Breaking Travel News

Virgin Launch Flying Without Fear Course

Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce its first ever Flying Without Fear course to be held at Birmingham Airport on 24 October 2004.  Virgin Atlantic, in association with FWF Limited, offers one-day courses throughout the year, aimed at teaching sufferers how to overcome their fear.  The new course schedule has been developed to include an optional 45 minute flight at the end of the day. Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, commented:

“We are delighted to announce another venue for the Flying Without Fear course.  For the past six years we have run courses at London Gatwick, and adding Birmingham Airport as a venue allows us to bring the experience of the course organisers to our prospective passengers in the Midlands.” 

“Giving people the chance to overcome their fear of flying opens the doors to a world full of fascinating destinations that they can travel to with confidence.”

The one day course begins with a session with Virgin Atlantic captains who run through detailed information regarding aircraft functions, noises and safety to help attendees gain an understanding of how the aircraft operates.  The afternoon session is led by David Landau, a well known psychotherapist, who has made appearances on national TV and radio.  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.

Following this, participants have the opportunity to go on a 45 minute flight.  The aircraft have been chartered specifically for the course. 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.


The day ends with a post-flight debrief and participants will receive a free CD/tape specially compiled by David Landau.  They will also be presented with certificates to mark their achievement signed by Sir Richard Branson.

What distinguishes the Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Flying Without Fear’ programme from other courses is the aftercare that participants will receive.  After the course, if participants take a flight with Virgin Atlantic, the Virgin Atlantic Special Assistance department will be on hand to help with special requirements tailored specifically to their needs or anxieties regarding the flight.  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.

Richard Conway, Director of FWF Limited said:

“We are delighted to be introducing the new Flying Without Fear course to Birmingham Airport. We plan to run four courses per year in Birmingham to meet the demand in the East and West Midlands.”

“Around 10,million people have a fear of flying but since the course began six years ago, it has had some amazing results with a success rate in excess of 95% of course participants.”  We have also added, Manchester Airport to our venues this year along with a course planned at London Heathrow for the end of this year.” 

The inclusive day course costs £199 plus VAT.  For bookings and enquiries please contact 01423 714900 or log on to