I was born and raised on tandem aircraft and these stories add one more reason that, for me, is a good seating arrangement. Hind sight: some of these stories made me laugh out loud as I imagined the scene but were NOT funny at the time.........
One of my more interesting passengers was the wife of my A&P/IA. He had 80/87 running in his veins (remember that? Purple, smelled wonderful....!
). You could not keep him out of the air. His wife, however, HATED
to fly. Interesting relationship. I can't remember the reason she was in the back seat of the Cub (with the stick removed) but I was given the job of getting her back to her home field. I figured out pretty soon into the flight that turns freaked her OUT
. As soon as that wing came down, she was grabbing for things. Huh. So I minimized our wing-down turns until I got back to the home field. All turns in the pattern were FLAT TURNS with the ball slammed against the edge of the vial, my face feeling like it was smashed against the window but she was fine.
You all know what a flat turn feels like
She thought they were fine as long as those wings stayed where they were supposed to be: horizontal! I have not flown with her since.
My instructor had a student in the front seat of the Super Cub freeze on the controls.......on final approach
and had to aggressively slap him in the head before he let go.
He did not get his license......
I always brief my passengers before flight. One of the things I point out is the small stack of barf bags behind the rudder cables on their right side. I jokingly say that if they chew tobacco, those bags are a great place to spit. I do NOT mention getting sick. No one has ever asked me what I meant.
That said, I have not had more than two or three people actually get sick. I had a USAF jet jock who hadn't pulled "G"'s in 15 years get queasy when we were dog-fighting; he explained that USAF pilots don't do negative "G"s. They go inverted and pull