Fear of flying...

The fear of flying is an anxiety disorder. Every person responds to fear of flying differently. A common reaction is to avoid flying as much as possible. Some reactions like using drugs or alcohol to deal with the experience, can lead to negative and potentially dangerous behavior like being abusive to other people on the aircraft. Depending on the person, the fear of flying includes one or more of the following fears or concerns:

Events striking
A spate of plane crashes, a striking sequence of a disaster film, a documentary on aviation safety or the events of September 11, 2001 can encourage or trigger a psychosis of the aircraft.
  • Concerns about airline accidents or from hijackings, bombings
A bad memory
  • Fear of being over water or having the aircraft land in water
  • Concerns about turbulence and other weather conditions
  • The security screening process
  • Being idle for long periods of time

Fear comes primarily from the unknown. Few passengers are familiar with all the basics of aeronautics. Hence a panicked response to the slightest noise that is considered suspicious.
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Not understanding the sights, sounds, and sensations of a normal flight

The fear behind the fear
Very often a symptom of fear, like the airplane, can hide a deeper fear.
  • Being in an enclosed or crowded space
  • Issues from past psychological or physical trauma
  • Loss of control, or being dependent on technology or people
  • Loss of personal freedom
  • Fear of the dark (flying at night)
How does an airplane fly?
The air is a mixture of gases transparent but dense (1.2 kg/m3 at 20°C). The fact that air is invisible, strengthens misunderstanding, because we see the road when we drive cars, the water taking the boat but by plane, we see only the empty, then it n is not the case. When the aircraft accelerates prior to take-off, pushed by its reactors, the air passing over the wings, moves faster than air passing underneath, because of their shape, more convex above and therefore longer to go in the air to accelerate its course. A force is created and sucks the wings and thus the plane up. This force is called lift and opposes the action of the weight of the aircraft. More the speed difference is important, more the force is important. Engine thrust, which moves the plane, is opposed to the drag that slows the aircraft.

Engine failure: If an engine were to stop working, those remaining would provide enough power to continue to fly at the same pace. If all engines stopped, the plane descended gently like a glider for about 25 minutes from an altitude of 10,000 meters. It will not fall like a stone. Manufacturers must prove that the engines are able to withstand an impact with a bird less than 2.5 Kg

Turbulence happens on just about every flight, but most of the time the amount of turbulence is very small, and the level of risk is very low. You can experience turbulence for many reasons, typically due to weather conditions such as thunderstorms. Severe turbulence can happen in any phase of flight, but it's most likely to be hazardous during cruise when passengers and crew may be out of their seats and not belted in. In most cases a passenger experiencing turbulence will feel nothing more than a slight vibration. http://www.turbulenceforecast.com/

The wings are the safest elements of the aircraft, they can not break. There has never been in the world, accidents due to broken wings. They were designed to be able to move five to ten meters during a flight, it serves as shock absorbers.

Singapore's Airport, January 2010, just after Christmas Week.

How to manage the fear?
• Prior to departure
- A basic treatment: those with a real phobia that paralyzes and hampers, consider depth work with psychotherapy or behavioral therapy to help determine the origins of their fear and find appropriate solutions.
- A course offered by some airlines. It begins with a personal interview with a stress specialist aviation, then continues with a theoretical course on aviation with the pros that match all issues of concern, then one session of flight simulator that allows a simulation (turbulence, sensations of take-off, any technical problems ...).
- No stress: learn to manage stress and anxiety through the method that suits you best (relaxation therapy, yoga, relaxation ...) to use these exercises on D-Day.
- A prescription of anxiolytics for those who really CAN NOT control their anxiety. This decision-stamp does not heal fear but can live more calmly theft. It is strongly advised not to drink alcohol can multiply the feelings of fear during flight.
- D-Dayarrive early to pick her up when recording: in the center of the plane to feel less bumps and next to a window if you want to see what is happening outside. Avoid being placed above the wings and engines in order not to focus on their operation!

• Once on the plane
- Before take-off should not hesitate to prevent the crew from our grief. We must take possession and slowly get used to this new environment. To occupy our mind, we read, we talk with his neighbor; we concentrate on crossword puzzles…
- The launching phase: it is the most feared while only 28% of accidents occur during this period. But it remains impressive (roar of engines, increasing power, silence ...). We must then trust the technology and the pilot, who knows his job, as there is trust your dentist or doctor.
- In flight: usually when the autopilot is engaged, fear descends. However, turbulence can disrupt this moment, as in a train or a car. We must then consider the air holes as the pavement of a celestial road: not very pleasant but not dangerous.
- The landing phase: it is experienced as bad as the take-off: jerking when driving through the clouds, landing gear noise that comes out ... We remember that this is normal and we smiled at the idea that the flight is coming to an end!

So I hope that your next flight will be the best of your life and remember, the flight is the beginning of your trip!

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