Fear of Flying – Taking Therapy to the Skies

According to the Air Transportation Association of America, nearly 3 million passengers fly worldwide everyday. Of those, thereloadershouse one in three will have a fear of flying. Author Rich Presta knows all about this fear from his own experiences. That’s why he’s taking the therapy to the skies.

He’s worked with a lot of health care professionals, as well as clinical psychologists to develop his ‘Take Off Today’ programme. Not only has he talked to experts in the mental health care field. He’s also discussed the subject with aircraft mechanics, flight attendants and air traffic controllers. ammunitionscenter

Add to this commercial airline pilots, most especially Jeffrey Skiles, the pilot of Flight 1549 who was forced to ditch his aircraft in the Hudson river in January 2009 when both engines malfunctioned. Skiles admits to a fear of flying after that, but not for long.

In a statement to Presta, he said; “No-one had more reason to be afraid of flying than I did — I was back in the cockpit only a few weeks later without even a twinge of fear, because I knew what flying was all about.” บาคาร่าออนไลน์

There appear to be two main reasons why people are so afraid of flying. Firstly, they don’t understand how planes fly, and secondly they don’t trust themselves or their ability to handle their own anxiety and fear once they’re on board. It seems that the biggest fear of all is that the aircraft is simply going to fall out of the sky.

Now, I must admit to suffering the same fear myself. Not, thank goodness, to the point of losing control, but my stomach’s done more than its share of cartwheels on occasion. The one thing that prevents what would be a most unfortunate state of affairs is the law of physics. oros.store

To put it in its simplest form, if the old bus can stagger off the runway and become airborne, why in the world would it suddenly fall down again? Unless Chicken Little’s fears were right after all, and the sky actually was falling!

Flippancy aside, if you look at an aircraft from the side, you’ll note that the wing, far from running straight across, parallel to the fuselage, the front part, (leading edge), is canted up at an angle. In this position, as it passes through the air, it pushes lots of air downwards and so creates lift. There’s a heck of a lot more to it than that, but that does explain in the most basic way why an aircraft simply can’t drop out of the sky. I believe that Newton’s First and Third Laws of Motion come into effect here. skywings

So next time you have to fly off somewhere, instead of sitting in the lounge, bathed in sweat and gibbering in terror, look out of the window and see if you can find an aircraft that’s side on to you. Then see if you can make out the shape of the wing. You’ll notice that it has more of a curve on top than beneath and having seen that, you may breath a sigh of relief that the designers knew what they were doing. Lots and lots of lovely air will be flowing under the wing, thus keeping your aircraft aloft. affluentwords

If that doesn’t work, look at the statistics. Thirty years ago, one fatal accident occurred for every 140 million miles flown. Today, it’s 1.4 billion miles flown for every accident. I don’t know about you, but I’d far sooner take those odds than to cross a main road. Happy trails!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *