we fly over Limerick city, turning the plane a few times and eventually landing back on the runway.It may not have been the best landing as the autopilot alerted me that I was coming in too steep, but there can be no harm done in a simulator.I am surprised that I feel disappointed that my time has come to an end but I realise I have a new sense of appreciation, wonderment – and dare I say thrill.On leaving the centre, Jane meets me at reception and asks how I got on. I tell her that to my surprise I enjoyed the piloting bit.She asks me to see how the course has helped when I travel to the UK as a passenger in a fortnight. It is only then that I will be able to put my experience of the day to the test.And if all goes relatively better than my usual anxiety-riddled ride, Jane has offered me to go one step further taking to skies along side another pilot. Real skies. That text message appears in my head again but this time I save it in drafts.I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Print Email WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleCouncil rejects Dock Road traffic studyNext articleCall to extend Limerick City sewerage network to Ballyclough Staff Reporter Psychology expert gives advice on coping with an ‘anxiety pandemic’ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Information evening to be held about new youth club in Kilcornan Aviation course takes off at LITlast_img read more

Singapore Charts Offshore Wind Path

first_imgSingapore has identified offshore wind as one of the longer-term targets in the recently published Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Transformation Map.The global offshore wind market is projected to exceed USD 130 billion by 2023 and there is an opportunity for Singapore’s oil and gas companies, hit by a prolonged downturn, to venture into this new area, according to Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran.The government plans to help the companies interested in diversifying into new industries such as the offshore wind by connecting them with stakeholders and resources, and supporting business partnerships with companies in overseas markets.One of the examples of previous projects was the collaboration between the government agency IE Singapore and the local company NauticAWT which, with IE Singapore’s assistance, completed its first offshore wind project in China, and is now exploring similar business opportunities in other parts of Asia, Iswaran said.Singapore-based oil and gas companies are already looking into ways to enter the offshore wind market, with the latest example being the offshore vessel operator Pacific Radiance.last_img read more

Bully Ray on Ring of Honor’s MSG debut: “A lot of guys are in for a good, rude awakening”

first_imgThe building located between 7th and 8th Avenues atop Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan is unlike any other around.It has long been revered and is the place where you can make or break your career. #G1Supercard @TheGarden!Streaming LIVE for ALL #HonorClub members THIS SATURDAY at 730e/430p!NYC Street Fight: @bullyray5150 vs Juice Robinson— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 1, 2019SN: There’s been so much talk about the main event of WrestleMania with women headlining that show for the first time in its history. On this show, you have two companies working together. How much does it matter what goes on last?BR: Somebody has to go on last and, to be honest with you, I think I’d rather be on second to last because this show is going to 4-5 hours long I would assume and let’s say the show is running heavy on time and there’s a cutoff. I know there’s a cutoff time in The Garden with unions. What if there’s also a cutoff time with the pay-per-view? And what if the entire show is running long and now the main event has less time than anticipated? Now you’re screwed. So, I’d probably rather be on second to last than last. ROH & NJPW present G1 Supercard on Saturday, April 6 from sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York City. The historic event airs LIVE at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on traditional pay-per-view and streaming FREE for all HonorClub members. HonorClub content can be streamed via the ROH and FITE apps and at This is Madison Square Garden and for the first time in the promotion’s history, Ring of Honor will be holding an event at the “world’s most famous arena”. This Saturday, ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling will present the G1 Supercard event at the historic building in New York City. The event will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on pay-per-view and will also stream for HonorClub members via the ROH and app.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile most of the ROH roster has never wrestled at Madison Square Garden, Bully Ray is quite familiar with that stage. The Queens native grew up attending shows at MSG as a fan and later performed there while working with WWE.But this is a different, updated version of Bully Ray, one that is different from being part of The Dudley Boyz, one of the most successful tag teams of all time. The WWE Hall of Famer has since re-invented himself into a successful singles wrestler where is a two-time former TNA World Champion.More than that, he has become of the most hated people in wrestling, being a thorn in the side of whoever he has in his sights on a particular day. It’s a role he has gladly taken on and thrived at.Bully Ray recently issued an open challenge for anyone to face him in a NYC Street Fight at “The Garden” with Juice Robinson happily accepting. That adds to a loaded card that will feature a Triple Threat ladder match between Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, and Marty Scurll for the ROH World Championship while Jay White faces Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. journalist @TheKevinEck tries to get a word with @bullyray5150 about Juice Robinson answering his open challenge at @TheGarden…— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 31, 2019Sporting News recently spoke with Bully Ray about his memories of “The Garden”, the ongoing relationship between ROH and NJPW, and what he would like to see from ROH going forward.Sporting News: You went to wrestling shows at Madison Square Garden while growing up. What are your first memories of that building as a fan from then?Bully Ray: My very first memories of Madison Square Garden is actually seeing events being broadcast on the MSG Network. As a kid growing up. I would watch the WWF on WOR Channel 9 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. And then when they had a special event, they would broadcast it from Madison Square Garden. It was such a big deal to see an event from Madison Square Garden as opposed to seeing it from their taped TV shows that would happen at Allentown or Scranton or wherever.And then when I was 12 years old, I was in the front row the night that Jimmy Snuka jumped off the top of the steel cage and hit the Superfly Splash on Don Muraco. It’s the same night (Tommy) Dreamer was there and the same night that Mick Foley was there. I remember Jimmy Snuka coming to the ring and, because I was in the front row, he got so close to where I was sitting that I was actually able to touch him on the shoulder. So, I have real memories as a kid of Madison Square Garden watching wrestling there.SN: When it comes to The Garden and it being bigger than life, how much did that play into you wanting to become a wrestler? BR: I always knew I wanted to be a pro wrestler. It really had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden. It had to do with wrestling in general. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to do anything else. Yeah, I wanted to be a rock star and if I had to be the “regular world” maybe I would have become a chef and went to culinary school or maybe been in the record industry. I really knew wrestling was it for me. I guess being in The Garden that night and seeing it that up close and seeing that maybe people and feeling the energy and the vibe in that building solidified it for me. SN: You’ve worked at The Garden multiple times already. What was the experience like the first time you wrestled in that building?BR: I’m not sure if I wrestled in Madison Square Garden before our tables match with The Hardyz, I believe that might have been the first time because I don’t think we worked a live event before that. But the Royal Rumble 2000 was the first-ever tag team tables match in the WWE and it was The Hardyz versus The Dudleyz. We tore the house down.That’s the night that The Dudleyz really put their name on the map in the WWE. It’s a night that I will always say, for me personally, that’s where I staked my flag in the ground and I said that myself and Devon are here for a reason. We’re out to prove ourselves and that night we really did. If you’re going to prove yourself someplace, if you’re going to put your name up there with everyone else in the company during the Attitude Era, you might as well do it in The Garden. You can’t make a bigger stake than that. SN: I talked to Jay Lethal about a month ago and even then, the anticipation for this show was through the roof already and that’s all he could think about as what everyone in the ROH was talking about. What has it been like to be in that locker room with so many guys that have never had the opportunity to work in The Garden and what’s the anticipation level like?BR: It’s fun to sit back and watch these guys but I still don’t think that they realize what they really have coming at them. You’ll never understand what it’s like to perform in Madison Square Garden. You can’t fathom it until you perform in Madison Square Garden. You have to go through that curtain and you have to experience that rush on your own for the first time.So right now, it’s just all talk in the locker. “Oh, it’s really cool. We’re going to be in Madison Square Garden. Isn’t it going to be great?” Until you step foot in there, until you go through that curtain, until you hear that music play and you stand on that stage and you take it all in, that’s when it hits you. And a lot of these guys are in for a good, rude awakening.They’re going to get hit with that rush of emotion when they see that crowd and when they see that building. That rush of emotion can almost make you black out. You gotta be really conscious of it because it can take over you and it could screw up your performance. So, you have to go out there calm, cool, collected, take it in, smell the roses but you never really know what it’s like until you do it.I’m fortunate enough that I wrestled there at the Royal Rumble 2000, I wrestled at WrestleMania in Madison Square Garden. I’ve wrestled in main events at Madison Square Garden. I’ve been on the marquee and wrestled The Rock at Madison Square Garden. We’ve done a lot in that building. I think I’ll have a handle on it because I understand what it’s like and I know that feeling that will come over me once I go through the curtain. The most special thing for me now because I’ve accomplished so much in my career and in that building, the thing I’m most proud of is that I’m not going into Madison Square Garden as Bubba Ray Dudley. I’m going in as Bully Ray. I’m going into The Garden as something I created and I nurtured and I was able to take to world’s championship status and I was able to bring to Ring of Honor and try to help make a difference. One of the last things on my bucket list really was to bring one of my creations to Madison Square Garden and knock on wood, as long as I make it there that day, that’s hopefully what I’ll be doing and stealing the show.SN: There’s this ongoing collaboration between Ring of Honor and New Japan that has been going on for a while now. What else would you like to see come out of this relationship and what do you think are the next steps when it comes to the two companies working together?BR: I think the two companies have worked famously together. Both companies benefit. Both offices have a great rapport and a great, respectful relationship. I think the wrestlers respect one another and each other’s abilities to perform. I think Ring of Honor and New Japan just need to stay the course. For Ring of Honor, I think they are going to be in a unique position that they’ve never been in before. For 17 years, Ring of Honor has existed in its own safe place in the wrestling world. Ring of Honor didn’t screw with anybody and nobody screwed with Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor never had any direct competition.Ring of Honor, after The Garden, is going to be put under a microscope because if you go in front of 16-17,000 people, when you go to your regular live events in smaller venues, you need to make sure those smaller venues are sold out, standing room only and a line out the door to see your product. People are going to look at that. They’re going to compare the amount of people that were at Madison Square Garden to the normal business that Ring of Honor does. Like I said, they will be under a microscope. I believe the second task that Ring of Honor has is with the creation of AEW that, for the first time, Ring of Honor will have direct competition for their fanbase because AEW fans are Ring of Honor fans. I think the thing that Ring of Honor needs to work on is identity. We’ve always known who they are for 17 years. Some of the best wrestlers, some of the best athletes, some of the most exciting wrestlers and matches we’ve seen but now they have to take the next step as they’re carving out their identity.If WWE is the greatest in sports entertainment and Ring of Honor is the best entertaining sport, now AEW are the cool kids in town. I think Ring of Honor needs to become very unpredictable. I think Ring of Honor needs to take chances that they’re not used to taking. Maybe look for some talent that they wouldn’t normally go after. Bully Ray and Ring of Honor, it was like oil and water at first but I’m proud to say that the relationship has worked very well. That’s what I’d like to see Ring of Honor do personally. SN: You’ve worked over in Japan before and are a 2-time IWGP heavyweight tag team champion. Have you thought about going back and having more matches in Japan?BR: I would love to reestablish a working relationship with New Japan. I would want to work with the right person. Me and Devon had tremendous success in all of the companies we worked for in Japan whether that was All Japan, Hustle, and especially New Japan. Two-time IWGP tag team champions. We wrestled in the Tokyo Dome three or four times on their big show. Singles-wise it would really have to be the right guy to tell the right story. The most important part to me is the story.I’m a storyteller in the storytelling business and I tell my stories in a wrestling ring. To me, it’s not just about a wrestling match. It has to be bigger than that. If you saw my match with Flip Gordon at Final Battle, that wasn’t a wrestling match. That was ending scene in an action movie like Die Hard. And that’s what I want; larger than life scenarios that when a fan goes home, they know they saw something special. And not just another match that although it might have been exciting, was just a wrestling match.My Final Battle match with Flip, I’m extremely proud of and I’ll go on record to say that match stole the show. It stole the show excitement-wise. It stole the show surprise-wise. I’m happy that we surprised the people, shocked the people, have the people on their feet. At the end of the day, the people got what they wanted and that’s what I like about pro wrestling. I can appreciate just a wrestling match but I want to be entertained beyond a wrestling match.last_img read more