Finally a flight with no fear - just excitement.

It's taken just over 3 years and 18 flights for me to say that the last 2 flights were fear-free and just pure excitement. What a pity that it took me till I was 56 until I started to try and overcome my live-long fears.

If I can do it, anyone can. Just give it time and perserverence.


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Comment by Elizabeth on November 27, 2009 at 8:41pm
Hi Tony,You have done so well since the Winchester seminar and flight.Everyone is on their own personal flight"journey" and everyone is unique. However, like you I started my "flying journey" in small Flybe aircraft. This week I flew out and back across the Atlantic in a 747-it was huge, not a bit claustrophobic, even though there were 400+ other folk on board . When you feel able to i am sure you would be o.k in a big 2 aisle aircraft.meanwhile keep up the good work and where are you planning to fly to next?
All the best, Elizabeth.-(tried to e-mail you but I had to send you a friend request to be able to do so.)
Comment by Captain Keith on November 13, 2009 at 3:50pm
well done Tony

Comment by Tony Pearce on November 13, 2009 at 1:55pm
Further update.. Returned home from Brno to Stansted by Ryanair last Sunday. Night flight entirely...doesn't Europe and all the major cities look beautiful from 36,000'. Goodness knows how much energy it takes to keep all those cities we flew over (Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam) lighted up like Christmas trees.

Good news/Bad news. Suddenly over Frankfurt we got the Turbulence, - on with the seat belt signs and The Captains announcement to stop using the Toilet etc. !!! Quite bad but I looked up and the Stewardesses were still walking about I remained unconcerned as well. It probably lasted 6/7 minutes. So now I know I can handle turbulence as well.

Best wishes to all,

Comment by Captain Keith on November 4, 2009 at 10:22pm

21 times....why I remember the day when....I hope this encourages people to by the DVD with you on it.

Buy it here

Comment by Tony Pearce on November 4, 2009 at 5:17pm
Hi Leila,

I have now left the ground and returned safely 21 times inclduing 5 this year. I have had no trouble except a very small amount of turbulence and a Friday evening flight to Amsterdam where they stopped a flight on the runway and threw a couple of drunks off.

Best wishes,

Comment by Leila Rasheed on November 3, 2009 at 6:56pm
That's really encouraging, Tony. I'm very pleased for you! :)
Comment by Tony Pearce on November 3, 2009 at 3:47pm
Hi Mixalis, I have started another thread about my 2 hour flight to Brno from Stansted. I would not get on a plane until I was 56 after having a bad trip in a 2 seater plane followed by a stunt session in a helicopter when I was young. I am one of the Guiena Pigs on Keiths DVD and have slowly built up the length of flights I have done.
I have just done my 5th flight this year. I do not think your fear just will disappear overnight. I believe its a matter of taking lots of small steps.

Best wishes,

Comment by mixalis konstandinou on November 3, 2009 at 7:02am
what have you done Tony? It's really nice that you feel this way. I want to feel this way too.
Comment by Tony Pearce on July 10, 2009 at 3:25pm
Yes Ali you will do it. It may take time, - some people take longer than others. My relatives have just booked me a Holiday in the Czech Republic flying Ryanair to Brno from Stansted in November - take off 1.30 pm. It will be my longest flight yet. No fear so far. I've got at least 2 more flights before then to Jersey and back.
If you knew me when I was 56 before meeting Keith, I would not get on the plane, or go any where near them.
And now look. Proof indeed that with time and effort virtually anyone can over come their fears.
Comment by Elizabeth on July 9, 2009 at 7:50am
Set yourself small goals- e.g plan a visit to an airport to watch the planes take off and land. perhaps try to go on a cheap short flight -perhaps book a return ticket to a place where if need be you can return by land In U.K there are lots of small cheap flights you can take.If you were a mountaineer you would not expect to reach the summit of Everest the first attempt but would train and train and acclimatise- from my experience tackling the fear of flying is like a mountaineering expedition you have to take small steps and work hard if you wish to see the world- and boy, it is worth the effort. .Like Tony I am 50+ and did not fly for 25 years- now I am making the most of life and seeing the world- not easy but I am determined as life is too short not to be adventurous. So all the best Ali and go for it.


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