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I'm a graduate of Keith's fear of flying course - back in September 2010 I think it was. It's a great course, and helped get me flying for the first time in spite of many years of fear and avoidance.
I'm writing this for two reasons really. I loved my experience of flying, even with all the scary imaginative stuff that I had to push myself through to get above the clouds. In fact I liked it enough to want to share the experience with my partner who I've kept from flying for the last 10 or so years we've been together.
We have two young children, 3 and 2 years old, and have the chance to 'get away' for a few days in 2 or 3 weeks time. We could fly (to Paris) or we could go by train. I could share the fun and exitement of flying with someone I love or I could feel totally comfortable and stress-free on holiday by going on the train. One of my main sources of anxiety is that both the parents of my children will be on a plane while they're 'at home', and I'm struggling to convince myself that I wouldn't be taking a needless risk on their behalf by us flying. I'd be really interested to hear from anyone else who has faced this issue!
The other reason for this is that in the course of this struggle I came across a video lecture by a mathematician in America who is an expert on aviation safety and thought that others may be encouraged by it. It is accessible, it is humourous, it does mention the occaisional air accident and it did make me feel a heck of a lot better about flying. The lecturer is not someone who has 'pub facts', he's actually a university professor who's been paid to sit down and work out the actual statistics. One that lingers in my mind is that on any American flight (which roughly translates to any first world flight, if I'm not mistaken) a child on board that flight is more likely to grow up to be the president of the USA than be killed on the journey he's about to take (incredible).
Like many people who are afraid to fly (I presume), there's a part of my mind which responds positively to factual information and a part which gets bullied by the emotional child in me that says the plane journey i choose to take will be the one in 'x' million to go wrong (see above, flying versus train). After watching this though, I felt that the facts actually started to bully back and win. I hope someone else has the same experience: