Virgin brings fear course to Leeds

20th Apr 2007

Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced a new Flying Without Fear course, due to start at Leeds-Bradford airport in June 2007. Virgin Atlantic, in association with FWF Limited, offers one-day courses throughout the year, aimed at teaching sufferers how to overcome their fear.  The course includes an optional 45-minute flight at the end of the session.

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, said:

“We are thrilled that we are able to offer yet another venue for the hugely successful Flying Without Fear course, which will mean more people can reap the benefit of this course.  For the past ten years we have run courses at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Luton, Newcastle & Southampton airports which makes Leeds-Bradford the eighth venue for the course.” 

“Now that these courses are so readily available to the public, we hope as many people as possible will take advantage and go on to complete the course with a new found confidence in their ability to fly without fear.”

The day starts with a brief introduction from the entire team who look after the participants.  Two Virgin Atlantic Captains take the morning session and run through detailed information regarding aircraft functions, noises and safety to help attendees gain an understanding of how the aircraft operates.  A question and answer session is held at this stage to ensure that any questions participants may have are answered.


The day breaks for a hot lunch and offers the opportunity to ask questions of the team on a one-to-one basis.  The afternoon session is led by David Landau, a well-known psychotherapist.  He talks in depth about fears and phobias and teaches the skills to help people learn to control their fears, preparing them for the flight.  After this they take a short 45-minute flight on a commercial jet.  The participants are accompanied on the flight by Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and ground staff, who can support them and help alleviate any fears.  One of our pilots gives a running commentary throughout the flight re-enforcing all that has been learnt throughout the day.

At the end of the relaxation session a post-flight debrief takes place and participants receive a free CD specially compiled by David Landau.  They will also be presented with certificates to mark their achievement signed by Sir Richard Branson.  All our Captains, crew and the rest of the team are available to answer any remaining questions the participants might have.

Richard Conway, Director of FWF Limited said:

“We’ve had a substantial number of requests over many years to bring the Flying Without Fear courses to Yorkshire and we’re now delighted to announce that we’re bringing the course to Leeds-Bradford airport.  Since the courses began ten years ago, it has had some amazing results with a success rate in excess of 98%.”

In addition to this there is a ‘Flying Without Fear’ channel available onboard the aircraft, which is narrated by David Landau, who provides a familiar voice to help relax the passenger.


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