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.