Last week I decided to hit one of my fears head on and I booked myself up for the Fearless Flyer course with easyJet. I have always dodged the topic of flying and thought it was something I would NEVER do. When the childrens father walked out 3 months ago I decided it was time I changed this, after all there is so much out there to see and I need to show my children the world.
I had been looking at Fear of flying courses online and quite a few airlines do them, after quite a few telephone conversations I found one that I felt suited me and that was with easyJet called Fearless Flyer. I didn’t have long to prepare myself for the course because it was a week away which was ok I was ready in my head to do this.
There are two parts to the course. The first part took place last Thursday at the Hilton Hotel in Watford. It was a 3 hour course where they help to deal with any misconceptions that you may have about flying and give you proven techniques to be able to delete those old mind patterns that you have running in your head.
We listened to Captain Chris Foster talk us through all the noises and what happens on a flight. Then we had the chance to ask him some questions. There was approx 100 people on the course and I was surprised to see just how many people had a genuine fear about flying. Everyone was different with their fears, there was anything ranging from being scared the plane would fly to high (as in going to the moon) to planes crashing, but at the end of the day we all had the same thing in common ….. Fear of Flying.
My favourite part of the course was listening to the host Lawrence Leyton talk, Lawernce has been a regular guest on many National TV and radio shows and was commissioned to star in his own prime-time TV special on Channel 4 called ‘Fear of Flying’, where he successfully cured a large number of the UK’s most extreme phobics who could not fly. Lawrence’s presentation style is very unique, he firmly believes that learning should be fun and he certainly delivers it that way, I could of listened to him for hours.
Lawerence taught us three techniques to help us handle our fear of flying. These techniques can not only be used for flying but any fear you have in life and I think they may well come in handy later on in life so I will remember them for when I might need them. After the course I felt really relaxed about flying and I left the hotel excited about the flight I was due to take 2 days later on Saturday. I wish that I could actually of got on a plane straight after the talk because I was really looking forward to it. I couldn’t believe the change in me, me ACTUALLY saying I was looking forward to flying.
On Friday morning I woke up thinking about the flight I would be having the next day and I couldn’t wait to get on with it. If fact that night when I had put the children to bed I started to think of all the places I wanted to fly to which inspired me to write this post.
On Saturday morning me and the children headed off to Luton Airport with my Mum and Dad so me and my Dad could take to the sky for our Flight Experience. The children were going to stand with Nanny and watch us go up as I showed them there was nothing to worry about. I was relaxed all the way to the airport and dare I say I was actually a little bit excited about doing this. All the way there the children kept asking if they could come up in the plane with me and kept telling them that it was only me and grandad that would be doing it.
When we arrived at check in there was a long queue of familiar faces I recognised from the course on Thursday night. Captain Chris Foster made his way down the queue to talk to everyone and when he got to me I said I was looking forward to the flight and the children had been asking if they could come to. He said “let me have a word and see what I can do.” Then another gentleman from the course came up and said they could come with me if I wanted for an extra fee. I couldn’t believe it, the children had the opportunity to come up with me so we could all do our first flight together, we were all so excited.
We picked up our tickets and headed through to security to have our bags checked. I walked through first followed by the children, when Little Bird walked through the security man set the alarm off to see his reaction bless him he stopped and looked worried. Then we laughed and told him what the security man had done, he was ok.
Then we headed off to our plane, when we got there we had to wait a little while to get on the plane and the children enjoyed looking around at the planes out of the window. Then we got the call that we were going onto the plane, we handed in our tickets and headed towards the plane. The children were getting really excited and I was really looking forward to it as well, especially now I had my children with me too.
I was still really calm about getting on the plane and as I climbed the steps with the children I couldn’t wait to get up in the air. We decided to have a wing seat, I wanted to sit by the window so I had Little Bird next to me and Big Bird sat next to my Dad opposite us. I was really surprised just how fast the plane went when we took off, I knew it had to go fast but wasn’t sure how that would feel, I found myself wishing it to take off as soon as possible and once it began to lift I felt relieved.
It was amazing being up in the plane with my family. I looked out of the window and enjoyed the view until the plane started to turn. That was when I thought “ooooh I am not sure about this.” I didn’t like the feeling of pressure in my head and looking out of the window disoriented me so I decided to stop looking out of the window whilst we turned and that was much better. We flew around the airspace for 40 mins apparently we went Southend way and then Clacton on Sea before heading back to Luton.
I was really surprised when we went through the clouds and I saw how blue the sky was, it looked really grey and miserable from the ground but up high it looked beautiful. The clouds looked like big balls of cotton wool that were ready for bouncing on and the children kept saying it looked like the place the Cloud Babies from Cbeebies would play.
Then we could feel the plane slowly coming down as we headed back to Luton. I was shocked when Captain Chris Foster announced that we would be landing in 1 minute 22 secs, I thought ‘wow thats pretty accurate’ and before we knew it we were down again. There was a cheer from the plane and everyone looked happy they had done it. I received a certificate for completing the course. I was really proud of myself and the children were pleased that they got to join me and we all did our first flight together, its something I will remember forever.
Me and my Dad after the flight.
When we landed my Mum told me that she had filmed us going up in the plane and here is the footage, I was chuffed to bits with this. Thank you Mum. x
Now I have done the Fearless Flyer course and experienced a flight I am so proud of myself and how far I have come. I have wonderful friends who have offered to take me and the children away on holiday to Spain this summer but after a conversation with the childrens father last night I am not sure it will happen. I really want to fly again but do not know when it will happen, for now I am happy that I have done it and look forward to when I can fly again, one things for sure it will happen again one day.