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Flying Without Fear [Paperback]

Captain Keith Godfrey
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6 Aug 2007
Nervous flyer? Want to be more relaxed next time you fly? Then Captain Keith Godfrey welcomes you on board and takes you through everything that happens from take-off to touchdown in a simple but informative way. In a non-technical but candid style the author answers many of the questions that trouble nervous flyers. Over 250 questions are answered in a way that will inform and entertain the reader. Have you ever wanted to know, for example: What is turbulence? Why are there so many unusual noises? What is fuel dumping? Why are there so many warning lights on the flight deck? Are things always going wrong? How does an aircraft stay up? Why do they put on flaps at take-off and landing? What happens if an engine stops? Why are there so many delays when it’s foggy? How do you know what height to climb to? How good are Air Traffic Controllers? Why do the crew tell me what to do in an ‘emergency’ if they almost never happen?

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954282809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954282806
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Designed to give anyone with a fear of flying the confidence to overcome their nerves.' -- Life supplement to Blackpool Gazette, June 2008

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Diazepam 6 Dec 2003
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for the last 8 years (since the birth of my child) I have been petrified of flying. Every year I trotted off to my GP for 10 little yellow pills as these were the only way I was getting on an aeroplane. I was so envious of my husband who would watch the film, sleep, eat, read and chat with our daughter whilst I sat there (even with the aid of the pills!) in petrified silence. I have no idea where the fear came from, I have been flying since 1978. I read the reviews of the book and they were all really positive so purchased a copy. Best decision of 2003, I flew all the way to Cyprus and back with no pills or alcohol and even enjoyed the flight! So a great BIG THANK YOU.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, helped me a lot 22 Mar 2005
After reading this book, I've just completed 11 flights in the last 6 weeks, after 2 years of not being able to fly at all. The ONLY thing I did was read and re-read "Flying Without Fear", and it worked.
When I first flew, I never had a problem and loved it. Gradually after many flights I became more and more uncontrollably anxious during flights despite not having any genuinely bad experiences on board - instead I convinced myself that the normal behaviour of the aircraft - banking, turbulence, noises, levelling out etc was cause for me to get very stressed and let my imagination run riot. One day I could take no more, and re-arranged travel plans for 2 years to avoid getting on an aircraft.
With encouragement from my girlfriend, I found this book and bought it as preparation for a full fear of flying course. I never needed it, the book did the trick.
You may find this book doesn't completely cure you, but I guarantee you will find it helps a lot, and is worth many times more than the cost of the book.
I found that reading it at least 3 times before flying again really helped enormously, as I was able to instantly recall the real facts about all the things that had worried me before, rather than guessing and worrying about what it might be - things like the sensations, the noises and the behaviour of the aircraft could all be explained logically to myself from what I had read in the book. Also it is really important to take the book on the plane and have it on your lap before you take off, so you can instantly refer to it, and re-read relevant sections as you are experiencing the flight. This helps so much. If you are embarrassed about it, as I was, simply have it face down and open it from the back cover instead, or hold it inside another book or magazine.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear conquered! 10 Jan 2006
This book is excellent. I have flown all more life initially without a problem but became gradually more and more anxious, until I was absolutely terrified and spent flights having panic attacks and in tears. After reading this book I have now flown to Europe, the US, and Africa (even in 4 seater planes round Kenya!) without a problem. I even take it with me on the plane to read if I start to feel a bit anxious. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE CHANGING BOOK 23 Sep 2003
Three years ago I flew to Spain, but only with the aid of three Diazepam and quarter of a bottle of champagne (Be frightened in style I say!). I took these measures following a humiliating flight to Paris for my tenth wedding anniversary, in which I cried when the stewardess asked if I wanted milk in my coffee. No, I do not have an additional milk phobia, I was just so paralysed with the fear of flying thatI was unable to speak properly. Her 'humourous' "iz zat a deeficult kestion for you?", tipped me over the edge.
I announced to my husband earlier this year that I was going to conquer my fear of flying, before our planned trip to Corfu in August. He supportively said "Oh yeah! How are you going to do that then?!"
For me the gauntlet had been thrown down.
I chose 'Flying without Fear' because I couldn't really justify 600 for the weekend course at Heathrow, that I would have loved ("You could get a couple of flights to Italy for that much", my husband quipped!).
This year having read Captain Godfrey's wonderful book, I flew to Corfu without the help of any kind of drug. I was fine! I found myself explaining all about flaps and aerodynamics to my children. A great experience for us all, as I have never sat with them on a plane. Previously I had been fearful of transmitting my phobia to them.
On our return flight, it was too hot to fly straight home to Bournemouth. We had to make an unscheduled stop in Italy to refuel. That meant two take-offs and two landings. Before 'the book' this would have killed me, but I had no problem.
Since returning, about a month ago, I have booked flights for the whole family to go to Florida, next June. This is something I could never have done before, not a nine hour flight!
I would seriously recommend this book to anyone with a true terror of flying, as I had, though my fearless husband read it because it is a 'good read'. Captain Godfrey has changed my life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life! 9 July 2005
I felt I was the most nervous flyer of all time. Fear used to build in me two weeks before my flight and I would sit in the seat with sweat trickling down my back, eyes fixed and white knuckles from holding on to the seat! I bought the book and read it - totally amazing!! It provides common sense about flying, expelling the myths that have been built up about aviation and above all gives you confidence about the saftey of flight. For fathers day this year I had an hours flying lesson in which I took the controls of a small aircraft - incredible! This book has changed me from a nervous wreck who was close to tears on every flight to a man who is training to become a pilot. Buy the book, it will really change your views on flying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intresting!!
bought this book to basically find out questions I've always wanted asking as im a very nervous passenger and suffer with anxiety found it to be really helpful I've not yet flown... Read more
Published 4 months ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I bought this
I read the reviews of this and never thought it would work as I was always crying my way through a flight- even with prescribed medication. Read more
Published 13 months ago by NLDL
5.0 out of 5 stars If your scared of flying you should read this
I've always been scared of flying from a very young age but this book has changed my perception on flying. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss A L Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Very pleased with my book flying without fear it helped me getting on a plane would recommend to friends and family.
Published 16 months ago by Gillian Flelllo
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying Without Fear
This booked helped me quite a lot and managed to conquer some of the anxieties associated with flying - would recommend it
Published 18 months ago by Sue Izzard
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help to the anxious flyer!
I bought this book in an effort to help with my rising panic about an upcoming long haul flight. I found the book very helpful and whilst I didn't enjoy all of the flight I... Read more
Published 21 months ago by KatieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Keith - You're my Hero!!
I have been flying for many years - since I was around 3 years old - I am now 27 and cannot ever remember being afraid of flying until I was around 19/20. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by LDW024
1.0 out of 5 stars Dr Alison Smith is not one for the fearful flyer
As the partner of a fearful flyer, I felt confident that this book would help. However, while captain Keith Godfrey's insight into how a plane works was insightful and clearly put,... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book gives details of the usually unknown world of flying; from the airport to the flight itself. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by BP3
5.0 out of 5 stars It helped a great deal along with other things
I developed a fear of flying in 2003 when I had a bad flight, a young man travelling with us had a terrible panic attack on the plane journey for several hours. Read more
Published on 4 May 2011 by mumu
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