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Return flights from New Zealand - July 2010.

Started Sep 6, 2010 0 Replies

Hello all,Its been a while since I wrote anything and I did promise to update folks on my experience of my journey to and from NZ during June and July, I've already posted the story of my flight to…Continue

Arrived in New Zealand - safe and sound

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francis Patrick Edwards Jun 23, 2010. 4 Replies

Hi allJust to say I arrived in NZ in one piece on Thursday 17th June about 1.30pm (lcal time) - very tired and somewhat frazzled but not as bad as I had feared. Took a couple of days for the body…Continue

A thought.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Francis Patrick Edwards Jun 9, 2010. 9 Replies

I was just looking at a couple of great videos (by Rory and Clair) and thought about concerns that members voiced in recent times - e.g. about the volcanic ash cloud and media reports of tragic…Continue

 

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Francis Patrick Edwards replied to nancyb's discussion Trying again after leaving plane at the gate..
"Hi NancyB, Delighted to read your contribution about your success in crossing the Atlantic - you were extremely brave to do that after the earlier experience of leaving the gate just at boarding time. Don't mind about the meds - as long as your…"
Aug 31, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Kate's discussion Countdown to the flight........ 2nd June
"Hi Kate, Well done - thats a great achievement. You'll be booking your flight to Australia in no time. Best wishes. Frank Edwards "
Jun 13, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Nikoleta Michaelidou's discussion The media
"Hi Nikoleta, Just reading your item on media reports being flashed around the world and trying, as you say, to scare people. This is the sort of stuff the media thrives on and trying to stop it is like poor old King Canute (I think it was he…"
Jun 9, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to karen white's discussion Flying In August and already worrying
"Hi Karen, Sorry for not replying sooner but just saw you posting now. Airport and airplane security is something which every country in the world takes extremely seriously so I've no reason to suspect that things are in any way less safe, for…"
Jun 9, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Tamara Horsburgh's discussion newbie....
Jun 8, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Tamara Horsburgh's discussion newbie....
"Hi Tamara, Sorry I can't help you with the EMDR therapy - I've never heard of it. Imagination and imagining "...that intense fear of the five minutes of knowing.....". Knowing that your going to die in a plane crash!! And all…"
Jun 7, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Captain Keith's discussion Introduction: Claustrophobia
"Hi All, This is a great discussion on the claustrophobia aspect of flying and its the one that probably causes me the most difficulty. Like many contributors, I have this fearful visualisation of losing it totally and wanting to get off the…"
Jun 4, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Julie Betts-nicholson's discussion 6 Weeks today to Orlando
"Hi Julie, Capt. Keith and Phil, Thanks to Capt. Keith for that wonderful story on the guy who throws white powder on the pavements. From now on I'm adopting it as my mantra for anxiety/panic feelings and thoughts. Folks on the site who read…"
Jun 4, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Julie Betts-nicholson's discussion 6 Weeks today to Orlando
"Hi Julie, Good to see your reply. I know exactly what you mean when you speak of the "superstitious throwback......." if you managed to let go of your fear. That is something that frequently seems to go with the territory in anxiety…"
Jun 3, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Julie Betts-nicholson's discussion 6 Weeks today to Orlando
"Hi Julie, You are not alone in having these types of thoughts before a flight. You have six weeks to do something and I'd suggest you glean everything you can from this site on relaxation techniques - breathing techniques and muscle relaxation…"
Jun 2, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Kate's discussion Countdown to the flight........ 2nd June
"Hi Kate, Don't know if this'll reach you before you fly today but just to wish you the very best and enjoy the break. You'll be fine. When you land in Ibiza (which you will) - give yourself a huge pat on the back. And let us know how…"
Jun 2, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards commented on Rebecca Currell's blog post New to all this and Eager to be fine with Flying!!!
"Hello Beck, Great to read your story and no, it wasn't too long by any means. You described exactly my own "first- time" flight experience many years ago (more years than I care to remember!!) - so I can empathise 100% with everything…"
May 23, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Annie Moore's discussion Question about fear and previous crashes
"Hi Annie, Just see your reply now. What you describe goes with the territory where fears and phobias are concerned. I get that same feeling of unreality with flying. When I'm on the ground looking at an airplane leaving its jet trails…"
May 23, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Annie Moore's discussion Question about fear and previous crashes
"Hi Annie, Thanks for your reply. I'm not great on stastistics but I looked again at the video and have a couple of observations regarding your concerns.  If you noticed, the stats became quite scewed when the speaker included the 9/11…"
May 22, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to John Cessner's discussion Engine noise while cruising
"Hi John, I see Capt. Keith's reply and thats been very informative for me. I used to have concerns around this issue. For what its worth, I now think of those noise changes as being nothing more than you'd get when driving a car. Going up…"
May 19, 2011
Francis Patrick Edwards replied to Annie Moore's discussion Question about fear and previous crashes
"Hi Annie, I think it is probably impossible for anyone with a fear of flying not to have some concern or at least consideration of media reports of plane crashes. Its one of a number of things that play a bit on my mind when flying. However, I can…"
May 19, 2011

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Which part of flying worries you most?
Turbulence, Claustrophobia, Panic attacks, Loss of control, Take off, In the cruise

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At 2:22pm on April 2, 2011, Mrs D Howell said…
Well tomorrow we go to Cyprus at 7am leaving Glasgow.I have had hypnotherapy to relax me but I still cannot sleep and have felt ill for the past 2 weeks thinking about it. i chose to go because my 4 girls and their dad were going to go without me anyway as they are looking forward  to a holiday and we have been given a villa for free so it was either stay here myself or go .Now I do not know if I made the right decision!!!!
At 10:37pm on June 10, 2010, Elizabeth said…
Hi Francis,Sending you good wishes for your flights.I found that being on a large plane 777 or 747 felt so roomy that I did not experience any claustrophobic feelings at all . My first posting on Keith's original forum page was about feeling or being scared of feeling claustrophobic once inside a 'plane. Since that posting when Keith told me the pilot was able to open one of his windows I feel one is not entirely "sealed" in. I also do deep breathing exercises and relax to a C D in the days leading up to my flight.Enjoy the valuable time with your family. Life is for living to the full and every day is precious and offers the opportunity to explore new challenges.My brother in law has just been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer at 58, just a bit older than myself -it has really made my husband and i think deeply about what we wish to achieve over the next few years leading to retirement and exploring different far away countries is a high priority.I am sure you will be fine, the anticipatory anxiety is usually worse than the flights themselves.Here's to reading about your trip to N Z on your return, best wishes, Elizabeth.
At 5:30am on June 9, 2010, Francesca D'Angelo said…
Hey! 25 hours! That is really a long trip. Where do you currently live now? One thing I read on this site that helped(aside from your advice) was to start counting to 80 when the plane gets bumpy, by the time you hit 20 it will be over..That helped me. The reward will be great as well, seeing your daughter and granddaughter..something to look forward to...let me know how you do...
At 2:55am on June 7, 2010, Francesca D'Angelo said…
Hi Frank-

How are you doing? I am still very grateful for your advice. I was in a living hell that night and morning...Just wanted to say hi...
At 6:04pm on January 2, 2010, Captain Keith said…
Hi Francis... a very late but warm welcome to you and thanks for joining us. I hope you’ll enjoy the network and find it useful to you in overcoming your anxieties about flying. We don’t have rules with regard to posting stories, experiences and emotions about flying. We’re all here to help each other. Despite my 50 years in flying I can only support and give you the facts, the real help comes from people like you, sharing your feelings with like-minded people.
Talking about flying and sharing strategies is invaluable in overcoming your fear. Please feel free to ask me as many questions as you need, and if you don’t understand the answer or I’ve misunderstood you, keep on and on at me until I’ve answered your question. I’m here to help.
We’ve got a lot of help and information on our website (anxiousflyers.com) and our shop has all the help you’re ever likely to need (Book, CD, DVD, Guide, Audio Courses) .
Most people who suffer from a fear of flying think that tomorrow, next week or next month will be the best time to do something about their fear. May I suggest, and I know this as a result of helping people to overcome their fears, that you get on with it as soon as you can.
Don’t wait to do something ...do it now. Face your fear as soon as you can...there’s no better time than now even though you probably feel that you’re not ready yet.
The quicker you fix the problem the longer you’ll spend being free worrying thoughts rather than adding to them. Our promise is to help you to go flying, and within the realms of normality there’s nothing we won’t do to help you if we can.
Remember, I’m here to help
On our site anxiousflyers.com there’s a page that deals with the particular worries that you may have mentioned on the sign up page. When you’ve read that go to the START HERE page of the site to begin your journey to overcome your fear of flying.
I hope we’ll speak soon.
Captain Keith
 
 
 

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