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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091947855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091947859
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A practical guide to overcoming your fear of flying by top flying experts from British Airways' Flying with Confidence course.

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Does the thought of flying fill you with dread?

If so, this book could change your life.

Written by top flying experts from British Airways’ ‘Flying with Confidence’ course, this reassuring guide explains everything you need to know about air travel alongside techniques for feeling confident and in control from take off to landing.

- Takes the terror out of common flight fears

- Includes proven techniques for controlling anxiety, claustrophobia and panic

- Will help you feel safe, calm and secure when you next take to the skies

The British Airways ‘Flying with Confidence’ course has been running for over 25 years, helping thousands of people conquer their fears of flying.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 27 Mar. 2013
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It has always intrigued me how how even the most intelligent, logical, rational person with all the facts and statistics at their disposal may suffer at the hands of a delibitating phobia that prevents them from living their life to it's full potential. From high profile sportsmen like Dennis Bergkamp to fictional hard men like BA Baracus the world is rife of examples of people that excel in their field only to find that a phobia like fear of flying manipulates their life cutting them off from new opportunities and experiences.

So what do you do? Basically you have 2 choices you either surrender to your phobia (or "imp" as referred to in the book) and allow it to prevent you from that job opportunity in Hong Kong or that visit to see your daughter in Australia, or, you take action; first by ackowledging that it could happen to anyone at any time, it's not something to be ashamed of but you're not going to let it control you, you're going to beat it!

This book I believe in the answer, it's not written in the style of a fluffy Care Bear, instead it's humourous, insightful, interesting and above all practical. Both the aerodynamics and pyscological sections are written in straightforward layman terms at a level that is neither condesending nor dumbed down. It will arm you with the tools required to conquor your phobia be it flying or spiders (as the skills are transferable) or it will help you understand what a family member, friend or colleague may be going through. I've learnt so much from it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Neil Cross on 19 April 2013
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I must admit I was more than a little sceptical when a friend recommended this book to me. I've read similar books in the past, and they never really helped much, but my friend (who had been on the British Airways course) spoke so highly of it, I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did. Somewhat to my surprise, the information contained in this book has made a big difference to my attitude to flying.

I've always had a mild phobia about flying. I never allowed it to ruin my life (I need to fly on a regular basis for my job), but it was bad enough to make the whole experience of flying extremely unpleasant. If I knew I was going to be flying anywhere, I would dread it for weeks in advance, and then the experience itself would always be something of an ordeal, to put it mildly - so I thought it must be worth a small investment in time and money to try and put it right.

The first part of the book is by a pilot (Capt. Allright - what an appropriate name!) and goes into some detail about the whole mechanics of flight: lift, thrust, drag, weight, ailerons, wing flaps etc. It also dispels some commonly held fears (e.g. the weight of the passengers and their luggage is only a small percentage of the overall weight of the plane, so there's no need to worry about a few bottles of duty free!). Being an analytical sort of person, this practical approach really appealed to me.

Having read the first section and found it very useful, I was tempted to skip the second section, which deals with the psychological aspects of fear of flying and other phobias, but when I began reading it I actually found it quite fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M4Q on 11 July 2014
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Nice and non-preachy book. It could overlap into other areas of life that also cause anxiety. I used to fly regularly, and from nowhere I found anxiety and was grounded 20+ years. I'll be realistic about the objective and say simply this - if you want to change and fly, you're half way there - this book will add the difference to actually go and do it! Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dedee on 28 Mar. 2013
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The combination of experienced pilot and psychologist is an ideal start for a guide to reducing one's fear of flying. The first section of the book deals with all the technical aspects of flying, reassuring the reader from the perspective of what training the flight crew have undertaken, what emergencies they are trained to handle, poor weather conditions as well as a typical flight. Through gaining a broader understanding of the process one feels quietly reassured. The second section covers the psychological aspect of flying phobia. It gives a general overview on phobias and fears and what is happening in your brain and then gives very sensible advice on techniques for helping to deal with the fear and take control. A first class self-help guide that genuinely has the ability to enable you to become more confident when flying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brown Rabbit on 28 Aug. 2013
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I am (WAS!) big time phobic about flying. I avoided holidays abroad for 7 years as the fear in previous flights was so debilitating and desperate, which got worse and worse each time I flew. I can't even begin to describe how I suffered in the months leading up to previous flights, lost weight, didn't sleep, had a bad stomach, panics attacks and basically full blown massive fear responses day after day. I 'got through' those previous flights, but in a state of anxiety that is hard to describe, including crying, not being able to talk, hyperventilating...(you get the idea). This year I agreed with my family that a 2 week holiday could be booked which needed a 2 hour 40 minute flight to get there; for months I went into denial and stuck my head in the sand and then a few weeks before the flight I bought this book.It helped, it really did. I have flown to the destination and flown back and definitely used some of the skills taught in the book.

It wasn't a breeze (some people have had a far more sudden life-changing response to the book), I'll be honest, it took some will power on my part, but during the flight I was able to remind myself of all the information I was given in the first section. By replaying the information e.g. about turbulence, I did lose much of the fear of it. I think the first section was of most use to me, understanding the feelings, engine noise changes, checks and safety of the plane. I did try and use the methods in the second section, but I'm not sure I focused on them as well as I should have done, I think I would improve on that with time/another flight. I haven't given 5 stars because I think for me personally I need to have regular flights to practice and reinforce the things I've read and the good experience I had this time. I actually discovered that I enjoyed the landings !! (which I never thought I would say)
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