Four stages of fear of flying

Stage 1

The first stage of learning to face your fear is to understand why fears develop, what unhelpful thoughts drive your fear and how your body responds to fear.  Knowing this provides you with the information you need to begin to address your fear.

Stage 2

Another important part of reducing your fear of flying is to understand more about how planes work. An education session provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the design, construction and processes in place to maintain flight safety. This information can help you to challenge your unhelpful and often irrational thoughts about plane safety.

Stage 3

The third stage of the Fear of Flying course provide strategies to challenge your fearful thoughts, manage your emotional reactions, and prepare for a flight. These techniques are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles and you will be encouraged to practise these techniques regularly for best outcomes.

Stage 4

The final step in the program is to spend time in a flight simulator, exposing you to the specific scenarios that they may be fearful. This may include take offs, turbulence and or landing scenarios. Practising real life scenarios provides you with an opportunity to build your confidence to be able to fly more freely. This exposure to real life scenarios also helps you to recalibrate your fear system; the principle being that the more you expose yourself to feared situations where nothing actually bad happens, the less worried you become.