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Flying Without Fear July Blog

Hello and welcome to July flying without fear blog

It is this time of year that many people are heading off on well deserved holidays. It is also a time of great dread for many of them - judging by the emails that we receive.

As we have always said on our courses, not liking flying is okay.  But when the not liking turns into a fear that stops you doing things, then it is a problem.  Not being able to fly robs you of choices to travel how you choose.  Many people on the flying without fear team choose to not travel by flight often.  It is not because they secretly have a fear of flying, it is about convenience or choice.  For example, most Cabin Crew spend so much time in the air, that it is not unusual for them to want to holiday in their home country!  The difference is that they are choosing to fly or not fly for reasons other than fear.  

Travel gives you the opportunity to experience the new and to get deliberately uncomfortable.  To experience cultures that are different and provided we stay curious, give us a different way to look at the world. This is priceless.  We cannot encourage you enough to keep fighting the fear.  Do not let it make the choices for you.  You do not have to like flying to know it is safe.  It is just a mode of transport, a very safe mode but transport all the same.  Flying is just a means of getting from A - B.

Sometimes, we find the familiar amongst the unfamiliar... A picture taken by one of the team as they came through arrivals, Moscow Airport.

Take care,

The flying without fear team

Flying Without Fear June Blog

Welcome to the June 2019 flying without fear blog


We may not be running courses at the moment, but we are still here. If you have questions, please email us and we will get back to you with an answer. info@flyingwithoutfear.info  


Thanks by email this week



I hope you don't mind me emailing you but I just had to give you an update 10 years on from attending your course at Manchester Airport on 26th March 2009.

I have just been telling a friend about your Flying without Fear course as her 13 year old son is struggling with an upcoming flight to Australia.  To this day 10 years on I still rave about my day and how much you all helped me overcome my fear. I find myself telling anyone who has a fear and encouraging them to book on. It really is the best money I've ever spent!  

Following the course I continued to do short haul flights but without the fear and trauma that I'd previously had. Holidays became a joy instead of the terror and actual nightmares I would have leading up to the flight and during it. It totally changed my life and holidays became something to look forward to.


What I really to tell you is that last week I returned from a 10 day trip to the Maldives. Shortly after arriving on the island I realised that many years ago my journey would have been impossible.  I could never have actually believed it would happen as I could never have faced the long flights needed to get there (three in total including a seaplane). Such is my complacency with flying now actually it took me a couple of days to realise that prior to attending the course I would not have even entertained the idea.


Whilst telling my friend about the course I attempted to find my feedback that I left and was so pleased to find it in the Manchester Airport section for 2009. I was shocked and very emotional to find that I had even referred to a trip to the Maldives in my feedback. Well I wanted to say thank you again, ten years on for helping to make my dream come true – one more ticked of the bucket list!


Here is my feedback that I left all those years ago:

To the many staff who were present on 26.3.09,

I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all, especially Shane - Team Leader, for giving up your own time, hope you had a great time in New York with your brother (sorry I didn't get to say thank you in person at the end, hope you caught your last train home) the commitment and enthusiasm you all gave throughout the day was priceless!!!

I had a wonderful day and was shocked at the number of people booked on the course, it was a comfort to know so many other people have the same fears.

The day was extremely informative, especially the talk from Captain Steve, he managed to dispel all my fears of flying!!!!

By the time it came to boarding I felt so relaxed with no signs of the usual tears, shortness of breath and shear panic. I absolutely loved the flight. After 15 years of terror (after what I thought was a near miss - I now know it was a perfectly safe manoeuvre) it felt amazing to enjoy a flight - I even sat on my own at the back of the plane coming into land!!!

I can't wait to go on holiday in August and look forward to exploring the world and going to see friends who have emigrated...Maldives here I come (when I've saved up)

Thanks again to those involved!!!!!!!  

Many thanks again……


Paula Gle....

Another one...


I came on your course in November 2017 after 28 years of not flying due to my fear. I was even too scared to commit to the course. I was very thankful I get a cancellation on the course 24 hours before it started. 

This course has changed my life!! My husband said it's drained his wallet. Since that course I have flown to Edinburgh, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome and I am sending you this from Cannes!! Thank you so much for enabling me to do this. Next year I am planning to visit the USA!! I recommend the course to everyone I possibly can. 

Thank you again




Our mission has been the same since Paul Tizzard, Norman Lees and David Landau started the courses in 1996... to help people to get flying.  Here is a picture that takes us back.  Danny La Rue when he joined one of our early ground based courses to help out.  In the picture, stood with Cabin Crew Trainer Alan Evans.




Take care,


Flying Without Fear Team


Flying Without Fear May Blog

Hello and welcome to the May 2019 flying without fear blog.

Fear can seem insurmountable at times. It can feel like it is almost impossible to beat it.  It can seem just so big, strong and fixed...It can feel hard to know where to start....  Can you relate to that?

Howard Cooper, one of the many amazing speakers that has worked on our fear of flying programme over the years, described it like a rope.  We always thought that this was a very descriptive and helpful way to describe how fear gets a hold.

A rope is strong.  If you try to break a rope, it is not that easy.  No-one is really that strong.

However, when you actually look at a rope, it is made up of lots of mini ropes.  If you were to take the mini ropes apart, thread by thread, you would eventually be able to break the rope.  

Fear is a bit like that.  It feels so strong, it is hard to know where to start.  The trick is to start.  Start by picking at the fear one strand at a time.


Compare these two approaches:

  • Approach 1
You don't like flying. You cannot bear the thought of it. But sometimes, you just have to take a flight.  You believe that if you just keep going on flights and not do anything else, eventually the fear will be broken. However, each time you fly, the fear gets worse.  So, in fact, using the rope analogy, you are adding another strand of mini rope to the already super strong rope.

Approach 2

Accept the fact that you have a fear of flying.  Give yourself permission to take your time to beat the fear. Do lots of tiny things every week towards beating the fear because  you know that, little by little, you will eventually break the fear.  Do not watch those programmes about air crashes or incidents as you know that these are the same as making the rope thicker and stronger.

Perhaps you can see what you do?  Please consider approach 2 when dealing with your fears....beating a fear is a process that takes a different amount of time for each person.

Take care, 
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear Programme