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COMPANIES: DON’T LET THE FEAR OF FLYING SLOW DOWN YOUR BUSINESS TRIPS !

Fear of flying is very often under scrutiny in the corporate world, where performance is king. Threatening the well-being of employees (and revenue opportunities), many are reluctant to acknowledge their anxieties to their N+1s – even though solutions exist to free themselves of them.

Fear of flying, a widespread evil in the workplace

 Fear of flying  is a much more common affliction than we think : according to studies, it would affect between 1/4 and 1/6th of passengers. Of course, it does not spare business and other business trips, which according to INSEE account for more than 9 million internal flights in 2016 alone.

Fear of flying can impact your company’s business trips, and even call them into question! It can happen if :

  • A new employee called to fly hides his fear of flying during a job interview ;
  • An employee with air stress is assigned new duties that involve business travel;
  • An experienced traveller suddenly develops a fear of flying.

These diverse situations come at a cost that is difficult for companies to accurately assess. Its visible part includes all trip cancellations, which have a negative impact on business opportunities: a cancelled business trip results in less turnover.

The hidden part is all those cases where travelers reluctantly travel by plane at the expense of superhuman effort. The result is discomfort on the move, sleepless nights, anxiety, and incidentally, a business trip with a lower return on investment.

How to deal with the fear of flying on a business trip? 

When an employee reveals his fear of flying, many companies don’t know how to handle the situation. There is no point in insisting or forcing them to travel. Contrary to a still widely accepted idea, fear of flying is not a question of willpower, of “taking it upon oneself”, to be dealt with through evasive actions (medication, distractions…).

On the contrary, ignoring the problem (or refusing to face it) only makes it worse when flying on a business trip. Worse, disciplinary measures to force an employee to fly are doomed to failure.

Indeed, air phobia is a psychological trauma that can be treated, not punished! It is a disabling, even paralyzing phobia. It can be linked to more or less acute associated disorders: claustrophobia, fear of flying over the ocean, anxieties related to turbulence or erroneous beliefs, as on air holes…

In some extreme cases, it is a symptom of physiological diseases that can be detected. However, there is nothing irreversible about airborne stress: there are many solutions to get rid of it in the long term.

Fear of flying: a taboo in the workplace?

One thing is sure, it is tough to deal with the fear of flying in companies. When performance is king, it happens that the subject goes under the carpet to show no weakness and lose no professional opportunity.

On the employee’s side, as soon as the job interview is held, they can be passed over in silence in order to get the job. Then, when the business trip approaches, we hold off talking about it… The fear of flying is all the more stigmatizing when we consider that no one else is affected. There are then two alternatives: take the plane against your will, at the cost of mental suffering; or cancel at the last minute, and lose business opportunities for the company.

Communicate as soon as possible to forestall the situation.

Bringing the subject to the table is vital in the largest organizations, which have several tens of professionals on the go. In fact, many people who suffer from phobias about flying declare themselves late in life, after several years of attending boarding lounges without incident.

For all companies, communication is key. It is a question of informing as soon as possible when a job description includes air travel, when train travel is not possible. Supporting employees in situations of air travel anxiety is crucial: it frees up the floor and allows solutions to be considered. Nearly all air travel phobias are eager to be cured: it’s a good thing there are tailor-made courses that are perfectly adapted to professional contexts.

Fear of flying training in e-learning for companies  

Several organizations provide distance training to fight against the fear of flying. This is the case of Fofly, which has developed a method that is 95% effective, allowing stress-free business trips after a few hours of e-learning training.

The Fofly training is available in e-learning, in the form of a single subscription that gives you access to a set of training videos and quizzes to test your knowledge. It focuses all the pedagogical know-how of peurdelavion.fr, training courses that have been helping passengers to overcome their flight stress for the past 10 years.

Accessible from any computer, the Fofly method is particularly suited to companies. Would you like to know more about it?

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STATISTICS: WHO HAS FEAR OF FLYING ?

Have you ever wondered if you’re the only one who experiences anxiety when boarding a plane? Statistically, fear of flying is one of the most common phobias and spoils the travels of many of our fellow passengers. With figures to back it up, this article takes stock of who are the phobias of the plane, in France and in the world.

Global statistics on aviophobia

You are far from being the only one to experience anxiety as soon as the boarding time approaches! According to all surveys, fear of flying concerns an extremely large number of fellow citizens, whether they are frequent flyers or carefully avoid airports.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), about 20% of travelers feel a greater or lesser degree of fear. Among them, a fifth (4% of the total) even feel phobia, which makes the very idea of air travel unbearable.

The figures are slightly lower in the United States, where air travel is even more common than elsewhere (45% of adults took at least one plane there in 2015). According to a 2010 Boeing survey, about 17% of Americans perceive fear of flying.

Figures of Fear of Flying in France

According to a 2015 IFOP survey , 34% of French people report that they are sometimes afraid of an accident when flying. These significant figures will remain stable over the long term, even after an air disaster, since they were 35% in 2005.

Based on the same survey, travelers can also apprehend even less frequent events. In 2015, 24% of French people were afraid of an attack or hijacking. Lastly, 16% were afraid of flying over a war zone.

The French are very much alike when it comes to fear of flying, which affects all categories of the population. According to the IFOP, it concerns 30% of men and 37% of women. Young people are slightly more concerned: 42% of people under 35 apprehend flying, compared with 30% of those over 50. On the other hand, there are few differences according to level of education or geographical origin.

The airplane, always considered the safest means of transport by travelers.

Whether they manage to control this fear or not, the French remain convinced that the airplane is much safer than other means of transport. Still according to IFOP, 41% of respondents believe that the plane is the safest means of transport, which places it in second place just behind the train (46% of respondents).

Air transport is – understandably – far ahead of land transport, which is considered safer by 13% of respondents.

Finally, although fear of flying is largely irrational, it is far from being a fate. In physical training or e-learning, methods to overcome it are showing excellent results. This is what British Airway announces, whose courses have treated more than 50,000 people in 30 years with a success rate of 98%. The same goes for e-learning, where Fofly specializes, with a success rate that reaches 95% of participants. 

5 QUICK TIPS TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF FLYING

Are you anxious about the thought of a boarding pass? Know that you are not the only one: one passenger out of 5 suffers from fear of flying. If this is your case, we’ve put together 5 practical and easy-to-follow tips – including the last one! We hope you’ll use them to reduce your fear of flying, and to make the most of the trips you dream of!

1. Choose your seat in advance

Booking the seat in advance is an excellent tip to view your flight in advance and be more serene on the day. The option is sometimes not free, but it allows you to control a first element of your trip – rather than leaving the choice of seat at random during check-in.

Especially as the choice of seat is not insignificant! If you tend to be nervous when flying, we advise you to choose an aisle seat. It will allow you a better access if you want to get up during the flight. You will have more freedom, and you won’t feel stuck on the window side. In the middle or near the window, you have to disturb your neighbors to get up. On the contrary, the aisle seat is more convenient if you need to go to the bathroom, grab something from your bag, go talk to the flight attendant or just stretch your legs by standing up for a few seconds.

Of course, you can also choose a window seat or a middle seat, if that’s what you prefer! The middle seat is preferred by some passengers because they appreciate being “wedged” between two neighbors, and feel less exposed in case of turbulence. Finally, the window seat allows you to enjoy the panorama during landing and takeoff!

2. Getting to the airport early

In order to be completely serene when the boarding time approaches, we also advise you to get to the airport as soon as possible. If the company recommends you to arrive 1h30 or 2 hours before the flight, come 2h30 or 3 hours in advance!

Why should you come early? It is the best way to avoid any risk of failing to board. On the day of the trip, many steps can result in small delays: travel by car or public transportation, boarding pass collection, luggage deposit, security control, immigration, customs… In addition, there are also inconveniences if you leave a special luggage (musical instrument, animal, bicycle, surfing, etc…).

Coming early allows you to be perfectly serene about all these inconveniences! It gives you time to find your terminal, to anticipate travel times in the airport, to stroll at the duty free or at the newsagent…

Another tip for not being scared when flying: your terminal probably has bay windows that allow you to see the planes on the tarmac. With a little time to spare, watching the ballet of landings and takeoffs has a reassuring side: it’s an opportunity to realize that air flights are perfectly coordinated, common and risk-free!

3. Notify the on-board personnel upon boarding

If you find it difficult to manage your stress or fear of flying, a tip: tell a flight attendant that you are anxious about flying. You can speak to a steward, a stewardess or the purser. That’s what they’re there for! Flight attendants are trained to ensure you have a pleasant flight, and reducing fear of flying is part of their training.   

Don’t hesitate to inform them once you have found your seat, so as not to hinder the flow of passengers. For them, it is nothing exceptional: about 1 passenger out of 5 is concerned by this type of anxiety. They will be able to warn you in advance in case of turbulence, or even outclass you! During the flight, you are not alone: you can also call the flight crew by using the call button above your seat.

4. Contribute to distractions during the flight

Don’t hesitate to bring in your cabin everything that can entertain you and occupy your mind with your favorite activities! Of course, planes often have an onboard system with movies and games, but their quality is uneven, and they are absent on low-cost airlines. No one knows better than you what you like in terms of movies, series or music! So bring your own distractions, whatever they may be, to make you feel at home.

You can bring anything you want in the cabin, as long as you put your electronics in aircraft mode for the duration of the flight (and pay attention to the flight instructions). It can be your bedside book, your favorite series, video games on a smartphone or Nintendo Switch, an iPad or other tablets, arrowheads, a magazine, an audio book, music…

Don’t hesitate to bring more than you need: you will be able to choose once in the air. In particular, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones, an audio book and a sleeping mask are perfect to distract your mind and forget you’re in the air. You’ll almost be disappointed when the flight is over!

5. Don’t let your mind stop you from flying!

Last advice to stop being afraid of flying: don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by negative thoughts and discover the pleasure of flying! Travelling by plane should not be a pain: by controlling your mind, you will prevent it from drifting into negative thoughts.

To get there, there are many techniques that are developed in the different modules of the Fofly online course. For example, having a minimum of technical knowledge will allow you not to “fill in the blanks” by imagining disasters every time you notice an unknown event. Another technique is to work on your irrational fears and control them when they arise.

Do you want to know more about the different methods to control your fears and overcome the fear of flying? Discover Fofly’s online course, to be tested for free on this page !

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EVERYTHING YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TOLD ABOUT AIR HOLES …

If you have been on an airplane several times, you have probably experienced more or less sudden jolts, felt in the passenger compartment. You may even have assimilated them to air holes. This concept, also called “air pockets”, is of great concern to victims of fear of flying. However, there are often great misunderstandings about it! This article is a review to get to the bottom of the truth about air holes in airplanes.

Preconceived ideas about air holes

Air holes are one of the most common misconceptions that most air travelers face! Horizontal jerks would be due to alleged ” air holes “. This would be a bag of vacuum in the atmosphere that would cause the plane to fall a few meters, or suck it upwards, causing a sudden movement in the cabin. This is the same phenomenon that is sometimes described as an “air pocket”.

Do air holes exist?

Actually, not at all! We cannot be any more clear on the subject: air holes do not exist… It is physically impossible to have a vacuum pocket in the earth’s atmosphere. There are no more air holes in the sky than there are water holes in a lake. The sky is a continuous mass of matter, in which airplanes float continuously thanks to finesse (the concept is explained in detail on the following link ).  

Therefore, why do many people still believe in air holes? It’s simply because the expression is particularly meaningful. It embodies a genuine phenomenon, that of turmoil, which has nothing to do with “empty air pockets”.

Air holes vs. aircraft turbulence

If air holes do not exist, on the other hand, we have all experienced turbulence during a plane trip. They are the ones that cause the more or less light shaking of the plane’s cabin.

Turbulence is likely to cause a sudden upward, downward or sideways movement of the aircraft, shaking passengers and objects in the cabin. It is strongly felt by passengers: it sometimes gives the impression that the plane has moved several meters, or about ten meters! But this is not the case: turbulence only alters the plane by a few centimeters. The most important (and the rarest) turbulences do not exceed ten centimeters!

But the feeling is there. This is where the fear of air holes, or air pockets, was born… In fact, turbulence and air holes are almost synonymous in everyday language. However, only turbulence exists… And it is not a cause for concern as long as your seatbelt is fastened properly.  

What is turbulence?

Turbulence is caused by the movement of air masses in the atmosphere. These movements are mainly due to the temperatures of these masses: warm air tends to rise and cold air tends to fall. Sometimes air masses change position because they encounter mountainous relief. These phenomena cause winds at high altitude, over several hundreds or thousands of kilometers.

The turbulence meets the plane and is felt in the cabin, but it is nothing exceptional. In spite of the feeling, the jolts are actually very light! They are similar to the jolts of a car driving over a pothole or on a paved road.

Should we be afraid of turbulence?

Under no circumstances! Turbulence does not present any risk for the aircraft. From two-seater to long-haul, all aircraft have been designed to withstand these perfectly normal flight events. Moreover, as Nicolas Coccolo (pilot and trainer on the training courses) reminds us fofly.com), “No plane has ever crashed because of turbulence. They do not present any danger, neither for the cabin nor for the instruments”.

Air holes or turbulence are no more dangerous than light waves for a boat. At most, they cause discomfort for passengers, that’s why pilots try to avoid them as much as possible.

They know them well: 95% of turbulence is anticipated before taking off, thanks to the weather preparation. Many are related to the geographical area: we have more chances to meet some in South-East Asia, during monsoon period, than in Europe for example.

The mountainous relief or the “basins” can cause turbulence, especially near airports.

Finally, air safety is also working to improve the detection of turbulence. The pilot already manages to avoid most of it. For the others, the only risk is that of being injured if one is not tied up. So you just have to fasten your seatbelt tightly so that you don’t have to worry about “air holes”!

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PSYCHOLOGY: WHERE DOES THE FEAR OF FLYING COME FROM?

And what if the fear of flying wasn’t only related to… planes? According to psychologists, air travel is above all the trigger for certain specific and non-specific fears and phobias – which can be treated separately once they have been identified. By interviewing Thierry Merle, the Fofly Method’s official psychologist. This article discusses what the psychology of fear of flying says and how it can be treated.

Psychology of fear of flying: a complex phobia  

According to psychologists, fear of flying is rarely a “simple” phobia, i.e. one that is solely related to flying. Flying in an airplane can reveal many other anxieties and worries, sometimes even a few other phobias.

For Thierry Merle, psychologist specialized in fears of the plane: “the phobia of the plane is a complex phobia: it is not so much the fact of seeing the plane that is frightening as the fact of flying in it, therefore to be faced with specific conditions (turbulence, mechanical fears, weather, etc…) but also with non-specific phobias which exist in other environments but which we find in flight like claustrophobia, agoraphobia, etc…”.

For most people who suffer from the thought of air travel, the airplane is first and foremost a revelation of associated disorders that pre-exist the flight experience. Whatever your degree of anxiety about flying, it is necessary to identify exactly what your fear consists of, in order to cure it by applying the appropriate treatment.

What psychological disorders make up the fear of flying?

Disorders related to the fear of flying

Fear of flying may involve the following psychological disorders :

  • Agoraphobia, or fear of not being able to escape from somewhere
  • Fears related to air flight: turbulence, fears of mechanical failure or weather-related fears
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of vomiting
  • Fear of flying over the ocean
  • Social phobia
  • Fear of losing control of events
  • Guilt for endangering loved ones
  • Etc…

Each person concerned can experience several of these fears to different degrees. To heal the fear of flying, one must first identify which of these disorders are at stake, in order to treat them with a tailor-made treatment for each of them.

Discomfort, fear or phobia of flying: what is your degree?

Fear should not be mistaken for phobia. Fear is a reaction to a situation of real danger. If I am facing a deadly risk, fear is the emotion that will allow me to face it and survive. Phobia is a maladaptive fear in which the risk is grossly overestimated and makes the person believe that he or she is in mortal danger. Most of the time people are fully aware that their fear is exaggerated. Phobia is not an appropriate reaction because it does not protect the individual: someone with a phobia of flying will prefer to drive for a whole day rather than fly for an hour. He will therefore take infinitely more risk of having an accident…

There are degrees. For example, there are those who can fly but with intense discomfort. Most of the time they compensate this with medication or alcohol. There are those who can only fly in cases of force majeure or when it is imposed and there are those who are simply unable to do so. For example, it has happened that when boarding a plane, a phobic person refuses to get on the plane, leaving his family to leave without him…

Why can’t our brains stop thinking about the worst in an airplane?

For psychologists, the fear of flying comes from a conditioning from which it is possible to escape. It can be explained by a faculty to imagine the worst and to interpret an insignificant event as a threat: “this strange noise is probably a problem with the landing gear…”. Whereas in reality, the landing gears are extremely secure and have 3 alternative deployment mechanisms. So why does our brain “fill in the blanks” by imagining the worst in a plane?

Heuristics, the “shortcuts” of the brain

In neuroscience, heuristics is a well-known mechanism. It consists of executing automatic, fast and intuitive mental operations. This allows the brain to react very quickly, taking shortcuts, but at the cost of errors in judgment.

The heuristic mode is less trustworthy than the logical mode, which is slower but more consistent with reality. It’s like reading a book diagonally: you’re bound to miss essential elements for understanding. For some people, in an airplane, the heuristic mode will take over the logical functions and cause feelings of fear.

How to regain control of your mind in an airplane

Difficult to fight, but not impossible, as Thierry Merle explains: “we cannot stop the brain from making automatic interpretations of situations because these functions do not depend on our consciousness. When we are aware of it, the brain has already completed all its calculations. We can only create other interpretations that will replace the old ones, create new automatisms. Hence the fact that healing a phobia is based on repetition.”

The solution to fight against fear of flying is therefore to overcome these combinations of negative ideas by replacing them with more positive ones based on logic. This is what most training courses and courses against fear of flying permit, by creating new automatisms of thought and by using relaxation exercises to avoid activating the “alert” mode of the brain.

How to treat fear of flying with psychology

As opposed to popular belief, there is no fate! It is never too late to heal the fear of flying, whatever its degree. From the experience of the trainers of the <a href= »peurdelavion.fr »>stages peurdelavion.fr</a>, patients who have developed a fear of flying are those who respond best to therapies, either face-to-face or at a distance.

To overcome fear of flying, it is vital to start as early as possible. It is a fear that is self-feeding and that grows stronger with time, especially if one is looking for all the information on (extremely rare) air accidents.

To get out of it, Thierry Merle underlines the fundamental contribution of CBT: “Cognitive-behavioral therapies are complementary to help cure fear of flying. The cognitive aspect allows the acquisition of technical knowledge about the plane and air safety. The behavioral part proposes a progressive exposure through videos, a soundtrack or virtual reality. “

In all cases, the backing of a professional is key. Many different options exist, from consulting psychologists specialized in fear of flying to courses and e-learning distance learning, which are more accessible and can be consulted at your own pace. Everything is possible to regain control of your brain and discover the pleasure of flying!

MEDICATION AND FEAR OF FLYING: THE PITFALLS TO AVOID

Are you considering using medication to treat your fear of flying? Sedatives, antihistamines, antidepressants and others: there are many misconceptions about them. They tell you all about their side effects, when to use them and when they can take you away from a lasting cure.

Medication: a crutch against the fear of flying …

Medication is one of the fastest growing solutions in the fight against airsickness and motion sickness in general. Are you one of the 20% of passengers who experience discomfort, stress or anxiety when flying? Self-medication or prescribing medication (including anxiolytics) is a widespread reflex.

Recommended by pharmacists or prescribed by your doctor, here are some of the active ingredients most commonly used to overcome your fear of flying.

The main medications against fear of flying

Anti-fear medications for fear of flying are generally the same as those used to treat motion sickness. They are prescribed for stress in flight as well as for discomfort in boats, cars, etc…

Among the most common are antihistamines:

  • Mercalm
  • Nausicalm
  • Nautamine

Using their active ingredients (dimenhydrinate, or diphenhydramine for Nautamine), these drugs aim to prevent nausea. They can be sold without a prescription, on the advice of the pharmacist. However, they are no longer freely available because their side effects are significant.

Alongside these medications, we sometimes find Vogalib, which helps preventing vomiting.

On prescription, some passengers use Scopoderm. This patch diffuses Scopolamine behind the ear. It acts on neurotransmitters and serves as a calming agent.

Finally, other passengers opt, on medical prescription, for medications not directly related to motion sickness: antidepressants and anxyolitic drugs.

to be avoided in most cases

These well-known medications are often recommended for air sickness and are considered effective. However, most of them are not recommended at all when the patient wishes to recover permanently from his fear of flying.  

Initially, some of these drugs involve side effects. This is particularly the case with antihistamines, which can lead to dry mouth, drowsiness and decreased alertness (driving after taking them is prohibited). Problem: The appearance of side effects in flight can itself create anxiety in some patients.

Medications for motion sickness also have contraindications related to age and state of health. They are not recommended in cases of glaucoma, urinary disorders related to the prostate, for the elderly, in case of pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Nevertheless, they are not to be dismissed in all cases. According to Thierry Merle, a psychologist specialist in the treatment of fear of flying: “There are cases where pharmacological treatment is indicated, including antidepressants that can help the patient to take the plunge when the situation cannot be faced.”

Why most airsickness medications are not recommended for use on airplanes

Nevertheless, the fact remains that taking medication is rarely part of a lasting improvement of psychological disorders related to flying. The main risk of these remedies is to move you away from a lasting cure by masking the symptoms and avoiding confronting their cause.

By repeatedly using airsickness medications, they can become an indispensable crutch. There is then a risk of dependency: if the flight went well thanks to the antihistamines, the passenger may fear flying again without pharmacological help. Considering a flight without medication (or alcohol) then becomes an additional source of anxiety that adds to the pre-existing fear of flying.

Moreover, medications such as anxiolytics offer a way around the problem that does not provide a lasting solution. According to Thierry Merle: “We advise against taking anxiolytics mainly because they prevent exposure to the situation and their side effects can sometimes worsen the symptoms.”

Like alcohol, medication provides a secondary state therapeutically that shields the symptoms without dealing with them. On the contrary, it is the exposure to flying in a state of consciousness that allows one to conclude a true therapeutic process and to heal from one’s fear of flying.

In order to cure the fear of flying in a lasting way, exposure to flight is a complementary part of a multi-step treatment. They allow to treat the roots of one’s fear of flying in depth, to counter negative thoughts and anxieties, to control one’s emotions… And to soon return to flying without anxiety – and without medication!

HOW TO KNOW THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE TAKING THE PLANE?

The weather is an important factor for your flying comfort. Do you wish to know the weather conditions at takeoff, cruise and landing? Wind, humidity, turbulence… This article gives you the keys to analyze the weather like a pilot, so you can take off without fear and anxiety!

Why it’s useful to know the weather forecast for your flight

Pilots receive a weather briefing before each takeoff. It is an integral part of the flight briefing: it enables them to prepare the best route, i.e. the most comfortable for passengers.

What is not always known is that passengers on a commercial flight can also get information about the weather for their flight. There is a great deal of weather information available online, many of which is intended for amateur pilots.

As a passenger, mastering the data on your flight allows you to own it and to defuse certain anxieties related to the unknown. When you suffer from aviophobia, it can be a way to reassure yourself and not be surprised if you feel light turbulence once in cruise.

Above all, don’t worry if these methods indicate bad weather, wind or turbulence: these are perfectly normal data for air safety, as we will see at the end of the article. To be informed about the forecast for your flight is above all a question of comfort.  

How can I find out the weather conditions related to my flight

The climatic conditions of a flight combine a certain amount of technical data that is not always easily interpreted. This article outlines how to collect some basic weather information that does not replace a weather briefing from an aviation professional.

First advice: checking the weather forecast is useless! The weather reports of the national channels show you the weather “on the ground”. Conditions at altitude are quite different. The weather on the ground can be a hint for landing and take-off, but these phases only last a few minutes.

Access departure and arrival METAR TAF reports

Pilots rely on standardized and condensed weather data for their flight schedule:

  • TAF
  • METAR
  • SPECI
  • Etc…

For example, a METAR report involves a significant amount of information in very few characters. Combined with a point on the ground, it provides information on wind conditions, visibility, visual range, weather phenomena, the nature of obstacles to vision, clouds, temperatures, etc…

Below is an example of a METAR report:

  • LFMT 081300Z AUTO 21013KT CAVOK 29/09 Q1016 NOSIG

Still confused? Don’t panic! The first 4 letters are the ICAO code of an airport (here, the one of Montpellier). For the rest, you can use a site that decrypts for you the METAR TAF data of more than 4000 airports in the world, by clicking on this link :

https://fr.allmetsat.com/metar-taf/france.php

Click on an airport to get its latest updated METAR report. You will find there all the useful indications for the flight. Click on the airport of departure and arrival for a detailed overview.

Create your flight schedule with Windy.com

Alternatively, the flight planner on Windy.com provides you with a wealth of information about your flight route. To use it, you need to open this page :

www.windy.com/plugins

On the left, go to the Flight planner plugin and click on “Load”.

To activate it, right click on the map and click on ” Flight planner “..

In case you don’t see them, make the airports appear on the world map by clicking on the airplane shaped button at the bottom right of the screen.

Click on your departure airport and press Start.

Click on your arrival airport and press End.

You can then add intermediate airports and change the departure times.

You then get a dynamic flight plan. You can change the view by using the icons on the right side of the screen, to display in real time the winds, temperatures, clouds, storms, etc…

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HYPNOSIS AND AVIOPHOBIA : HOW TO OVERCOME ONE’S ANXIETIES DURING FLIGHT?

Hypnosis is one of the alternative therapies to overcome your aviophobia. Immersed in a state of semi-consciousness, it allows you to explore your anxieties in order to deactivate them. Discover how it works and what are the factors of success in order to get back on the plane serenely with hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis and aviophobia: how it works

Hypnosis doesn’t only address aviophobia: this therapeutic method offers a global response to all kinds of phobias and anxieties. In particular, it is “Ericksonian hypnosis” which is used to cure aviophobia. It consists in plunging the patient into a state of semi-consciousness allowing the hypnotherapist to interact with the subconscious mind. Through a state of hypnosis, the subconscious mind can defuse fears and build a calm and tranquilizing response to the phobia.

How do the hypnosis sessions take place?

“Your eyelids are heavy…” Far from clichés, hypnotherapy has become common enough to overcome fears related to flying. It is usually applied over 3 to 4 sessions, or more if needed. In rare cases, a single session may also suffice – especially if the patient is very receptive to hypnosis.

As in psychology, the content of the sessions is different for each person. The method is personalized according to the nature and degree of aviophobia. The hypnotherapist will address each person’s specific problems and adapt his or her therapy to what causes their aviophobia.

Indeed, aviophobia can have many causes: fear of death, claustrophobia, fear of losing control, trauma related to a turbulent flight, fear of human failure, etc…

Whatever the cause, hypnosis makes it possible to explore the subconscious mind to clear the roots of fear in the airplane. The therapist interacts through suggestions, questions, reminders… He introduces a change to deactivate the mechanisms that trigger phobias and anxieties.

Depending on the case, hypnosis can involve an exercise of “age regression“. It consists in going back over an episode from the past. The goal: to defuse the roots of anxiety by de-dramatizing past negative experiences. Once desensitized to the trigger of the phobia, the patient is supposed to be able to fly again without stress.

Hypnosis: when can it permanently cure aviophobia?  

For some people, hypnosis is an effective method that allows them to get back on the plane for a long time. There is no universal answer: for others, hypnotherapy will unfortunately have no effect. It all depends on one’s affinities, some people prefer therapies such as sophrology, self-hypnosis, relaxation, online training or complete courses on aviophobia (followed or not by an accompanied flight). The most important thing is to be well informed to choose among the available therapies!

Hypnosis, a universal solution?

The disadvantage of hypnotherapy is that not everyone is equal when faced with this method. First of all, some people are anxious at the idea of being hypnotized: not ideal for a serene approach to therapy.

Many patients manage to enter easily into deep or light hypnosis. However, others are not at all receptive and are unable to enter a state of semi-consciousness.

Receptivity to hypnosis is an important factor in the success of the therapy. In people who are refractory to hypnosis, the therapy is likely to have little effect.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Hypnotherapist

In order to have the best chance of success, it is essential to choose the right therapist. A good feeling is also one of the main factors of success.

The hypnotherapist must also be a professional doctor, which is a mark of confidence. Word of mouth is often recommended to choose a hypnotherapist. The first session is also decisive to be sure that you will feel confident and that the therapy will have every chance of succeeding.

While there is no 100% guarantee of results, hypnotherapy remains an alternative therapy to be considered closely if you are receptive to it. It is a risk worth taking, but it can have great effects to effectively overcome your aviophobia. Another option, self-hypnosis is an on-board method that you can apply yourself to relax on board. Finally, if it doesn’t work, you still have the online trainings against aviophobia with Fofly!

 

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CORONAVIRUS : SHOULD WE BE AFRAID TO FLY AGAIN?

To limit the risk of coronavirus contamination on airplanes, airlines and airports are deploying major resources. From the journey on the ground to the disinfection of the cabin, we take stock of these safety measures, which could well enable us to return to the airplane without anxiety, as early as summer 2020.

Coronavirus on the airplane: where do we stand?

The coronavirus continues to impact the airline industry. The main challenge for airlines at the end of the year will be to reassure passengers who are reluctant to book flights for fear of contamination.    

It is true that unlike phobias about flying, the fear of coronavirus during an air trip is based on concrete facts. In absolute terms, in restricted space, the risks of contamination are increased, which discourages many potential travelers. But in practice, air travel is changing. With the efforts of airlines and airports, they are bringing many new health guarantees. This is reason enough to consider flying again as early as 2020, assessing the risks involved as accurately as possible.

Anti-covid measures on the plane (during flight)

In anticipation of a gradual upturn in flights, airlines have already implemented a whole series of measures to limit the risk of contamination on board. Most of these measures are imposed by the state and are common to all airlines. This is the case of the wearing of masks in the cabin, made mandatory by the decree of May 31, 2020. This same decree requires all passengers to present a declaration on their honor that they do not present symptoms of covid-19.

Cabin disinfection and air filtering

Companies are also obliged to methodically disinfect the cabins by hand. To do this, they spray a registered virucidal product every day.

What about the air in the cabin? It is often presented as a cause for concern. On the contrary, in the context of relaxation of the lockdown, the air in aircraft cabins is particularly healthy. It is filtered and renewed every 3 minutes by means of HEPA filters. Offering filtration equivalent to that of an operation room, these filters are capable of blocking covid particles by up to 99.99%.

Limited interactions

In-flight, airlines are now ensuring that points of contact with flight personnel and objects are kept to a minimum. On long journeys, meals will be prepared in advance according to strict sanitary standards, without any handling by the flight crew.

Ground measures: signposted route and boarding

Airports are doing the same: all of them have put in place strict measures to ensure compliance with barrier gestures throughout the boarding and arrival process.

Signposted route

In the airport, the terminal will be accessible only for passengers. In addition to having a face mask on, hand sanitizing gel is available at all stages of the trip.The companies have implemented increased cleaning and disinfection of the areas, particularly at the points of contact (check-in, security checks, boarding lounge, etc.).

At each stage, floor markings and signage are used to respect social distancing. The counters are equipped with Plexiglas windows to avoid customer/staff contamination on the floor.

Secure boarding

Another strong measure of the decree of May 31, 2020 concerning air transport during the covid period: all companies will have to control the temperature of passengers on boarding. In case of refusal to submit to the control or in case of fever, the passenger will not be able to board.

From now on, boarding will be done from the rear, in a progressive way, to avoid crossings.

When will we be able to fly again?

Thanks to these anti-coronavirus measures for aircraft, the sector anticipates a timid recovery in activity as of this summer.

Flight restrictions between countries are also coming down: IATA (International Air Transport Association) offers an updated map of restrictions for each country, available here.

 

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HOMEOPATHY: HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH COMPARED TO AVIOPHOBIA?

Homeopathy is very popular in France. The reason? This alternative, gentle and non-invasive medicine is a path explored by many patients. Nevertheless, homeopathy is not a miracle cure for aviophobia. Explanations.

Homeopathy and aviophobia  

Alternative medicines are increasingly being used to treat anxieties, stresses and phobias. For aviophobia as well, many patients naturally turn to homeopathy.


This alternative medicine is based on the principle of diluting the active substances in water. With a very low concentration, the granules (from the Boiron laboratories or others) have different effects depending on the patient.


The advantage of homeopathy against aviophobia is that it is a gentle and non-invasive method. It does not introduce anxiolytics or other medications that alter the state of consciousness, in an avoidance approach. Homeopathic medicines have no side effects. They are reassuring and are often used as a crutch against the fear of flying and its symptoms

What are some homeopathic remedies you can turn to if you’re struck with aviophobia?

Homeopathy is notably based on the principle of similitude. It consists in strongly diluting a substance which, in high doses, would provoke symptoms. Ingested in a diluted form, with very little concentration, the substances contained in the granules help to alleviate these symptoms.

The choice of a homeopathic medicine against the fear of flying is therefore linked to the symptoms, more than to aviophobia itself.

The limitation of homeopathy is that it addresses the symptoms rather than the psychological causes of the fear of flying, which are difficult to identify without the help of a therapist or training.

The most common symptoms of aviophobia are the following:

  • Tremors
  • Perspiration
  • Heart palpitations
  • Gastric difficulties
  • Blushes
  • Loss of orientation
  • Feeling of disorientation
  • Irritability

The choice of homeopathic medicines also depends on the timing of some of these symptoms. Do they occur during the flight, upon boarding, or several days before? Or, as in many patients, as soon as the flight is booked? The timing and intensity of the symptoms will determine which homeopathic remedies to take against aviophobia.

Seek medical attention

Many homeopathic medicines against aviophobia are regularly cited on the web. Gelsenium, Arsenium nitricum, Ignatia Amara, Cocculine or Nux Vomica... Each is associated with certain symptoms. But beware of what you read on the internet! Self-medication, which is widespread in homeopathy, is not necessarily recommended for the most acute manifestations of anxiety when flying.

If you feel a phobia of the plane, whatever its degree, it is recommended to consult a professional before taking medication. It is better to see a doctor, possibly a homeopathic doctor. He will be able to advise you and prescribe homeopathic medicines and their dosage. If necessary, he will be able to direct you towards other solutions if homeopathy is not the best way to overcome your fear of flying.

Can homeopathy really cure aviophobia? 

It is better to admit it right away: there is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of homeopathy in the face of aviophobia. Scientific publications regularly question its effectiveness, whether against phobias, anxieties or any pathology.

It is not necessarily a question of strinking it off, especially since it helps many patients. But the ideal is to consider it at best as a complementary method against phobias of flying. The effect of homeopathy, similar to that of a placebo, can be positive when we know to what extent the fight against fear of flying is made up of small victories, themselves marked by small rituals.

Even if one admits a relative effectiveness, the fact remains that homeopathy only attacks the symptoms, and not the causes of aviophobia. It remains a very incomprehensive therapy in the face of the complexity of the pathologies.

On the contrary, there are therapies that have proven that they can durably treat the causes of fears when flying. These are courses and trainings based on the contribution of cognitive-behavioral therapies (or CBT).

CBTs allow the mechanisms that cause fear in aviation to be deactivated and replaced by controlled reactions, using techniques that are quick and easy to implement – without taking medication. For more information on the e-learning version of the aviophobia training courses, please click here!