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The torture machine

I went for my second G-Fet (G-Flight Environment Trainer) habituation today and to my surprise, it feels much better as compared to the previous 2 sessions. Today’s profile includes a gradual onset to 8G environments as well as a rapid onset to 6G environment that lasts for 40 seconds. Luckily, both profile allows the use of a G-suit since the G-Suit will greatly help to reduce the amount of physical straining on my part. I doubt I’ll be able to sustain 6G for 40 seconds without the help of a G-Suit since it can be quite tedious and tiring for my muscles, not to mention that I’m not exactly that strong and physically fit.

Till now, I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of being spun around like being in a washing machine. What makes matter worst is the tumbling effect that one will experience during the start and end of a session, normally just before the machine comes to a complete stop. Furthermore, there’s always a risk of losing consciousness while executing a profile and this equates to more sessions with the torture machine. I dread of every session but still, I have to overcome my fear and get used to such training.

I’m currently experiencing the side effects of sustaining high G’s. This includes G measles appearing over my arms, legs and abdominal as well as muscle aches over areas where the straining occurred. It’s not a big deal but the G measles can get quite ugly as it looked like one is suffering from some skin disease or bad skin rash. Hopefully, this will heal within the next few days but it wouldn’t be long before I’ll experience the effects once again.

For those who have no idea how a G-Fet machine looked like and is interested to know more about it, I’ve managed to find a copy of the article from the Singapore Armed Forces Pioneer magazine which featured on the G-Fet trainer.


Experiencing gravity effects

Gravity [grav-i-tee] An attractive force which all matter possesses. Every bit of matter attracts every other bit of matter. The strength of that attraction depends on two things — the mass of any two objects, and the distance between those objects.

Gravity effects (or Gs in short) are mostly experienced by aerobatics and military (fighter) pilots. It is the kind of feeling not many would like and am able to take it. For those who take commercial flights, one would experience mild G effects during turbulence.

There are a few alternatives to experience G effects apart from taking an air plane. One method is to pay S$30 for a five minutes reverse bungee jump. The other cheaper and easier way is to take a TIBS bendy bus which I found out recently. By sitting at the rear of the vehicle and when the bus is travelling at a relatively fast speed on an uneven road, the bus tend to bounce and this in return will cause the passengers, especially those sitting at the rear to lift off their seats literally. Try this the next time you take a bendy bus!