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How To Cure The "fear Of Flying"?  
User currently offlineFear_of_fly From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2001, 13 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Hi all,

I want to ask how to cure the "fear of flying".

When I am riding on an aircraft, I become worried and nervous. I can't sleep even it is a 6-hour journey on the aircraft. Besides, I have to look at the engines in the whole journey because I am worried that it will burn.

Though I have that feelings, I like aircraft very much. It is very strange, isn't it??? :>

Now, I am attending a Private Pilot couse in order to overcome that. I hope it can help. :>


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User currently offlineCoboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

Hye, don't feel bad. I LOVE planes, love flying on them, and can never get enough of them but I too still have that fear in the back of my mind. I can never sleep on flights either like those people you see who fall asleep the minute they get on the plane. However my fear is not that the plane with crash. I work at an airport and see the same exact aircraft come and go everyday sometimes several times a day so I'd like to think the odds are in my favor. The thing that makes me nervous is turbulence..the kind where the plane drops a few hundred feet. Thats what makes me paranoid! Anyone else like that or am I just the only weirdo out there?

User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14163 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

I get nervous when there are turbulace. I flew DEN-SFO on UA one time. Leaving DEN, it was very bumpy. Part of me thought it should be just like driving a car and why can't that darn pilot just avoid the bumps. I then tried to figure out why it was so bumpy and got my mind involved in trying to remember everything my college geography and geology professors taught. Before I knew it, the pilot was pointing out Stockton.

Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineChopper From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

My dad got me into flying about ten years ago and I was real scared of it my self for a while.I guess My best advice would be if you realy like to fly then take training and then you will understand what goes on in flying.I would be lieing if I told you I dont get fear when I go up but you get better and more conffident about yoiur self.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4626 times:

My recommendation is as you board ask the FA if you can have a look in the cockpit and meet the pilots as you are nervous. Once you meet the chaps up front, they will explain some systems, ect. And basically make you feel much better, and when they come on to welcome everyone, or if it gets a little bumpy they will come on, and you can think that is my friend, and he is still paying attention!

User currently offlineStratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

I used to get very nervous while flying, but the more you fly the faster the fear dissipates. It was the case for me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Don't worry bout sleeping though. I think there are a lot of us who don't mind flying but can't sleep for other reasons. Me included  Big thumbs up

Going transpacific means I get no sleep for 20 hours... *whoop whoop wake up*

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4612 times:

I had a terrible fear of flying. I took a position at work that required travel. I almost hated to take the position just because of the flying. I could never sleep the night before a trip and would get terribly agitated as I arrived at the airport. I would always hope my flights would get cancelled or delayed to postpone the inevitable. I, too, had a fixation on the engines and wings, thinking at any time, they will come apart. I could hear all the statistics in the world, and even believe them, but it didn't help much. Now, I absolutely love flying and even look forward to trips. What did it for me? Nothing really. The more I flew, the more comfortable I was. I now have a good sense of real perspective about the safety of flying and the integrity of the structure of the aircraft and engines. My fear subsided thanks to frequent trips. I'm not talking every day either; I flew about once a month for the last 3 years. Just imagine how confident you are driving down the road, that your front fender isn't going to suddenly pop-off for no reason. I have that same confidence in airplanes. Before, I didn't.

"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineSkyhooked From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

F of F,Hi!
From thirty years of experience on your ailment,my advice to you would be to try and associate being on an aircraft with some very pleasant feelings :Bring your favorite pieces of music with you along with a very good CD player,display a frame with the pictures of your loved ones in front of your seat...take the best seats in the aircraft you can afford (sitting up front of a big jet will keep you from keeping a watch on the engines !) .

Flying with a non US airline will greatly increase your chances of a flight deck visit and I agree with Iain,a chat with the pilots helps a lot on anxiety cases.

Lastly,the most thorough solution will be to take all your courage and join one of these airline-anti-fear -of-flying courses :As a group,you will be taken through the mechanics of your own anxiety,then discuss them; you will then be given a full overview of an aircraft operation,including the physics involved.....
They then will take you to the flight training center to witness the seriousness of the job (This includes being taken on an actual simulator training session with the crews.).
In the end,on your first flight after the course,you will be recommended to the crew of that flight as a special vip,you'll probably be given a visit of the cockpit.....
From experience,this scheme at AF has seen an infinitesimal failure rate.Two weeks ago,a passenger told me the course he attended to four years ago completely cured him.
Not sure if other airlines have a similar scheme.If you are interested,it would be my pleasure to help you contact these friends of mine.
Till then,may gentle winds blow on your contrails.

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

Also, it helps to put everythink in perspective. You are far more likely to die in a car crash, train crash, at sea etc. Flying is by far the safest way to travel. What I guess is freaking you out is the fact that when you are up in a plane you have the feeling that you have a total lack of control over what is going on. This fear of the unknown is what is most powerful. However, although it might sound cliched, facing up to your fear is the best remedy, something which you are remedying by considering the pilot's course. The more and more you fly, the easier it will become. I am pretty sure you will conquer this fear because you are being brave and facing up to it instead of running away from the cause. Remember, there is nothing irrational about being afraid about being stuck in a pressurised tube at 35,000 feet until you read all of the facts and understand that you are probably safer in the air than you are in most situations on the ground! Big grin

I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineLeon From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4583 times:

Turbulence is my fear, after a "big drop" experience in a China Airlines 747 a few years ago. What unnerved me the most was that there was no mention from the flight deck either before or after, and the Flight Attendants were crying like many of the passengers. I got the feeling that they weren't trying to get out of it. The engines were twisting in thir mounts bigtime. I feel lots better when the pilot comes on, acknowledges it, and says he is tryng to get out of it. Are non-US carriers less likely to say something to the passengers? Seems like it to me.

User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Maybe I'm just a weirdo, but I like it when I'm on a commercial flight and there is turbulence. Last time it happened I almost started laughing and had to try not to for fear my fellow passengers would think I'm insane. Who knows, maybe I am. However, I can't sleep. Maybe if I could fly in a bed but not in one of those ever so uncomfortable seats.

User currently offlineFP_v2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Although I have no fear of flying I think the biggest problem for most people that hate flying is that they are not in control and they doubt the abilities of the pilots up front, should something go wrong. I think the best way to overcome this is to visit the flight deck and have a chat with the pilots.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4562 times:

Have you tried attending classes that try to encourage you to overcome your phobia? Here in Canada, before CP merged, they used to have such program for nervous flyers. It consisted of numerous one-on-one sessions as well as sharing their feelings with others in the same situation. The program ended with short return flights (YYZ-YOW-YYZ in this case) along with others in the class. Look in your area, there should be a similar program if you live in a big city.

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