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Hi Katie Take off had always been my biggest fear, so I know exactly how you feel. I have literally just arrived home about 30 mins ago from a trip to Newquay and back .. and I flew on my own. No fears, just a little bit of clammy palms.
So how did I manage it? June's top tips...
Read up as much as you can on this site - can't stress that enough
One thing that helped me when I first came here was Keith told me to imagine at take off that I was travelling up a high building in a lift. You know the way a lift slows down just before it gets to the floor you want? Well I closed my eyes and imagined being in a lift and when the aircraft engines slow down a bit once you've climbed, well I just told myself it was like arriving at the floor I wanted to get to in the elevator. It works and gives you something to focus your mind on other than churning up with fear.
Try to relax, not easy I know when you're all pent up. Keith got me to try placing my palms on my knees, facing upwards. Try it, its not easy as you naturally want to clench up, but if you persevere it helps to relax you.
For me, I have just kept chipping away, bit by bit, and I feel really quite ok now. I won't kid you that its been an easy road for me, I have had setbacks where I have really beat myself up and felt I've let myself down, but after a good cyber kick up the bum from Keith - LOL he is great really ;-) I picked myself up and kept going.
If all else fails, you can try the mantra that Keith gave me for my flights to the USA last December .... ;-)
say to yourself, over and over as you take off ....
"this scares the sh1t out of me, but to the pilots it a piece of pi$$"
now, doesn't that make you smile eh? Keith Godfrey. what a guy!!
So please try not to let them fear gremlins get to you on saturday. You can beat them. The success stories here are testament to that.
(if you have time, trawl through some of my old posts and see how much I have progressed. I hope that my success gives you the confidence that you too can be comfortable with flying)