Flying Without Fear Course
Flying Without Fear Course
We start promptly with an introduction from the Course Director and Co-Founder of this course. Richard attends every course to make sure everything goes to plan for your day. We then ask you to tell us the things that you’d like to know, in your tables of ten people. Your table team leader will write down all of your questions ready to be collected in. These questions are then pooled together and given to your speakers for the rest of the day which is how we know what to cover during the course. This makes every course unique as people have different reasons for their fears.
Our PilotsOur current Virgin Atlantic pilots take the lion’s share of the first half of the course. They are extremely knowledgeable, empathetic and highly trained. This is your chance to hear the real facts from real experts. This session is to give you knowledge. With knowledge you gain understanding and therefore, feel that you have control. When you understand something it no longer has control over you.
Some of the topics covered during the pilot’s talk:
- How an aircraft flies
- How such a heavy thing stays up there!
- Why Turbulence is totally safe
- What the pilots are trained in
- What the pilots would do if there was an engine failure
- What all the noises are on board
- Stages of the flight with full explanation of noises and movement
- What are the airlines doing about Terrorism
- Why nothing is ever left to chance
Our course is not run in a ‘chalk and talk’ style manner. It’s open, friendly and you’ll find it’s peppered with questions from you, which the pilots willingly answer.
Our Cabin Crew
Our Senior Safety trainers run a short session on what the Cabin Crew are trained in. Amongst other things, they will talk about why, despite aircraft being so safe, there is always a safety briefing, how highly trained they are for anything medical, and what can be done to make you feel more comfortable onboard. This session was created as a result of customer feedback over the years. They wanted to know what are the crew actually trained in. Our speaker will take you through all the different parts of the training and which parts are the same and which are different between airlines. You will be amazed at how much the cabin crew have to know about flight safety procedures, medical emergencies, restraint techniques, human factors, security…
The next session is led by one of our select few psychologists/therapists and covers:
- How fear is learned
- How to recognise your current fear patterns
- Techniques/tools/ideas from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Thought Field Therapy and Mindfulness to help you interrupt the old fear patterns and re-train yourself to think and feel differently about flying
He/she will take you through some practical strategies to help you with your fear of flying phobia, claustrophobia and any other flying related fears that you may have. We use between 10-15 different psychological techniques and tips as we know it is important to offer a range of different tools and ideas. This means that you can find the 1 or 2 best techniques that work for you. We have not listed everything we do on the course as we are always on the look out for different techniques and ideas – basically, if it helps nervous flyers, we will introduce it.
Straight from the psych-educational sessions, we head out to take our short flight. The aircraft will be a commercial jet that can operate from the airport that your course is run from. These will be a mixture of Virgin and third party partners. (we want you to feel confident flying with anyone within the developed world and every airline in the UK operates to same safety standards) This part of the day gives you a chance to ‘update’ yourself about the flying experience. You will be amazed at how different you are going to feel. We will be with you all of the day including the flight. With plenty of staff around, support is never far away if you need it. During the flight, one of the pilots will give you a full commentary of what is happening at every stage of the flight. Every noise and every movement will be fully explained. This is how you ‘update’ yourself. In actual time, you can decide once and for all, ‘Do I rely on the weird feelings in my stomach or what the professional pilot has just told me over the commentary?!’ Remember with knowledge, you gain understanding and therefore feel that you have control. In fact, you will know so much about aircraft noises and movement that you will be able help other nervous passengers in the future or indeed bore everyone you know!
This is also the part of the course where you can bring a friend or companion with you for support. This is the ‘flight only’ option costing £100 + VAT.
We have a 98+% success rate with our courses. This is measured in two ways. One is the number of people that board the aircraft. The second measure is that we use evaluation forms for our clients to self-monitor how they feel before the course about flying and then again at the end. We look for a shift in ‘how they feel.’ We have measured this many many times and consistently we are around the 98% – sometimes a 100%*.
* This measure we keep records of and we pick half the courses at random per year to assess – the team never know which course will be evaluated until the day.
After your flight, we return to the conference room for our closing session and to see if there are any further questions that you would like answered. We give out certificates endorsed by Richard Branson and signed by your table team leader. We also give you a free CD and booklet that previous clients have been known to take on all future flights with them. We don’t leave until you are happy and have any further questions answered.
We always serve a hot meal and frequent refreshment breaks because we know it is important that your needs are catered for whilst in our care. This goes a long way to helping you feel relaxed and secure enough to get the full benefit of our expert team.