2017: The Year of Fearless Flying

January is here, which means it’s time to start making promises and resolutions for the year to come. Typically, resolutions are declared in order to spark change in new year. Has your fear of flying been leaving you landlocked? Perhaps this is the year to look fear in the face and tell it to stay in the past. However, simply wanting to leave your fear behind will not make it go away. In order to keep your resolution, you must commit and take steps to accomplish your goal. Below are our tips for making 2017 your first year of fearless flying.

1. Analyze your fear
Has your fear of flying kept you away from events, vacations and loved ones? Take an inventory of the things that your fear has caused you to miss. In order for you to be successful in your mission to fly without fear, you must realize why the change is important to you. Having a list of specific reasons why you want to get over your fear will serve as motivation. In addition, analyzing your fear will help to realize the impact it has had on your life.

2. Be Realistic
If you have never stepped foot on an airplane, or have been afraid of flying for 10 years, committing to taking a 12-hour flight in the next year may not be the best idea. When committing to any major change, celebrating tiny victories is important. Perhaps vowing to take a shorter 2-3-hour flight is more reasonable. Depending on how serious your fear is, perhaps even booking a flight is a victory! After looking your fear in the face, you will be able to identify what the next best step is.

3. Set Milestones
Many times, our resolutions are focused on one large goal. For example, if you set a goal of flying without nerves in 2017, your goal may fall flat unless you set smaller, more achievable goals along the way. Look at your ultimate goal and break it down into three or four smaller goals. This way, you can be taking small steps to reach each goal, eventually leading to achieving your overarching 2017 resolution.

4. Seek Help
Sometimes our fears have deeper roots than we may realize. Although we may want to handle all our problems on our own, many times it makes sense to seek the advice of an expert. Instead of missing out on more opportunities by staying on land, consult an expert to figure out positive ways of channeling your fear, and dealing with inflight nerves. Luckily, at FlyHome, we are experts in the fear of flying. Get started with a free consultation.

January brings a fresh start to the year. Take the above steps to approach your fear of flying and make 2017 your first year of fearless flight. You can do it, and we are here to help!

No More Tears: Flights with Children Made Easy

Even if you aren’t a frequent flier, you must have faced a crying kid on an airplane at least once. This might have seemed like a real nuisance to you, but it was a much bigger problem for the parents. Fortunately, there are a few tricks parents can use to avoid kids getting fussy and upset during a flight.
1. Book an Early Flight
Early flights are perfect for flying with children for three reasons. First of all, they are less crowded due to the seemingly inconvenient dawn hours. Secondly, your child will be more likely to fall asleep on the airplane. The third reason is that the early flights rarely experience Departure Delays.
2. Stay Calm
Staying composed is a major advantage. Calm parents often have calm children. If you have a dissatisfied seatmate that seems to be extremely disgruntled about your child, put on your best smile. If you start punishing your kid every time someone tells you that he or she cries or laughs too much, you will just create more discomfort.
3. Bring Water and Lollipops
Children are very sensitive to pressure changes during takeoff and landing. The best way to avoid tears caused by ear congestion is to get your kid to swallow often. Stock up on water and lollipops. They are the best way to keep the child busy and happy during air pressure changes.
4. Buy Cheap Toys
Dollar stores or other shops that sell a bunch of useful and cheap stuff can become your saviors when getting ready for a flight with a child. The more fun things you bring with you on the airplane, the fewer tears you’ll see. Keep a kid busy, and the flight will pass by in a flash.
5. Download Cartoons
A tablet is the easiest way to keep your child busy on an airplane. Download your kid’s favorite cartoons and bring them with you onboard. Make sure you have a few to choose from. You’ll see the rest of the children on the flight flocking to your seats to join in on the fun.
6. Use Diapers
Even if your kid seems too old for diapers, there is nothing shameful about buying pull-ups for a 4-year old. Not all children can “keep it in” while the seatbelt light is on. This often results in screaming and tears.
7. Board Late
Most airlines offer passengers with young children an option of early boarding. This is the worst mistake you can make. You are about to cram into a small space and spend several hours in your seat, so why add another half an hour to the “fun”? Allow your kid to run around the airport while you are waiting for everyone else to board.
8. Pack Your Bag Right
The bag you bring on an airplane must have all the necessary stuff to deal with spilled juice, potty accidents, heat, cold, and etc. To free up some space, avoid bringing anything for your own entertainment, such as books or magazines. You won’t have time for them anyway.

The ins and outs of Pressurization

Without it, you would still be able to fly, however, the planes wouldn’t be allowed to go any higher than 15,000 feet without everyone on board wearing an oxygen mask. The reason for this is, the air is so thin as you get higher, that there is simply not enough for your body to take in and allow you to breathe. For this reason, the aircraft is pressurized with air, so that there is enough of it for you to consume, and allow you to breathe. To understand pressurization, you first have to understand the engine(s).

A jet engine is actually a pretty simple concept. It has four stages.

i. Intake- the engine has a big fan in the front of it that will turn at very fast speeds, this fan is simply sucking air into the engine.

ii. Compression – After the air is sucked into the engine, it goes through a series of compressor blades that will essentially take all of that incoming air, and squeeze it together to make it denser.

iii. Ignite – That compressed air then has fuel squirted into it, after this, it will then enter what’s known as the “Hot Part” of the engine. This is where the magic happens, that compressed air with fuel in it, is then ignited to create thrust.

iv. Exhaust – All of that hot air that is created from this air being ignited is quickly jetted out the back of the engine, this in turn, pushes the plane forward.

Now that you understand how the engine works, I can explain pressurization a little bit further. Stage two of what was just previously discussed, the “Compression Stage” is used to make the air denser for the fuel to be injected in to. Well prior to that fuel being injected into that dense air, little valves called “Bleed Air Valves”. These valves allow some of that compressed air to leave the engine, and come into the cabin, allowing their to be more air for a person to breathe. Now despite what some may say, the air IS recirculated. There is a valve in the cabin of the plane called the “Outflow Valve” that allows some of that air to leave the cabin, for if it didn’t, the cabin of the plane would be much like a balloon, and just keep filling, and filling, and filling… We don’t want that. So the outflow valve will constantly regulate the cabin, to an altitude that would allow a person to breathe. For example, if the plane is flying at 35,000 feet, your body is at 35,000 feet as well, however, there is enough dense air inside of the cabin that the inside of the cabin is much like you’re in Colorado, or at 5,000 to 6,000ft.

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How Meditation Can Make Your Flight Enjoyable

If you are a meditation guru, you know that the higher up you are, the easier it is to meditate. Meditation at a high altitude often gives better results than the same practice in the comfort of your own living room. Meditators often travel to the Himalayas to experience full relaxation and reap magnificent meditation benefits.

Even if you’ve never practiced meditation before, your next flight is the perfect opportunity to start. The higher up you get, the easier the process will be for you. Meanwhile, meditation in the air can make your flight more enjoyable while slowly erasing fears associated with airplane travel.
At first, the following meditation steps might seem silly, but you’ll soon start feeling the benefits, especially when it comes to living through the turbulence or go-around maneuvers.
1. Close your eyes and imagine that you are getting bigger and bigger; you are filling up all the free space in the airplane.
2. Go further to become bigger than the plane. The plane is now inside you.
3. Take another step and “become” even bigger. The clouds, the moon, the stars are all inside you. You are huge and boundless.
Here are just a few ways that meditation can make your flight enjoyable.
1. Peaceful Sleep
This is a trick available only to the beginners. Once people get better at meditation, they stop falling asleep during the process. If you are a meditation newbie and follow the meditation steps closely, you are bound to fall asleep after a while. What’s a better way to pass your flying time?
2. Reduced Anxiety
No matter how good you are at neutralizing your flight anxiety, sometimes it comes back to catch you at the most unexpected moments. Severe turbulence can scare the heck out of even the most steel-nerved passenger. When you practice meditation the plane, with all its problems, seems so small that the fear becomes insignificant.
3. Happy Seatmates
Ever had a terrible plane seatmate? A perfect flight can be ruined by a talkative, booze-gulping, smelly seatmate. By plugging headphones in your ears and starting to meditate, you won’t only be happily ignoring the seatmate, you’ll clearly yet politely demonstrate that you are not ready for a conversation.
4. Valuable Rest
Even if you are not afraid of flying, the process can be stressful. Hours at the airport, plane turbulence, waiting at baggage claim usually leave people exhausted, even if the flight is short. Meditation helps you get the most out of flying by getting valuable rest. When you master meditation techniques, you will always come emerge from the plane refreshed and ready to conquer the world.
5. Improved Health
Flying is not just stressful for our minds, our bodies suffer as well. Pressure changes during takeoff and landing often cause headaches and ear problems. Meditation can help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart rate.

The fright of flying at night

It’s a common trend amongst anxious flyers, if the sun isn’t going to be out for their flight, they will either not go, or be anxiety stricken for the entire flight. I can understand the anxiety that may come along with the thoughts of flying at night, however, I also feel there is a disconnect in knowledge, and because of this, many will fear night flying.

How will the pilots navigate?
The pilots navigate the aircraft the same way they do whether they are flying during the daytime, in the rain, or in the clouds. Navigation is solely based on the navigational instruments within the airplane – this means that the in terms of the pilots, it doesn’t matter if its daytime, nighttime, or if there is a big piece of cardboard blocking the windshield of the plane, the pilots are navigating it by referencing the flight instruments. This is an unknown for most people, because many will commonly associate flying a plane with driving a car. While driving a car, if you can’t see as well out the window, it becomes an unsafe situation. However, cars do not have complex instrumentation that will allow them to drive the same, no matter what the conditions are outside.

How will the pilots see rain or storms?
The same way a meteorologist knows that rain is on the way, planes are equipped with radar systems much like the ones that are on the ground. If there is rain or storms out in front of you, the plane’s radar system will show the pilots this information as much as 300 miles prior to being near it.

Does the body react differently at night?
Yes, believe it or not it does in some ways. Most importantly, for pilots, the eyes react differently to daytime/nighttime. Your eyes are a lot more sensitive to light at night, and for this reason, pilots have to allow their eyes to have up to 30 minutes of night adaptation. For this reason, if you were able to see the cockpit at night, you would see that the lights on the instrument panel are basic colors, and they are very dim, this allows the pilots to maintain their night vision for the flight.

How will the pilot find the airport at night?
Aside from the airports being lit up like a Christmas tree, once again, navigation is all based on satellite, and ground based navigational aids. These systems will take the pilot to the airport, even if they can’t see outside. With this, it is very hard to NOT find the airport.

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Getting Married: How the Fear of Flying Can Affect Your Honeymoon Travels

Ohh, weddings! There are few events in life as important as a wedding. The first dance, the cake, the dress, the guests, and everything in between. Brides, grooms, and their families work tirelessly to make sure their big day goes off without so much as a hitch. The perfect wedding involves tireless planning, endless meanings and countless fittings.

With incessant planning and piling stress, it is easy for the bride and groom to become a bit overwhelmed. However, after the big day, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Once the constant planning, and tedious tracking of detail are completed, the couple has the honeymoon to look forward to.

Honeymoons are a time for the happy couple to unwind and relax after all of their wedding planning. For honeymoons, couples tend to travel a bit further, and treat themselves a bit better than they normally would. Honeymoons are seen as a time for splurging.

However, if you are a nervous flyer, the dread of a long flight may be derailing your relaxation, and bringing you back into stressful wedding planning mode. Instead of energizing you, the prospect of a 12-hour flight could be keeping you up at night.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are about to embark on your honeymoon travel:

First, you are not just taking this trip for yourself. Honeymoons are a time for the newlywed couple to enjoy a beautiful destination together. They are a time for relaxing and letting all stress melt away. If you are anxiously anticipating the flight, you may be taking away from your partner’s joy.

Next, the flight is a means to an end. The flight is what is going to bring you to your dream location. You need this flight in order to bring you and your lover to well-deserved days of bliss. Don’t let the flight ruin an unforgettable trip. In order to experience new destinations, flights are a necessity.

Third, after the long nights planning seating charts and selecting colors, you deserve this vacation. Actually, you NEED this vacation. All of that unwanted stress needs to melt away and leave you super relaxed and reveling in your new love.

Lastly, if you find yourself in a bind, FlyHome can help you. We have courses, and plenty of resources to help calm your nerves and put you at ease. Flying can be difficult for many, but it doesn’t need to be. You can do this, and we can help.

Honeymoons are a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t let your flight take that away from you. Enjoy this special time with your significant other and let all of your stress disappear. Congratulations and cheers for many happy years full of travel to come!

Turbulence: Where is the best place to sit?

This is a question that every fearful flyer will ask throughout the course – thinking that one seat on the plane may be safer than the other. First of all, lets keep in mind that turbulence is not necessarily unsafe, if you are seated, with your seatbelts fastened, and adhering to crewmember instructions, turbulence is nothing more than a bumpy road. In terms of which seat on the plane will you feel the turbulence least; this question will vary when answered by different people. So let’s talk about it:

Over The Wing
Sitting over the wing is always my suggestion, my reasoning is, a lot takes place over the wing. So if you’re a fearful flyer that automatically panics when hearing a sound, being over the wing can allow you to see different flight controls moving, and when you learn more about those flight controls at FlyHome, you will understand what is going on and why you shouldn’t panic. Additionally, being over a wing allows you to look outside, and see a physical object beneath you, this allows more people to feel “supported” when looking out and seeing the wing. Now, it is true that the wing generates the lift that allows the plane to fly, so when that wing is flying through the turbulence, your location may feel that turbulence a little bit more. The reason why I say “may” is because the plane is moving five hundred or more miles per hour, travelling that quickly, whatever bumps seat 1A are flying through, will likely feel the same as seat 25B, not a lot can change when you’re flying 500+ MPH!

In the extreme front, or back
I like to think of this as the “see-saw” affect. When you were little, and went to your local playground to play on the see-saw, the entire see saw would move, however, the middle part where the pole and seats are supported, would move a lot less of a distance when compared to the outer seats. If you think of a plane as a see saw, think of the wings as the center, and think of the extreme front or back of the plane as the seats on the see-saw. The thought logic is, with all of the support in the center of the plane, when the plane transitions through turbulence, the front or back may have more movement than the center.

My overall suggestion, sit wherever YOU feel most comfortable. Whether in seat 1A or 25B, that whole plane will be flying through any turbulence that is along your route, just remind yourself, turbulence is OK! Flying soon and want to have a heads up as to where the turbulence will be? Visit MyFLight Forecast

Winter Flying: Conquer your Fear with knowledge.

The winter months are approaching, which for those who have a fear of flying, means another way of rationalizing their fear of flying. For many, they believe that snow or colder weather can be dangerous for planes, so for a better understanding, there are a few things that we would like to point out.

Cold Temperatures
First off, it may be cold, but here’s the thing, planes LOVE the cold weather, as a matter of fact, they perform better in colder temperatures. When a plane is flying up in the thirty thousand foot altitudes, the temperatures are typically -40 degrees or below, so for a plane to take off in 10 degree temperatures on the ground, that is basically a Caribbean vacation for the airplane!

Winter Jetstream
The Jetstream, or a very large pattern of air that changes from day to day, is a completely normal phenomenon. As a matter of fact, there can more than three different jetstreams flowing above the world daily. During the winter months, the Jetstream is typically faster than in the summer months, as a result, some bumps along the way can be anticipated if you find yourself transitioning in or around the Jetstream.

Snow or Freezing Precipitation
Snow would only be a factor if it wasn’t removed from the wings, and this is what the “De-icing” process is for. While on the ground, shortly before take off, you may notice a bucket truck driving around the aircraft and spraying it with a solution. This solution is comprised of hot water and a Glycol mixture, which is used to remove snow or frozen precipitation from the wing, and allow for the air to flow above and below the wing as it normally does to generate lift. Snow or freezing precipitation while in flight, is prevented by an “Anti-Icing” system, which basically vents hot air from the running engines and uses it to heat the critical surface areas of the plane, the temperatures of these surfaces can be in the area of 130 degrees, so naturally, nothing would adhere to these surfaces, therefor protecting the surfaces from ice formation.

(While the aircraft is being sprayed, or “De-Iced” on the ground, you may notice a strange smell, YES, this is normal)

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Fear of Flying: step onto your next flight with knowledge

Misinformation is one of the biggest driving factors for fear of flying. People either hear incorrect stories or facts, or they dream them up in their minds and convince themselves it’s real. The true, factual flying information is out there, and freely accessible by you when you’re ready to learn the foundation of flying.

Brush up on reading about take off and landing procedures for air staff and the airplane. Read about the engine placement and what pilots do to ensure the landing is as safe as possible. Brush up on turbulence – it’s causes, and how it’s impossible for the phenomenon to crash a plane. Even do some reading on natural ways to remain calm, cool, and collected throughout the duration of your flight.

Information is your biggest weapon against irrational fear of flying. We do our best to provide you with that information when you’re ready. Learn more at FlyHome Fear of Flying

Rain and Wind in the Northeast

Rain and Wind in the Northeast are causing areas of light to moderate turbulence for aircraft departing, or transitioning through the Northeast. So what does this mean for the fearful flyer? Yes, unfortunately, this does mean an increase in the likelihood of turbulence. With over 90% of all fearful flyers having a fear of turbulence, this will likely increase the amount of anxiety before and during your flight. Pilots will do everything in their power to avoid turbulence, however, if it can’t be avoided, we will always attempt to make the level of “bumps” minimal. If you are flying today in to or out of the Northeast, be sure to take advantage of the free Turbulence Forecast courtesy of FlyHome