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Well its been a little while since I posted, i see there are quite a few new names on the forum, I hope you are all enjoying the support this fear of flying community gives, it really is superb.
A quick insight into my story, as you can see my name is Jim, I didn’t fly for around 15 years until I found this forum. Before then I thought I was in the minority, I thought like me a fear of flying meant you simply couldn’t fly and you wouldn’t entertain the idea, then I met some wonderful people who were as panic stricken as me but could still drag themselves through the pain barrier to achieve their goals. I went to one of Keiths seminars early the following year and then was part of the team who went on a flight to help film the DVD which you can buy from this very sight,
Anyway, I'm posting today as I have just come back from the most successful flight I have ever taken and I am buzzing!!! It was only a short flight, 45 mins from Liverpool to Isle of man with Fly Be but it went like a dream! With all the postponements due to the volcanic ash we weren’t even sure if we were going to fly until the day before and I think somewhere in my mind this helped me, I knew from what I have learnt from here there was no way the plane would fly even if there was a 1% of any danger, On the day of the flight I had my coping strategies ready, my personal ones include:
MP3 player with a playlist of upbeat songs
Having a book ready that I have been reading earlier in the week and deliberately stopped at during an exciting part!
With everything I have read and learnt over the past few years on this site I was ready and in control of the whole situation.
I’ve entitled this post my small steps as its probably the most important thing I have learnt, set yourself very small targets. Mine are too keep going, if in the next 12 months I take another small flight, maybe this time 1 hour – 1.5 hours I will have succeeded and again will be as happy as a I feel right now.
I added a little video of me on the plane just as its getting ready to descend into Liverpool, I took the video for myself to capture how happy I was feeling, have a look, hopefully my stupid smirking face will make you laugh!
Hi Jim - Elizabeth pointed me to your story as I had just put up a posting to say I have booked a flight from Leeds to Belfast on 29 October and could feel a slight twinge! Like you all my flights over the past eight or nine years have been short ones from Belfast to UK. The last one was cancelled due to the volcanic ash and I had to take my car at the last minute overnight to Liverpool and then drive from Birkenhead to Leeds - couldn't help but think if I had been flying I would have been there in an hour! You are right it does help to know that we are not alone in our fears but my danger is a a reluctance to admit that they can return. I have a strategy myself that works like always booking a window seat and looking out - it brings a reality into it. The last flight this time last year we had to hover over Leeds airport as they thought we might have to divert to Doncaster. Had it not been for the reading materials and the DVD you mention I would hae been terrified whdn the pilot came on with a 'special announcement!' I amazed myself at looking down and watching all the planes take off underneath. I have never had a difficult flight and yet each time the same apprehension returns - the big difference today though is I know I will travel - with the encouragement of the other members.