@moonhat@RiotDemon You are correct in that the crewchief is in charge of the aircraft while the bus drivers sit up front. But actually, per the NATOPS manual the minimum crew on the H-53 is a pilot, crewchief, and qualified observer. I flew quite a few post rework deliveries as the left seat QA while stationed at NARF/NADEP Pensacola. We had one pilot who liked to party hearty while on the road and would actually sleep it off between re-fueling stops.
I have to admit, my other secret is that I learned to sleep through flight operations on an aircraft carrier in the Navy. At least the Navy berth had a 2’ wide, 2" thick mattress. I can sleep through about anything, now though. Some day I’m going to wake up like Rick Grimes and the world will have ended around me.
It’s harder now that seats do not recline. So your head falls forward. For me I have to have the window seat on the right side of the plane if I’m going to sleep. And I do need a pillow. I remember when flights used to give pillows and blankets on request.
I am usually asleep before take off and start waking up right before landing. Windows seat, right side of plane towards the back. Neck pillow, travel blanket, eye mask and noise canceling headphones playing classic rock.
Lately I don’t mind so much about sleeping on flights cuz I hardly fly at all, and when I do they’re short hops for ~45 minutes to see my Mom and when they’re longer I bring my noise-isolating headphones which cut the hassle of flying by — I’m not kidding around here — 90%. I can fly anywhere as long as it’s quiet.
I try to get a window seat on every flight. That way I can rest up against the side of plane and I am usually asleep before takeoff and can get a nice nap. Eye mask and listening to something on my phone with the volume low also helps.
I use noise cancelling headphones (Sony-no model number on them-from Costco 5-10 years ago) with either no music or Bach pieces on piano). Unfortunately I do not sleep well, but it is better than nothing. Oh-and I use an inflatable neck pillow, if it is not leaking.
@dannybeans yep, have to agree. Took an overnight train from Rome to Paris a couple of times and had a great experience. Helped that I spoke French and could chat up the porter… SWMBO and I got a room to ourselves and a free bottle of champagne on one trip. That was nice
“if the train is rockin’ don’t come knockin’”
Wear something lightweight with a hood that can be pulled down over the eyes. And an Ativan at bedtime can really help with those midnight “why can’t I stretch out my legs” claustrophobic panic attacks.
It depends on the length of the flight and the airline. Asiana, Seoul to LA, even with an aisle seat, I fell asleep and was upset when they woke me up for my third meal. Frontier, Austin to Denver, crammed into seat A1 with a sinus migraine, no way.