LAKER AIRWAYS DC10
The very first aircraft type Gill trained on as Cabin Crew back in the 1970s
How many people are on the course?
The course is designed to have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 people attending at any one time. Keeping the course small allows for a more personal approach and individual attention as needed.
How long is the course?
The course starts at 10.00am and will finish on board an aircraft at approx. 1.00pm. Finishing at this time means you can meet up with your family or friends for lunch in the cafe. Afterwards you can then test out what you have learnt in the morning on the many aircraft available.
Fear of Flying courses at Brooklands Museum
The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation
Home of Concorde.
Being able to get onboard an aircraft and fly to a new destination either for work or for pleasure is taken for granted by so many people. However the mere fact that you are reading this means that you, or someone close to you, might find that either impossible even to consider, or it is an extremely stressful event that is endured for the sake of family or friends. Your job may even depend on it!
We are all unique. There are many different ways of overcoming your fear of flying because what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. The courses run by various airlines with a flight involved are excellent and help a large number of people. Having worked for several years as the psychologist on the Virgin Atlantic course Gill will always recommend it because of its supportive format.
However for some people even the thought of a course with a flight at the end is too scary to contemplate. Gill discovered that after a 1-2-1 session many clients commented they'd like to see how they felt about being around aircraft or even climbing the steps without the pressure of having to do a flight, but knew that was impossible!
With Brooklands Museum on her doorstep Gill has been able to take clients there for their 1-2-1 session and climb on and off various static aircraft (albeit older ones including a BAE1-11, a type that Gill originally worked on!). It means clients can try out the seats - aisle, middle or window - even put a seat belt on and just get comfortable being on or around aircraft, testing out what they have learned on the course.
What People Thought...
"I've been terrified of flying since I experienced a panic attack on a flight 15 years ago. Attending Gill's 'Fear of Flying' course gave me some invaluable tools to use on my upcoming business trip - she personalised the experience and gave me specific advice to help with me with my particular concerns. Her humorous anecdotes,...
The course has given me so much assurance that flying is perfectly normal and that I should enjoy it especially the rush of take off. I am so looking forward to my flight now and to try out all the techniques you showed me! Who knew that the water bottle I squeeze in between my legs on take off can actually show me that it's all not as bad as it seems!
Who should attend the course?
It is designed for anyone* with an extreme fear of flying: from those that do fly but hang onto the armrests or self-medicate to get through the flight to those who experience anxiety at just the thought of an aircraft or even going anywhere near an airport.
*For children please contact Gill to discuss.
*Any further questions contact Gill
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Where is it?
It is held at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.
Why is it held there?
Brooklands, being the home of British aviation, has a range of static aircraft on site, including Concorde, as well as all the normal conference facilities needed. The benefit of having static aircraft available is that it allows you the luxury of being able to get comfortable around the process of boarding a flight, being onboard, sitting in various seats, putting seat belts on and walking up the aisle without the pressure of time, and test out how different you already feel.
It also provides a great day out for anyone who would like to come with you but not attend the course. Gill recommends bringing your partner, family or friends you would normally fly with so that after the course you can spend even more time getting even more comfortable wandering on and off aircraft.