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

Why knowing more about flying can help fliers conquer flight fears

If you’re someone ridden with flying anxiety and pre-flight nervousness, you probably know exactly what we’re referring to here. So many people know very little about the mechanisms and technology that go into flying. This lack of information spirals into hysteria when they dream up irrational endings for the plane they’re on.

If you know basics about airplanes, airports, and flying patterns, you’ll find yourself far less fearful pre-flight and during flight than you probably are now. Flying is exponentially safer than driving, and has nearly perfected the art of seamless aero-transportation.

Follow along with us at FlyHome to stay updated on the basic breakdown of flying, flights, airports, and what to expect when traversing the sky for your next destination.

Turbulence in the Central US

A line of weather extending from Texas all the way up to Illinois is causing areas of Light and Occasional Moderate Turbulence for flights transitioning through this area. If you are flying today, and are uncomfortable with turbulence, stay informed by visiting MyFlight Forecast to get up to date reports on the turbulence. It is a relatively narrow band of weather, so transitioning through it should be relatively short in time. Remember to stay calm, control your breathing and remind yourself that turbulence is ok!

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How to De-Stress Holiday Travel

How to De-Stress Holiday Travel

Oh, the holidays. The tinsel is strung, holiday music is playing, lights are sparkling. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless of course, you have to travel. Stress around the holidays can sky rocket, making the wary traveler a bit warier. So, how do you combat the stress of holiday travel? Take a page out of our book, we are experts after all. Here are our tips for de-stressing holiday travel.

1. Book Early

Nothing makes travelling less comfortable and more stressful than unnecessary layovers. If you can’t avoid a lay over, try to make it as quick as possible. A quick layover will get you back up in the air ASAP without too much time to dwell on your nerves and anxiety. Booking early gives you the ability to select from a wider variety of flights, this way you have a better chance of grabbing a flight that better suits your needs, and ideally, is direct.

2. Take the time you need

This is no time to be stingy with time off. As a nervous flyer, make sure you are avoiding peak travel days. The peak travel days are typically one or two days before the major holidays. If you give yourself an extra cushion of time, you will be able to breathe easier knowing you have a bit more flexibility. Giving yourself a few extra days will also help you to avoid the craziness of crowds and overwhelmingly long lines.

3. Plan Ahead

If flying is a big stressor, you do not want to pile on to your stress. Check off all other boxes in your life to the best of your ability. Give yourself a deadline to complete all of your holiday shopping, wrap up any loose ends at work, dissolve any withstanding conflicts, and pack your bags in advance. Feeling stressed about other aspects of your life will only increase your flight stress. Keep yourself as calm as possible.

4. Get there early

Rushing through the airport in a Home Alone style dash is the opposite of calming. Depending on your climate, snow may be a factor in your travel time. Give yourself ample time to get to the airport. The usual recommendations are to arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of time for a domestic flight and at least 2 hours before an international flight. Our recommendation? Give yourself an extra ½ hour during the holiday season. Worst case scenario? You fly through security and have time for a snack!

5. Be Prepared

No matter where you’re flying to your holiday destination, don’t forget your Timid Flyer Survival kit. With your travel staples like: headphones, your favorite media, favorite snacks, and sleep aids, your travel will be a piece of cake, and you will arrive in your holiday destination before you know it.

The holidays can be a difficult time for travel, however, don’t let them ruin your holiday spirit! Take your time, plan ahead, and prepare. If you need a bit more of a boost combatting your nerves, let FlyHome help you with our variety of course offerings. Learn more here.

Suffering from the Fear of Flying and Upcoming Holiday Travel
The fear of flying is one of those things we have to conquer to the best of our capabilities. It can be very frustrating to deal with it, so we have to do all in our power to address this problem in the best way possible. But what causes the fear of flying and how can we overcome it? Here you have a good set of ideas that might be able to help!
How can people cope with the fear of flying?
The fear of flying can be very demanding for any person. However, there will be situations when you are simply forced to use a plane to reach a certain destination. This is why you have to understand how you can remove this fear once and for all.
There are a few steps that you can use to cope with your fear of flying. These include:
• Understanding what triggers this fear
• Enter the plane knowing all the facts
• Start anticipating your anxiety
• Understand that your fear isn’t unjustified
• Start recognizing that your fear doesn’t make sense
• You have to understand that planes are created to deal with turbulence and other types of problems
• You can shed the anxiety by talking with others and being communicative.
There will be many situations when even this set of guidelines might be unable to help you. That’s where Fear of Flying Relief comes into play. With a wide range of dedicated courses designed to help you eliminate your fear of flying, FlyHome Fear of Flying Relief is here to help you deal with any flying-related fears fast and with the best results. All you have to do is to visit the website right away and you will finally be able to conquer your fear of airplanes once and for all!