Fear of Flying: Caught on Camera

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Well, what a complete cock-up of a program Fear of Flying: Caught on Camera on Channel 4 have just shown us. That is if it was ever intended to be any help to those with a fear of flying of course.... This COULD have been a great, insightful, helpful program. Instead, it was another poorly researched, and poorly edited example of how the media worsens and/or causes people's fears. For example, at regular intervals the program showed aircraft incidents. This wouldn't be such a terrible problem if they offered any explanation as to why these things happened, and how rare it is to experience anything like this. I have done 5000 flights+ now, and never had any emergency. That doesn't mean I am lucky.... It is the norm! The biggest editorial … [Read more...]

Another Poorly Reported Non-Story Appears in Daily Mail

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A reader has shared a story found in the Daily Mail - a popular (unfortunately) UK newspaper. Any long term readers will already know my opinion of certain sections of the media when it comes to misreported and exaggerated stories contributing to the fear of flying of readers. Firstly, read the ridiculous attempt at journalism by clicking here and then read my rewrite of the story below; A Lufthansa Airbus 321 suffered an engine malfunction on Saturday shortly after takeoff from Helsinki. The engine was shut down by pilots who were following their well practised drill for this situation. Any fire would have been extinguished automatically. The plane flew perfectly safely with one engine as all commercial aircraft can, but as a … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Matt Cutts

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Dear Mr Cutts, My site was severely 'punished' during last years Penguin updates. Now, before we go any further I want to make it clear I am not here to attack Google, or you. In fact, I love Google most of the time. I couldn't cope without Google Maps for example, or YouTube. But, I don't trust your search results anymore due to what has happened to my website. I am a Flight Attendant, not a web designer or anything similar. I am certainly no SEO expert that's for sure but a few years ago I decided to start a website to help those with a fear of flying. I didn't expect anyone to read it, but it grew and grew until I was getting over a thousand visitors every day. As a result I was getting loads of emails asking for help and I … [Read more...]

Possibly The Most Beautiful Photo I Have Taken…

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I flew to Funchal (Madeira) a few days back and just after takeoff on the return flight I looked out of the window to see the sun setting.... Well, I knew this was going to make a beautiful photo although it took about 10 attempts to get it right. This is the result, and I hope you agree it's stunning! Sometimes I just love my job because I get to see beautiful things like this everyday. I work hard, and it can be tiring, but somehow this makes it all worthwhile. I happen to LOVE flying too, which I guess helps. … [Read more...]

Turbulence Set to Increase due to Climate Change

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According to a study led by Reading University in the UK and published in Nature Climate Change turbulence is on the increase as a direct result of climate change. The study concentrated on the North Atlantic corridor which sees 600 flights a day cross between the Americas and Europe. Results show that not only will turbulence be more severe, but the area affected by turbulent air will also increase. The study is thought to be the first ever to research the future of aviation turbulence, despite there being a related - albeit difficult to calculate - cost for airlines. This cost is thought to be in the region of $150m (£100m) a year. Any increase in turbulence would result in an increased fuel burn as pilots avoid bumpy air in … [Read more...]

5am Check-In.. Palma de Mallorca

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It's 7.42 in the morning as I start writing this. We are currently flying overhead mainland Spain and just started our initial descent into Palma (Mallorca). In fact, we have just over 20 minutes before we land and I have just snapped this photo out the window. The alarm went off at 3.45am this morning - which was a shock to the system after having 5 days off work. Thankfully it has been a rather easy flight so far. The only notable incidents have been a passenger feeling faint (regularly happens, especially on the very early flights), and a child being sick. I'm hoping the return flight is just as easy, and all being well I will be home in time for lunch :-) Well it's now 9am UK time (10am here in Mallorca). The aircraft is fully … [Read more...]

Welcome to My Blog

Flight Attendant helps with fear of flying

This is where I will keep you updated on my plans for the site, and other stuff that is not directly related to overcoming your fear of flying. It's where I can communicate with you on a more personal level, and post photos etc that may inspire you.... In this first post though, I want to talk to you about the future of this site, and my commitment to making it better. Those of you that visit regularly will have noticed I have redesigned the homepage to look more professional and link directly to the content that most fearful flyers want to read about. There is a lot more work to be done on this so keep your eye out for more improvements. In the coming days I will be reading all my previous articles and editing or deleting ones … [Read more...]

Virgin Flight VS27 Emergency Evacuation at Gatwick Airport

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Virgin flight VS27 turned back to Gatwick this morning approx 10 minutes after takeoff. The Captain announced that an emergency landing would take place. Reports suggest that there was smoke in the cabin, but this has not been confirmed. What is important to talk about is the reports of injuries caused by the emergency evacuation itself. We only evacuate an aircraft if it is thought life may be in danger. Therefore when the captain ordered the evacuation he would have done so knowing full well that injuries may occur, but felt it was necessary in order to protect life. Bruised limbs, or the odd broken bone is a small price to pay when there are passengers life's to protect. Once again the media have decided to interview affected … [Read more...]

Editorial: Michael O’Leary Suggests ‘Getting Rid’ of the Co-Pilot

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Airline pilots have accused Ryanair's Michael O'Leary of endangering passengers' safety after he called for co-pilots to be replaced with air stewardesses ~ Sky News Online Ryanair (a UK low-cost airline) boss Michael O'Leary has always been arrogant, loud-mouthed, and obnoxious, but has he gone too far in suggesting getting rid of one of the pilots to save money? Despite everything Michael O'Leary has said in the past, there is no doubting that the guy is clever to a certain degree. He never seems to run out of absurd comments to make to get the airline in the news. His philosophy appears to be: negative publicity is still publicity. I seem to remember watching a documentary on the Ryanair Chief Executice a while ago, where he … [Read more...]

Flight AF447: My Thoughts

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There is no point in pretending the incident involving Flight AF447 did not happen - it's all over the world's media. So, I want to share my thoughts with you, the fearful flyer; We do not know WHAT has caused the incident, so there is no point in focusing on it. Focusing on an incident that has not been investigated yet simply causes more anxiety. Until we know how the aircraft came down, don't think about it.... Easier said than done, I know. To sell newspapers - or gain viewers - the media needs to 'imply' a reason, and that is exactly what they are doing. Simply because the captain had reported enetering severe turbulence the media are 'implying' that this could be the cause. But turbulence does not just bring an aircraft … [Read more...]