Flight Anxiety Conquered!

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“…Hi Tim,

I made it back! I just want to say that you so much for everything you have done. You have changed my life in so many ways you can’t imagine. Both flights there were fine, no turbulence, but the flights back from Cancun to Mexico City were kind of bumpy, but I was ok. The Flight from Mexico City to LAX was really really bad, we hit a storm and it was bumpy the whole way for 3:45 min. I was really nervous but I didn’t panic. I kept saying what would Tim do/say and I was fine.

Thank you again for your time and your classes I would 1000% refer anyone to you. You made me fly again without fear!!!! I honestly didn’t think it would happen ever but now I am excited to travel and I know more I do it the better it will be. I just have to remind myself turbulence is normal and planes are meant to fly!

Thank you again!…”

Client Review!

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“…Hi Tim!
Finally home and I just know that words are not enough in how you helped me. I am so grateful that I found you and wish I did many years ago!! You are truly a rare commodity. I will be uploading a pic with a testimonial on your website and we better stay in touch!! Thanks for being there for me in many ways. I feel as if I made a friend…”

You too, can conquer your Fear of Flying

You too can overcome your flight anxiety

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“This has become my mantra. People with anxiety understand that we need to break the constant barrage of negative and alarming thoughts that run through our head when it comes to the Fear of Flying. Tim arms you with knowledge, expertise, and an awareness that everything will be fine as long as you remember ” what would Tim say…”. There are many different reasons why people fear flying. Tim starts by pin pointing your reason and then discusses what you need to get beyond that fear on a very personal level. This is NOT a canned presentation. It is tailored to your personal needs and concerns. My first flight is tomorrow and I am ready!”

How this client got over his Fear of Flying

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“There are other ways to “get over” fear of flying: medication, free online courses, books, competitor sites. But Tim Griffin and FlyHome provide the personalized care that fretful fliers need. Tim went above and beyond for me as I prepared to go on a transatlantic trip that had me a bit rattled. I had always been a little anxious, but my fears were getting worse with this trip and I was tired of anxiety making my trips less enjoyable than they could have been. Tim explains the technical aspects of flying beginning with the basics of how planes fly and how they stay in the air. He shows photos and videos of what planes need to do to land and what the cockpit controls look like during turbulence. He explained autothrottle and autopilot. He reinforced that planes have all manner of redundancies to protect passengers in the unlikely case that something goes wrong…everything has a backup and many things have multiple backups!! Tim also personally spoke with me over the phone a couple of times when I was feeling a little skittish. He reassured me. I know that this fear is irrational. Planes land safely by the thousands every day. Tim helps add rationality to the equation by explaining what is going on. He acknowledges your fear and never degrades you. He wants you to enjoy your life and he knows that you came to him because you want to fly. His experience is very helpful because he can relate what pilots feel and think and he lifts the curtain of the cockpit for you. He is truly dedicated to his clients. Going well beyond what most would do for them. He also manages expectations. The anxiety may not go away all at once, but it can be reduced. On my flights after the course with Tim, I was no longer super nervous during the flight and then super relieved when we landed. I was more steady throughout. The flight was treated like a bus ride. I wasn’t super excited, but I was generally calm and understood what is going on. Tim was in my head cheering me on. This course is affordable. The service provided is exemplary. Tim is exceptional. I know that I was very anxious because I hadn’t flown in a while and Tim helped me so much. I highly recommend him without reservation to anyone who needs assistance with this fear. Why live with nervousness, sleepless nights, etc. when you can work on rolling back your fear and enjoying your life? Why not try a course from someone deeply committed to helping you and deeply knowledgeable about flight? I wish I had done this course sooner and I hope I can keep the momentum I built in getting over this fear with Tim’s help. The big value-added here is personalized attention. Everyone has their own bugaboos. Tim helps you reprogram how you think of flying. You don’t need to hear everyone else’s concerns. You don’t get just words on a page. It’s real access to an experienced, professional pilot who knows what makes planes and flying safe. He even talks you through your flight route before you leave. Love this service and I am grateful for Tim!!!!”

How does an aircraft fly?

Common amongst all fearful flyers, many don’t have any idea how an airplane flys. So why shouldn’t you have a fear of flying, its a completely rational fear to have when you don’t know whats going on. Get a fun and simple understanding of how planes fly through our one on one fear of flying courses, or, coming soon, the Flight21™ Online Course.

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Flight21™ is enroute.

FlyHome is happy to announce that it will be releasing its new, online only, Fear of Flying Course. If you’re the type of person that would rather do things on your own, then the Flight21™ course is for you.

Why Flight21™? Statistics say that 90% of everything that a person does is habitual, however, if you apply yourself, you can successfully rid yourself of your habits in three weeks. The Flight21™ curriculum is easy, simply complete each assigned lesson in the 21 days leading up to your flight, and begin to fly without fear.

Pre-Register now at Flight21™ Fear of Flying

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.

Conquer your flight anxiety with knowledge, FlyHome