Friday, 24 November 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog 24th November 2017


Greetings!

This month has been super busy. We ran a courses in Manchester and Gatwick, both of which went really well.  Here is some feedback...

Gatwick November 2017
My wife and I were part of a group of 120 souls with differing types of fear and phobias. At the end of the course over 97% of us walked out having flown in a plane. We wish we had done it years earlier, now being in our 60′s it has opened the world in our retirement. 


The course was professionally run in an informal atmosphere with 10 participants allocated to a team leader who were there to answer questions, and offer reassurance, Our chap was Brian who was absolutely superb having the previous day returned from a trip back from China.

The course included a talk about phobias, general duties of the cabin crew and their extensive training , and pilot Captain Dave Mabbett who went through every scenario, and answered every question, no matter how trivial it was. He was the main factor in my conquering the fear I had with flying. Although run by Virgin the  course was independently run without any marketing. The most reassuring quote of the day  (and everyone is different) made by Captain Dave about himself was the most important person on this plane  was me, because if I’m safe your safe. I would encourage anybody who does fear flying to go on the course you will not regret it everyone is different

Manchester November 2017
Dear team,
I would like to say a big thank you for an excellent course and for helping me in overcoming my fear of flying. I have not flown for 34years and in all that time I have done everything possible to avoid getting on a plane, I have been aware that sooner or later I must do something to get rid of my fear and when my wife told me about your flying without fear course I thought this will hopefully be the answer. I attended on Sunday and found that there were lots of others with the same fears and anxieties and in some way this reassured me. I found that the information and the constant reassurance you gave helped me as the day progressed.


The big test of course was the flight and I must say I was quite nervous at this stage, however after the flight I felt a great sense of achievement and I now feel more comfortable about going on a plane and look forward to going on a flight in the near future. Thanks again to you all, you are a great team.
John Scan


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Why do people clap on landing?


Body language expert, Judi James claims that the practice of clapping when landing has psychological benefits. Also, she believes, it is dying out and soon will be no more. Her interesting article here  

Some of the team were discussing this very thing recently.  All of us were struggling to remember when the last time an aircraft landing had been clapped... One of the team said that on a recent flight back from Turkey,  only one row of people clap as they landed. Were they particularly impressed with the pilot skills?  Or, was it relief to still be alive?!

Not sure why the practice stopped.  If nothing else, it was nice for pilots to hear someone applaud their work.  It takes skill to softly land an aircraft.  Nowadays, behind the bolted Kevlar doors, the pilots have very little contact with passengers.  Maybe, we should all bring back the clapping to appreciate these skilled professionals?

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Why don't you pack parachutes instead of life jackets on board?

This is a question that is in our book.  This question actually comes up quite a bit.  Some example answers:
  1. Unless you have been trained to jump out of aircraft, can you imagine how long and detailed the safety demo would be to use them?
  2. Would you really jump out of an aircraft and just land anywhere?!
  3. The safest place to be is on the aircraft with professionals trained to fly it.
  4. There are so many back ups and extra capacity built into commercial aviation, you are much safer with us than any other form of transport.

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Future Course Dates:

4th February 2018


4th March 2018



Our Book
Flying Without Fear, 101 fear of flying questions answered.  Written a few years ago now but still relevant.  Contains a year's worth of questions we get asked most courses.  Available on Amazon.









YouTube
VirginFlyingWithoutFear - this channel has some helpful videos and clips for you to reinforce what you have learned from our courses.
 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog 16th October 2017

Greetings. 


Sad News
This month has seen the sad disappearance of Monarch Airlines. An airline that we had very close ties with and many of our friends worked there.  It just goes to show how tough it is to survive in the aviation industry.  They have just completed 50 years of being in business which was amazing. 

Monarch also helped the flying without fear programme for many years by letting us charter their aircraft for our courses. The crew (ground and air) were amazing to work with and we shall miss them being around.  Some airlines get rescued and that would be an amazing thing to happen to Monarch. It is testament to how closely commercial aviation works together as we have heard, many airlines are opening their doors to the ex Monarch staff.  We wish all the amazing staff the best of luck looking for new employment.

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Email Thank you


I attended this course in July at the Manchester venue. It was quite challenging to actually take that short flight at the end of the course. My Husband decided to book a weeks sun holiday for us after I'd taken the course, we returned on Friday and although I can't say I enjoyed the flights, having used the techniques learned during the course made it a lot more bearable. The water bottle really helped my anxiety during the bits of turbulence, but the big achievement was the fact that I wasn't doing my meerkat impression when the Bing bongs went off. I kept my little folder with me and read the explanations during take off and landing, again very reassuring. My big test will be an upcoming trip to Hong Kong , so fingers crossed and thank you, this course was definitely worth the investment and has allowed me to regain some control over my fear. I would definitely recommend it to anyone fearful of flying. Marie
 
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Fear - depends how you look at it

Most of us as humans don't like the feelings that fear creates within us.  We, flying without fear, don't necessarily believe that fear is a bad thing actually.

Granted, it can be horrible when it is out of control or when the fear stops you doing other things within your life.  But, fear also keeps you alive by keeping you alert. 

Fear is also something that you can sell.  Paul's daughters (Paul Co Founder) were talking about Tulley's Farm in Sussex (Near Gatwick) as they hold Halloween Fright Nights every year.  Apparently, this year is 'Just brilliant 'cos it is REALLY, REALLY scary!'  So, a little cliché perhaps but fear does not mean the same thing to everyone?

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Thank yous - posted on the message board


I did it. I just came back from three weeks in Japan and it was amazing.

I was feeling confident, but my subconscious gave me two weeks of plane related nightmares before departure. For unwanted reasons (a trip to the A&E at 10pm the night before our flight), I didn't get enough sleep on the night before. But on that day, I was still feeling strong. The warm-up was a short and smooth flight to Paris to catch the plane to Japan. That flight went great, and we had more than enough time in Paris to catch the next flight. When I was waiting in Paris, I was excited when I saw the big plane I would take in a few minutes. Then we went inside the plane. We were sitting in a row of 3 seats and luckily, there was nobody on the 3rd seat. The plane took off, we quickly got a drink (no alcohol) and the first meal was served. After about an hour or two, while I was waiting to go to the toilet, I started talking with one of the flight attendants. At some point during the conversation, I said it was my first long-haul flight, and told her about the Virgin Atlantic course and how incredible it was for me to be on this plane. She congratulated me and we had a nice chat about how I felt. During the flight, she came to my seat two or three times just to make sure I was feeling great, and this felt amazing. At the end of the flight, she even gave us some gifts to celebrate this first very long flight. I almost cried when I went out of the plane and realized I was in Japan.

I didn't have nightmares before the flight back to the UK. My subconscious must have realized everything went great. We had to change our flight because of bad weather in Amsterdam, but I didn't see a sign or anything else like that, and in the end, the flight we were supposed to take was cancelled. It was an even bigger plane than the first one, but we had seats in the back. I knew there might be a chance there would be more noise, or that I would feel the plane move more, but it was ok. Once again, I talked with a flight attendant at some point, and in the conversation I told him about the course, how I felt, etc. And once again, he came to check on me at some point and made sure I was feeling good. It was a day flight, and I didn't have the impression I spent almost 11 hours in a plane. I watched movies, had lunch, read some books, and kept myself busy. It went by really, really fast.

The whole experience was amazing. I was very proud of myself. I went to your course looking for answers and a way to overcome this fear, and it really worked for me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!
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Hi,
 
I've just returned from 5 weeks holiday and family visit in Bali and Australia and for the first time ever I have taken 5 flights without the usual gut wrenching stomach churning fear of old!! I have been flying for nearly 40 years living abroad in Zambia and Abu Dhabi. I am married to a travel mad husband and we have had many brilliant holidays around the world - always marred by my fear of flying. Finally after my husband arrived back from our latest trip to Cuba with his arms and hands covered in bruises as I gripped him so tightly on take off, landing , turbulence funny noises etc etc , he booked me onto one of your courses. 

I was sceptical but prepared to give it a go. I found being able to talk to like minded people liberating . We all had similar fears. The technical parts of the course helped me the most. I'm a bit of a control freak and just needed to know why and how and so the pilot talks were great . Loved the analogy of driving as in always said in a car I'm in control - now realise this is not so.

The psychological aspects were good too- I now have to ditch the idea of being afraid of flying, that person is no longer me. What will I talk about at dinner parties now when the subject comes up? Oh yes your course, of course!  I found the breathing exercises worked best for me and the mantra" turbulence is uncomfortable but not dangerous" . I arrived  at Heathrow yesterday after 14 hours from Singapore and thought yep that fear has now gone.

I'm not saying I absolutely love flying but my rational brain now registers the shear volume of air traffic and the routine safety of it rather than terrifying myself with extremely rare catastrophies.
I attended the course at Manchester on 30/7/17.

So thank you all for a brilliant course, the best present my husband has ever given me. Do you know of a similar course for losing weight? Now that would be a money spinner...

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Q. Does your one day course really work?


We get asked this a lot. Here is our answer:

Yes it does.  However, it works best when combined with other things that you are doing to beat the fear.  Such as:

  • Reading books about how aircraft fly
  • Looking at Government websites that give the facts about flying
  • Practicing mindfulness or proper breathing
  • Not watching those programmes such as ' Air Crash Investigation.'
  • Not believing anything in the media when it comes to commercial aviation

If you went to a gym once, you would not expect to both gain and maintain a six pack!  Not meaning to be facetious, it is just about putting it into a helpful perspective.  Staying positive and mentally healthy takes effort just like it would to stay physically healthy.

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Very best wishes,

Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear


Future Courses

PREMIUM:
Manchester 5th November




Gatwick 19th November




Kids with flight (6-12):




Gatwick 19th November

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog 20th September 2017

Welcome...

Did you see this picture in the Daily Mail Online?

Looks very scary, don't you think?














This was taken by Chris Hine in his garden in Byfleet, Surrey, UK. It shows two commercial aircraft looking dangerously close...Or so it seems. This is actually a great picture.  Between those aircraft, there needs to be 1000 feet of separation which there is.  Still, the picture looks great despite the optical illusion created by the vantage point.  Full article Link here 

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This is an email from someone that joined us at Birmingham recently and flew four weeks later. The interesting thing for Jane is that she had (like a lot of people) some mixed emotions as to whether the course had 'worked' for her.  It can take a while to shake old thinking habits...

Hi FWF,

I've just returned from a holiday in Florida, I must say my family was really impressed with me on our flights, although I felt a little nervous waiting for the flights and had to do my breathing exercise and read my flying without fear book, once I was on the aircraft I felt ok and wondered if I would be able to look out the window, I was really pleased with myself that I did look out the window (I've never sat by a window before because I just couldn't look out). One of my fears was the approach to landing, well I looked out the window on the approach and landing, so I was really pleased.
 
My other fear was walking on the plane, this I didn't manage to do but I stood up in the aisle, I'm flying Virgin to New York in November for my granddaughters 16th birthday so maybe I'll walk on the plane on that flight.
Although it was my son Lloyd that paid for my course for him I'm glad that I feel much more comfortable about flying, I'm so glad we both felt better for doing it.

Yours sincerely
Jane Zap...

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A recent Manchester course attendee:
I attended the course yesterday and hadn't flown for over 10 years. I was scared of taking off and built it up to be this horrible thing that I didn't want to ever do again. Since losing my dad last year it's sort of made me push myself to my limits and beyond and make him proud. My mum is 70 next year and wants to go to New York to celebrate so I thought I'd bite the bullet and book myself onto the course.

The course was amazing and I loved every second of it from Pilot Pete, David the cabin crew trainer and Paul the pysch-ed guy. All of it was fantastic and helped me a lot especially my team leader Mags who helped me every step of the way from getting on the bus to sitting next to me on the plane. I even got the full security package getting a massage from the staff. I can say I think I'm over my fear of flying but I'm still not keen on taking off but I'll get used to it with the more I fly.

I just want to say a big thank you to you all, Richard, Paul, Pete, David, Mags and all the other team leaders I didn't think I'd ever get on a plane again but now even though I didn't like the take off I'm excited to get on a plane again.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
Emma


This is one of hundreds of thank you messages posted on our message board... Please have a look at 11 year's worth of thank you messages. 
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20 Year Anniversary

The original flying without fear programme started on the 1st November 1997 with just 8 people in attendance.  Back then, we just ran ground courses to give people an experience and some helpful knowledge surrounding flying. About five years later, we then added flights to the programme.  Things change all the time. New therapists, pilots and team leaders join us, some have stayed the duration and we are extremely grateful to all of them.  Some of our team have sadly passed on.  Thank you to all of you.


Picture: 2003 launch of courses with flight.
Left to right:  Paul Tizzard, Sir Richard Branson & Richard Conway



What we offer has changed over the years too.  We now have courses with flights. Courses without flights. Courses on a 121 basis for executive and celebs. Last, but not least, we offer courses for children too.

Our dear Flying Without Fear friends that have passed on.

Left to right: Psychotherapist and voice of chocolate David Landau; Capt Norman Lees Mr Energy and part time Spitfire Pilot and Capt Pete Dunlop, probably the most relaxed and capable pilot we have ever met.

The Voice of Chocolate recordings can be accessed via a special page here.

It would be our honour to help you face your fears when you are ready.  Our next courses are below.  We also have a book out called, 'Flying Without Fear, 101 fear of flying questions answered' which is available on Amazon.


Take care,

Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear Team

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Future Courses

PREMIUM:
Manchester 5th November




Gatwick 19th November




Kids with flight (6-12):




Gatwick 19th November







 





Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog 08/08/17


Hello and welcome to our August Blog.

When is the best time to do your course? (FAQ)

A lot of people ask us this question.  Normally, the question ties in with this extra information:

'...I was thinking of booking your course about two weeks before my holiday.  Do you think that is enough time for me to fly comfortably?'

This, at face value, sounds like a reasonable question and maybe you have thought similarly yourself?  It is the wrong question!  Allow me to explain.

The course and flight proximity is the wrong way to look at it.  The actual best time to book our course is when you are in the right frame of mind to book onto it.  When you are saying to yourself, 'enough is enough!  I need to get my fears sorted out!!'  THAT is the best time.  Beating a fear of flying is a process that takes time. It takes a different amount of time for each person. Our course works best when part of a process of beating the fear. This can start any time rather than treating the course as a 'one stop shop.' 

Many people often have a lot of success of just coming on our course as a 'one stop shop' and doing nothing else but I am personally gobsmacked how they manage that - it seems like a heck of a lot of pressure to put on yourself?!

Start today, do something regularly towards beating the fear.  Examples -  read books on fear of flying, practice relaxation techniques, try mindfulness, stop watching programmes like Crash Investigation.  These are all things that you can start now at no cost. They all help.

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Inspirational Story

Shortly, on our YouTube channel, 'Virginflyingwithoutfear' we will upload an inspirational story.  You will meet Janine and Mags.  Both have been on our courses as nervous flyers.  Janine 5 years ago, Mags 2 years ago. They are now team leaders helping other nervous flyers.  AND, Janine is even a trained pilot. Watch the clip as Janine meets Mags just before her aerobatic flight!  Amazing, well done to both of you. We truly believe anything is possible in terms of beating your fears. Never give up as these two in the clip prove.  Video link here.








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I keep checking the weather before  I fly...

Nervous flyers check the weather and see it is windy and get worried. Pilots check the weather and think, 'great, it's windy. Wind = free lift' 

Nervous flyers check the weather and see it is sunny and feel relaxed. Pilots check the weather and see it is sunny and think, 'Could be thermals today which might mean a bit of turbulence.' 

By the way, pilots are never worried about weather and especially not turbulence because they know it is safe. 

The weather rules':
  • It is either safe to take off despite the weather or we don't take off till it is safe. In other words, there are strict rules around when you can take off and when you can't. Thundercloud overhead, we wait for it to pass. Rain, we can take off. Cross winds we take off if they are within our legal limits. If too much wind coming across the runway above our legal limits, we wait.  This is a simple way to look at it but that is it in a nutshell
  • The same rules apply to landing. It is safe to land or it isn't.  If it isn't, we can wait for a while. Still not great, divert to somewhere else.  Yes, we do have enough fuel to do that... it is all part of the planning before we even take off.
  • Once we get above the clouds, we are above the weather. No matter how rubbish weather is near the ground, above the clouds it is sunshine all the way.
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Recent courses:
We have just run a couple of great courses at Manchester and Birmingham.  Here is a bit of feedback from both:

Manchester July 2017
Having not stepped foot on a plane for 16 years, I really didn’t think that I ever would again. I hated the entire experience on the few flights that I had been on when I was younger.
However, my husband and son wanted to go to Florida, and I decided to book the holiday, and booked my place on the FWF course the same day. I decided that I really had to do something to try and overcome my fear, but was doubtful that anything ever could.

However, I was wrong. The Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear course was fantastic. Delivered in a common sense, humorous, yet thoroughly professional way, it covered all aspects of travelling by plane. We were given breathing exercises and coping mechanisms to help us deal with our individual fears and thoughts. The technical information given by the Pilot, and the general information given by the Cabin Crew gave a practical and accurate insight into the plane and airline training procedures.

I met some really lovely people on the course, and it was very reassuring to know that everyone there was attending to try and overcome their individual and personal fears in relation to flying.
The FWF team were amazing and obviously excellent at what they individually and collectively do. A special mention to Christian, our team leader who was brilliant. Friendly, professional, reassuring, and had no problem at all with answering as many questions as you could put to him. Thank you Christian!!!

This course has changed my life in the fact that I got on the flight yesterday, and although nervous, managed to practice the breathing and coping mechanisms to help me through. I felt as if I had actually enjoyed the flight, and found it to be fine. This was a amazing considering how I used to be on flights, you wouldn’t want me sitting next to you as a passenger.

So thank you so much to the FWF team, this course will change my life, and that of my family. Enabling us to go on the family holidays by plane that I haven’t felt able to do before. I wish I had done this course years ago!
With Many Thanks & Kindest Regards,
Mrs Celeste St

Birmingham July 2017
I attended the Birmingham course on July 23rd.  I would like to add my thanks for a great course. Please thank Karen for helping me on a one to one basis and Ralph for answering my questions all about take off! I would very much like to single out for praise the facilitator for my table,  James.  He was so calm and unfailingly kind and supportive throughout the whole process.  He was fantastic at explaining and stopping catastrophising whilst we endured the two hour delay at Birmingham airport and a bumpy take off. Although I didn’t love the flight I was able to put a lot of what I had learnt into practice and feel able to get on a plane again and definitely know that something has changed in my brain and acknowledge I am at the beginning of a journey and my phobia WILL improve every time I fly! It was such a relief to take off and not be sobbing with fear!
Thank you again for all your support.
Gill


By the way, this is the route that we took on flight tracker (thanks Chris Rolinson - team leader).  It looks like we didn't land but we did, that particular app didn't track below a certain height!

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I wonder how safe am I flying...

This was pointed out to us by Chris Rolinson (Chris what would we do without you?!)  It is a nice easy read on the BBC website.  Enjoy.

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Live Poll at Manchester Course

As people arrived on the 30th July Manchester course, we asked them to go onto their mobiles and answer the question, 'How did you fear start?'









And the top reasons came back as below. Interesting stuff?













Take care,
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear


Future Fear of Flying Courses

Adult Premium course with flight. 12th November 2017 Gatwick

Children course with flight. 12th November 2017 Gatwick (available to book soon)




 



 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog July 12th


Greetings

We are moving into the summer months which is always a very busy time for us. Coming up shortly, courses in Birmingham and Manchester. 

Last weekend we ran a children's experience day in the aircraft mock up area at Crawley Virgin Training Centre. We think it went well and we are considering how to run that course in the future. 

The same week, we received an email from someone who's work we have promoted in the past.  So, we thought we would do it again.  Charlotte wrote a book called 'Suzie goes on an aeroplane' aimed at helping nervous children to travel.  The amazing success that she has recently achieved is that an animation of this book will be on all Virgin flights to help nervous flying children.










Well done Charlotte!



Charlotte is also working on a male version of the story which is out shortly.  Good luck with your books.



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A great question by email:

Hello, I want to book on the 30July fear of flying course in Manchester. However, I am not flying with Virgin when I go on holiday and I don't want to leave the session scared of flying with any other airline or feeling disappointed that I'm not flying with virgin on this occasion. Can you advise how impartial this course is.
Thanks, Helen

Our Answer:
Our courses have been running for 20 years for Virgin.  The courses are crewed by a mixture of Virgin and non Virgin people and the whole day does feel very Virgin. However, and it is a big however, we exist to get people flying comfortably.  We do not mind who you fly with as we know that Virgin does not cater for every destination.  Everything we cover on the courses around safety are international standards that all airlines sign up to - that includes your low cost airlines too.

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From Airsafe.com via Chris Rolinson

Chris sent an email  to us from Airsafe.com. Chris is a team leader but also a previous nervous flyer.

Subject: Airline safety and security mid year review for 2017

The first six months of 2017 represents a milestone in the history of civil aviation. For the first time since 1959, there were no airline passenger fatalities involving large jet airliners during the first six months of the year.
AirSafe.com tracks a number of events and issues related to airline safety and security, with a particular interest in passenger deaths on large jet airliners and certain models turboprop-driven airliners that both have a capacity to carry 10 or more passengers and that have been certified to fly in the US.
When looking at this broader class of aircraft, there were still no events in the first half of 2017 that led to a passenger death, a situation that has never happened before in the 22 years that AirSafe.com has tracked such statistics.

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Best wishes,

Paul & Richard

Future Courses
PREMIUM: Birmingham 23rd July; Manchester 30th July; Gatwick 12th Nov.
GROUND: Norwich 6th August.
Kids (6-12): tbc

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Flying without fear blog June 2017

Welcome to today's blog.

Since we last wrote, we have run a fabulous course at Birmingham.  Here is the route we took on the flight at the end of the course. We always get asked, 'Where are we flying to today?' and we feel a bit rude saying, '...well basically, Birmingham to Birmingham!''

So, this is the actual route we took on our last Birmingham course to give you a bit of an idea of how things work.  This is narrated all the way by one of our pilots.
Credit:  Chris Rolinson, former nervous flyer and now proud course team leader












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New Stuff

New ground course launched at Norwich International Aviation Academy.  6th August, we are running a ground course with a difference.  Working in partnership with the Aviation Skills Partnership, we are running a course at their lovely new aviation academy in Norwich AND we will have use of an operational but grounded 737.  Same amazing price as other ground courses and if this goes well, we hope to run some more.












New style children's course running in Gatwick area at Virgin Atlantic Training Centre.  This is running on Saturday 8th July AM.  It will be more of a hands on experience for the young people following feedback from previous children courses we have run...










Paul Tizzard, Co Founder, flew to DOHA last month to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to talk fear of flying.  The room was packed with 300 aviation professionals and safety trainers from airlines all over the world.  We hope that the fear of flying treatments available will be offered by other airlines that currently don't run courses.

The essence of the talk was around encouraging cabin crew and pilots to speak more. The talk was called, 'When less isn't more.'  Nervous flyers want more chat from the pilots and crew as to what is happening. The talk was focussed on around getting the balance right as some people (non nervous) don't want any talking from the flight deck - they just want to get some sleep. It is always a balance.

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Terrorism

Recently, in the UK (and of course around the world) there has been a spate of terrorist incidents.  It goes without saying, these are awful events for all the victims and families affected.  We know that a lot of people that come onto our courses, also have a fear of terrorism.  What do we say about this on our courses?

None of us are 100% safe from terrorism.  The security services have to get it right every time to prevent or catch these perpetrators.  The terrorist only has to get it right once to be successful.  As you know, terrorist incidents are about disruption.  They need 'easy wins' to get their atrocities in the media. For that reason, terrorists tend to go for maximum impact but 'softer' targets. They want to get in and see the terrible act through. 

Commercial Aviation has tons of things in place to make sure we are not a 'soft' target.  There are many things that we can talk about on our courses to reassure people. There are many things we cannot talk about in terms of safety measures in place. Most you will never know about. And, of course, there is lots more going on in the background that none of us know about.
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Future courses
PREMIUM: Birmingham 23rd July; Manchester 30th July.
GROUND: Norwich 6th August.
Kids (6-12): Gatwick 8th July


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Humour:

We use humour on our courses. Why?  If people feel reassured by our credibility from 20 years of running courses but we also make them laugh a bit, it helps the brain learn more effectively... (Education theory over!)  Occasionally, just occasionally, we accidentally offend someone. We never intend to of course.  We keep our courses light hearted and maybe a little quirky cos we are a Virgin course.  Would you expect anything else?  Also, we treat all of our guests as normal people with a fear.  Everyone that attends our courses is intelligent and manages a full life - they just happen to have a fear of flying.

Having said that, do not follow this link if you are easily offended
Or this link either as contains some swearing!  .Why you can't use your phone humour 
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Best wishes,

Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear

Monday, 15 May 2017

Flying Without Fear Blog May 2017

A question that we get asked a lot by the media is, 'How many people actually fear flying?'

So, we have put together some data from various sources over the years. Plus, we will explore some very recent research around fear of flying too. 

How many people have a fear of flying?

1980. 1 in 4  adult Americans  (Dean & Whitaker. Boeing)
2001. 1 in 5 US. (Gallup)
2012.  30% of UK population (H.J. Guninski, Cranfield University)
2014.  US 1 in 3.  UK 1 in 4.  (YouGov)

In February 2017, YouGov (UK) ran a poll with aviophobes and this is what those people thought about flying.

57% of those with fear of flying, will still fly.  However, 81% of the nervous flyers would NOT consider a fear of flying course.  We guess that they fly but under duress?

26% believe the safest seat is an aisle seat
20% believe the safest seat is at the back of the aircraft
46% believe no part of the plane is safe!

When asked, who do they perceive is the safest airline...

38% said British Airways
24% said Virgin Atlantic
Whereas, only 5% thought Ryanair were the safest despite the airline having a faultless safety record. (It is perception because people believe lower prices = less safety)










Top 3 aspects of flying people are afraid of:

68% Technical failure
61% Turbulence
56% Bad weather while flying
Only 38% said terrorism.

Also, more people fear take off than landing. Why?  Landing = ALIVE!

We hope that you found these interesting?

Best wishes,
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear

Future Course Dates

PREMIUM: Birmingham 28th May; Manchester 30th July
GROUND: Heathrow 25th June
Kids (6-12): Gatwick 8th July (New style course launched)



One of our flying without fear courses in action