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Nailed it!

Over the summer I took 5 flights in 4 weeks. I really think I’m where I wanted to be with getting over my fear.

Normally booking tickets would be stressful and involve researching airline safety records and checking weather forecasts. This time I genuinely forgot to do all that. The only flight where that crossed my mind was with Croatia Airlines, but I remembered Keith saying any carrier that flies over the EU has to comply with massively strict rules and that made me feel…


Added by Sarah on September 14, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Some things can be worried about, some really shouldn't be.

It's been almost 9 months since I last posted a blog. I've flown 6 times since then.

A few weeks ago was our May holiday and I went with some friends to Georgia. I was really excited about the holiday and did everything I could to not think about the two-hour flight there and back. Then a couple of days before leaving I cracked and went on an internet frenzy, checking weather forecasts, looking at details of Tbilisi airport (looking for nearby mountains), and trying to guess what kind…


Added by Sarah on June 6, 2013 at 12:42am — No Comments

Finding an answer

I was reading this blog - the thing about the spoons. I remember Keith telling us about it on the groundcourse, and Enrico going to the bathroom to try it out. And I vaguely remembered having heard of it before.

A day or so after posting the blog, Keith gave the answer to what caused it - Bernoulli's principle. Again, I thought it sounded familiar but I didn't really know…


Added by Sarah on September 15, 2012 at 1:55am — 1 Comment

First good flight in years!!!

What was different about this flight?

In the run up to the flight, I didn’t spend as much time dwelling on it or panicking, and I think the course had a lot to do with that. There wasn’t as much to speculate about and I could answer a lot of questions that came up on my own. Having said that, in the week before there were a couple of days when the nerves did hit, and badly! I probably crammed a week’s worth of fretting into two days. My mantra for the week was, ‘there’s nothing…


Added by Sarah on August 18, 2012 at 10:55pm — 3 Comments

My groundcourse

Edited version. Full version is here on my other blog.

I was nervous going into this course. Normally, when I get on a plane and I’m scared, I do everything I can to block out the fear and the negative thoughts and try to ignore them. But today I was actually going to face them and not block them and it seemed like it was going to be a difficult thing to do.

But despite being…


Added by Sarah on August 10, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments

Late night thoughts.

Sorry if this makes no sense. I can't sleep (worried about stuff) and I thought I'd write a blog post. I actually wrote a long blog about my experiences on Keith's ground course but I'm not sure if I'll post it (it's not bad or anything, it's just long.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I learnt on the course and on my own strategy for getting over this (because I WILL get over this <grrrrr>.)

I think I’ve been holding onto this fear, a bit like a safety blanket.…


Added by Sarah on August 3, 2012 at 3:57am — 1 Comment

Pre-flight lists

Following some advice from Keith about prioritising and de-stressing, I started making lists. It’s certainly cathartic, if nothing else. Lists of things to do are easy. Clean, pack, check documents, I can do all those with no stress. More problematic are the random worries and fears that I can’t find anything practical to do about. Still, why not try. Put them on a list where I can see them, and address them one by one.

List of worries.

1)      I’ll get shaken down for…


Added by Sarah on July 20, 2012 at 4:15pm — 7 Comments

Pilots may be human after all.

I haven't posted a blog on here yet. I actually have another blog over on wordpress where I write about this stuff. I'd like to link to it eventually but not until I get a chance to make it look a bit better. Still, I wrote this post in response to a blog I found here, so I thought I'd post it on this site too. Feel free to comment, agree, disagree or ignore as you see fit :)

I’ve just read a blog here…


Added by Sarah on July 18, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments


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