Video: 10 Steps to Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

This is a quick fear of flying video I put together for YouTube. It's what I like to call a video article, I hope you enjoy and gain something from it; For those of you that are interested, the background music is from Ellie Williams, a Exeter based singer & songwriter. To buy her album from iTunes click here. Before you ask, yes, the rest of the album is just as brilliant as the music in the video! … [Read more...]

First Time Flying? A Video of Take-Off

As I've had many emails from first time flyers with questions along the lines of 'what is take-off like?', I have a quick video for you showing a typical take-off from Madrid Barajas Airport. NB: The odd noise you can hear as we go down the runway is my camera moving against the window - it's not the plane. You would not hear this noise during take-off. Hope the video helps....... Just hit the play button and enjoy. … [Read more...]

You Must Have a DESIRE to Overcome Your Fear of Flying

There are three elements that must be present if you are to overcome your phobia of flying; Desire/Belief - you have to really WANT to overcome your fear and must BELIEVE that you can Willpower/Commitment - it won't be an easy ride, but you must be prepared to fight to the end Help and advice from and SOAR - with the right information, you WILL succeed. If any one of these are missing, you will still be afraid to fly in … [Read more...]

The Onset Of Flight Anxiety Problems

A person on the SOAR Message Board writes, "Can one person fly for almost twenty-nine years with no turbulence and no fear and then just freak out about it? I was first on the plane at age of 6 months and never even once up until this year worried about flying. I would fall asleep on planes." Until one flight to San Francisco and back, my nerves were really on edge for some reason and they plane shook and its the first time ever I got nervous. A few months later I went with my family to Cozumel Mexico and on the way there the plane shook a bit, I cried, my arms got numb. When I tell people that I never really experienced turbulence up until this year they don't believe me. Now I am convinced that every flight I will take from now on … [Read more...]

Dealing With Turbulence Anxiety

When there is anxiety about the uncertain outcome of some event, we naturally seek some means of control, so that the matter works out to our benefit. When seeking control as the means of securing a good result, anything that seems to defy control can feel threatening. That seems to be a factor in fear of turbulence. It seems, to the anxious flier, that turbulence is out of control and could throw the plane out of control. No. Turbulence is not out of control, nor can it throw an airliner out of control. Turbulence is … [Read more...]

Capt Tom’s 5-4-3-2-1 Exercise To Stop Anxiety And Panic

Panic is frightening anyplace, but nowhere is panic worse than on an airliner. I've worked on this for twenty-eight years both as an airline captain and as a licensed therapist. A quick way to get relief is with the 5-4-3-2-1 exercise. Focus on some object in front of you. Say "I see" and then name something in your peripheral vision. Then say "I see" and name something else in your peripheral vision. Continue until you have made five statements. Maintaining focus, say the words "I hear" and name something you hear. Then say "I hear" and name … [Read more...]

Where To Find Fear of Flying Courses

Image by Getty Images via Daylife As a fear of flying sufferer there is plenty of help available to you. There are many websites out there with help & advice (the best of which is this one obviously ;-)!). Some of you, however, may prefer more 'hands on' help with your phobia. Whereas I can provide you with 24/7 email support, I simply do not have the time and resources to meet you all. If I could I would! For those of you that require extra help, maybe … [Read more...]