Virgin takes fear course to Edinburgh

Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced that a new Flying Without Fear course (FWF), is scheduled at Edinburgh Airport on the 2 September 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, President of Virgin Atlantic, said:

“It is fantastic that we are able to add another venue for the hugely successful Flying Without Fear course, this is the third new venue for this year.

“Over 10 million people in the UK alone, have a fear of flying.  Since the course began ten years ago, we have had some amazing results with a success rate in excess of 98%.”

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:

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of our Edinburgh Airport course.  By expanding to Edinburgh, we will be able to help even more people to overcome their fears of flight.”

“For the past ten years we have run courses at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Luton, Newcastle, Southampton, Leeds-Bradford & Bournemouth airports making Edinburgh the tenth venue for the course.”

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.