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Learn How Aeroplanes Fly

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 19 Aug 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Many experts will recognise the value in allowing those with aerophobia the benefits of learning how aeroplanes actually fly and stay in the sky. Several of the leading airlines have also seen the potential benefits of this and how helping people over come their fear may be advantageous for their customer base.

What Happens On The Course?

Each provider will have their own course content and method of delivery but they commonly include many issues.One of the factors surrounding aerophobia is that people do not understand how n aeroplane that weighs so much, carries so many people and luggage can stay in the air. This is addressed during the course and technical knowledge is broken down into more manageable pieces. Thorough explanation is given to the physics of flying along with pointing out all of the safety checks and protocols that are included.Explanations are also given regarding the emergency procedures, the training that the staff have received and also an awareness of the actual statistics of accidents involving aircraft.Many people are amazed to think that they are more at risk by being in the comfort of their own home than in an aeroplane.Participants are also told of how an aircraft can manage quite safely in the event of occurrences such as engine failure and how the staff are equipped to cope with this event.

Who Runs The Courses?

Most major airlines run or sponsor the courses which can be held in the airport itself, at the training school or in another environment such as a conference room. Most often a combination of these areas is used as the participants are permitted to visualise the cockpit or simulator along with having access to other materials and teaching aids that may be used.Often the course speaker’s attendees include pilots, cabin staff, safety officers and doctors that all pool their knowledge and resources in helping people overcome their phobia.

Benefits Of Attending A Course.

The biggest benefit in attending a course that enables the person to understand how the aeroplane works is that they have a better understanding of the planes capabilities.It is a form of exposure and desensitisation therapy and allows the person to face the object of their fear whilst learning about it.People can understand how different planes are built for different needs and how air travel has developed since its invention by the Wright brothers.If it seems too much to face the fear so suddenly, some background reading could be done in order to prepare for the course.

How Much Do They Cost?

The price of attending a course can vary significantly depending on location, provider and the nature of the methods used during the course.Some can cost several hundred pounds, but for a life long phobia that if cured, could open up a whole new chapter of life, some consider this to be a small price, whilst others argue that it’s a lot of money for something that is not guaranteed to work.Te results on the whole seem fairly promising though and these types of courses are highly recommended for those with aerophobia whose problems are exacerbated by a lack of understanding of how planes actually fly.

As we know, aerophobia can be a very limiting phobia affecting many people differently. For those who are held back by an ignorance of how planes function and their mechanics, these courses can be extremely beneficial.

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