Fear of Flying ? 'Get cured for take-off'
On a cross country trip in April I experienced an anxiety attack while flying with a colleague, and had to make an unscheduled landing. I have never experienced anything like this before.I have made a dozen flights since this occurrence, with a safety pilot, and still can't get comfortable. No further episodes but a general uneasy feeling. I am able to fly the airplane well and have never struggled with my flying ability. Since flying is such an important facet of my life, I feel a great loss.
Did you know that almost 25% of people have at least some fear of flying, while about 1 in 10 people have a phobia of flying.* So you’re not alone. What’s more, often the biggest hurdle is confronting the matter in the first place, so by simply visiting this website you’ve taken the first step towards overcoming your fear.
As an aspiring pilot it is important to embrace your fear of flight at an early stage so you can do something about it because when you fly solo or alone in future you may find it very tough, below I've listed some known remedies that help.
What you must do to overcome your fear of flying.
- Have an objective, aim or defined outcome to work towards. - Tell yourself that on my next flying lesson or flight I wont think of whatever makes my fear build up.
- Clear your mind of doubts. - As a pilot you shouldn't have any doubts anyway as you should know how the aircraft flies but if this is the case always make sure you make all your decisions and actions in high confidence.
- Ask your instructor or Captain questions - As you take on your journey to being a pilot always ask questions when you are not sure what happens or how it happens this will help put you at ease.
- Develop and practice thought stopping techniques.
- Develop and practice muscle relaxation techniques. - Always be relaxed and at ease when you're in the cockpit , familiarize yourself with the place and feel at home.
- Expose yourself gradually to the things you fear. - Weather is slow flying , flying at night or even the go around procedure , expose yourself to the activity that builds your fear the most.
- Learn to accept some level of anxiety.
- Keep a progress report of your achievements. - Keep an action plan in place that show how you've progressed over a period of time ad where possible consult a medical professional or your instructor.
- Don't pay attention to the press. - Newspapers, news outlets and radios will always release outrageous and over exaggerated events of an air accident , don't let this bother you. As a pilot part of your job is to stop these things from happening anyway.