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  1. I am seeking a job as an Army National Guard pilot. I currently have a single engine fixed wing PPL with about 90 hours. I flew for a couple hours in an R22 and was hooked on the idea of flying rotor wing! I'd love to fly helos for the military, but my big concern is my airsickness problem. While flying cessnas in getting my PPL, I would get extremely airsick. If it was turbulent day, I would even vomit flying straight and level at times. I honestly haven't flown enough in helos to know whether I'd get sick in one, but I imagine the feeling is somewhat like being in a small fixed wing aircraft. I have about 90 hours flying cessnas, but my problem airsickness hasn't really gotten better. Although flying on a relatively sporadic basis (once or twice every couple weeks) I never got over the problem even while in training to get my PPL. My question is this, has anyone who has been through flight school at Fort Rucker observed anyone with severe airsickness problems such as mine? If so, are there methods implemented to help those students overcome their airsickness problem over time. If I still get sick flying in cessnas, is a good idea to try to go to flight school with the Army, or will I be setting myself up for failure? I'd appreciate any advice/opinions on this matter.
  2. Hey Everyone, First time poster here with some general questions...first I should give you some background about myself and why I'm posting here. Just recently, I've gone looking for another job. I'm a college student studying film & video. I stumbled upon an awesome job which I'm currently being trained for. As you may have guessed, it's relating to helicopters. My job is riding along in a local news helicopter in PA, acting as the camera operator for the news station. Today was my first flight off the ground where I got some actual training filming things on the ground. I don't get motion sickness in cars/planes/busses/trains and I never physically got sick but I started feeling uncomfortable toward the end of the flight as we were landing. We were probably in the air for maybe 45 minutes...this was also my first helicopter flight ever, too. I started sweating a lot near the end...mind you I was wearing many layers (t-shirt, long sleeve button up shirt, and a winter jacket) all while in the chopper. Today in PA was relatively chilly, about 40 degrees for the high. I popped off the jacket and rolled up my sleeves which did help. The only other thing I could find that bothered me were my ears popping like crazy and some pressure on my head. I was looking down a lot using the camera controls and watching a monitor from my seat...if that would cause any of this. The pilot did some large swooping/bank turns which I'm sure contributed to my feelings. My question is...I ultimately got the job and will be going back for more training before becoming a part-time/back up camera operator. I understand it was my first flight ever....is there anything I could do to improve myself for my next flight? I've read ginger candy if I felt sick, which I really didn't. Maybe I'd leave behind the winter jacket for a lighter jacket next time. Any input/advice would be extremely helpful! Thanks in advance!
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