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Flying Without Fear Paperback – 6 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954282809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954282806
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,915 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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By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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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By A Customer on 21 July 2005
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I have been a nervous flyer for as long as I can remember - always fearing that the engines of the plane would fail mid-flight or that turbulence would cause the plane to crash. Normally I would endure these fears for the duration of a flight which up until my recent trip to Florida was only 4 hours at the absolute maximum however I felt that for an 8 hour flight I would need to do something before hand to settle my nerves. By page 5 of Keith Godfrey's 'Flying Without Fear' I was already feeling much better about enduring an 8 hour flight and by the end of the book I could even say that I was actually not that worried at all about getting onto an aircraft. Keith Godfrey covered every fear I had about getting into an aircraft and explains the workings of a plane in simple and easy to understand terms with a little humor with some amusing drawings thrown in. I was so relived that someone who knew all about planes and had worked with them for years had written a book in a non patronizing yet sympathetic way. I now finally know that turbulence does not affect an aircraft at all and that all of the sinking feelings you experience on a plane are normal and not at all a sign that the plane is about to plummet to the earth! I really don't think that I would have survived an 8 hour flight without this book as it is easy to refer to while on the plane if you need a little re-assurance. I feel that due to this marvelous book I can now go to places I would have never dreamed of going to before due to the amount of time I would have to spend on a plane. I never thought that I could like flying but now that all my fears are at rest I can honestly say that my 8 hours on the flight to Florida was an altogether enjoyable experience. Buy this book if your fear of flying is stopping you going on the holiday of your dreams I can't recommend it enough.
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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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