How to help keep your kids from being afraid of flying… While many flyers are concerned about their own fear of flying, others worry about influencing or projecting their fear onto their children. It can be a delicate balancing act when you try to put on a brave face for your kids, when inside feel […]
New Parents and a Sudden Fear of Flying
How becoming a parent can influence or even result in a fear of flying… Becoming a parent is perhaps one of the most wonderful and transformative experiences that a person can have in their lifetime. So much of the transformation is positive, but when you become a new mom or dad, there are some strings […]
Is it Safe to Fly When it’s Really Hot Outside?
Can your plane take the heat? Is it safe to fly when it’s really hot outside? With record or near-record temps becoming more common, there’s been a lot of media coverage about flights that are cancelled due to the extreme heat. Why do these flights get cancelled? Are the flights that don’t get cancelled less […]
How Does the Plane Stop So Quickly?
Slamming on the Brakes… How are pilots able to bring the airplane to a stop after landing? How is it possible to get an airplane that weighs almost a hundred tons to slow down from over 170 miles per hour to a mere crawl in such a short distance after landing? Why doesn’t the plane […]
Fatigue and Anxiety
Anxiety can be tough enough to handle on its own, but there are a range of contributing factors that can make coping even more difficult. For example, diet, rest, and exercise (or a lack thereof) can all put stress on your body and mind. However, the experience of flying can exacerbate your anxiety by taxing […]
Where’s the Best Place to Sit on a Plane?
Many people who are afraid of flying are looking for tips that they can use to make the flight less uncomfortable. This quest often leads to the question of, It’s a very fair question, with a somewhat complicated answer. Fortunately, we can simplify things and give you a solution that you can apply to pretty […]
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Speak up, the pilots and flight attendants are there to help! Over the years, I’ve come across so many wonderful people who happen to struggle with anxiety when it comes to flying. These individuals come from all walks of life, and despite the fact that the vast majority happen to be strong, intelligent, confident, and […]
Simple, Basic Fear of Flying Tips…
A few tips to help you on your journey… Don’t Hide Your Fear There is no reason to hide your fear. Feel free to mention it to the flight attendants and even ask if you can go up to the cockpit and visit with the pilots. As an airline pilot myself, I can tell you […]
Fear of Flying Contributing Factors
The fear of flying that many people experience can be activated or amplified by a variety of factors (approximately 20% of the US population admits to having some kind of fear or anxiety of flying). After all, flying is not a very natural act. People were not born with wings, and while we are all […]