sportflugzeug wrote:I am concerned about airsickness and clearing my Eustachian tubes during ascending and descents. I am bringing gum.
Google "Frenzel Technique". He was a JU-87 Stuka pilot that developed this quick, easy method for clearing your tubes. I suppose that would be a problem for a dive bomber pilot. Anyway, I learned it from an Air Force C-130 Loadmaster. Concerning problem #1, I wouldn't eat anything 2 hours prior to flight. It was not an airsick problem, it was uncontrollable flatulence . Not a good way to impress your instructor. A scruffy old pilot once told me that was the reason for wicker seats in the old biplanes . Good Luck!