We run fear of flying courses at London Heathrow, Dubai*, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Johannesburg* and New York* to help you overcome your fear. Over 40,000 people have attended these special Flying with Confidence one day courses to overcome their fear of flying over the last 28 years - click on our testimonials to see how they've done. Depending on the time of the flight, the day usually starts around 0900 and is divided into morning (pilots) and afternoon (psychologist) sessions, followed by a flight on a BA jet with a running commentary from an extra pilot on the flight deck. Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day. The flight is normally at 1700, and the day finishes at around 1930, although the finish time is of course subject to any flight delays on the day. We generally recommend you do not make any plans for the evening, other than to celebrate your success!
A signed copy of our "Flying with Confidence" book is available for sale on the day, but is included in the price of a ground only course.
*The courses in Dubai, Johannesburg and New York are ground based only and do not include a flight. Please see "venues and prices" for specific course information.
The cost of the course is dependent on location - click on "Location and Schedule" at the bottom of the home page on this website for more information.
The day starts with tea and coffee – an excellent opportunity to meet our experienced team who know just how to overcome a fear of flying. It's also when you realise you're not alone as a nervous flyer, as you meet many others who are as scared of flying as you are. This is followed by a presentation by British Airways pilots. There is strong evidence to suggest that one of the main causes of fear of flying is simple lack of knowledge about how an aircraft flies and operates. So, the pilots give a detailed talk explaining the technical side of aviation especially concentrating on air turbulence, flight safety and much more.
In the afternoon session, one of our psychologists talks about the psychological aspects of aerophobia (fear of flying), the mechanics of fear, and how best to deal with anxiety and feelings of panic. Lack of control, claustrophobia, fear of tube trains, lifts, heights and fear of falling are the concerns of many nervous passengers. Our psychologist demonstrates positive ways of coping with and minimising these symptoms, and will conduct a relaxation session just prior to the flight.
The day concludes with an actual flight on a BA jet aircraft, lasting 45 minutes. Passengers are accompanied by our team of pilots, cabin crew and psychologists with the normal operating BA pilots and cabin crew. During the flight, an extra pilot on the flight deck gives a running commentary explaining the various phases of the flight and just what is happening. This aspect of the course has been found to be very reassuring and valuable, helping people overcome their fear of flying.
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My big stumbling block was take off and turbulence. My other one, I have to say, was fear of flying courses. But now I’m a total convert, all thanks to Flying with Confidence.