I took my parents up for a one hour flight on Friday. The GFA was showing moderate mechanical turbulence under 3000′. The city centre airport was showing winds gusting to 30kts.
I gave my parents the warning that it might be a little bumpy. The ride couldn’t have been any farther from the truth. The ride was smooth.
I decided to bring along my heart rate monitor this time around. It would be interesting to see how my body reacts to the different phases of flight. I was predicting a spike in heart rate during take off and landing, but steady during the cruise phase.
For reference my resting heart rate is around 55-60 bpm.
Taking a look at the map the blue/purple track colour is a higher heart rate. It’s easy to spot that my heart rate is higher near the airport. As predicted, take-off and landing was where the highest heart rates were found.
My average heart rate was 100bpm, which is 40bpm above my resting heart rate. This is still in my “rest” zone, so it’s hardly a workout. However, this elevated rate does explain why I always feel “drained” after flying. Takes a lot of mental processing, and the heart is there to supply it with the necessary fuel when it’s needed.