Overcoming Flying Fears and Phobias

Since this website is all about promoting helicopter flights, it would be remiss not to discuss fear of flying. Although it isn’t difficult to find reports of air disasters on Google, in truth they are extremely rare.

The likelihood of a helicopter flight with a reputable operator going wrong is minuscule, to the extent that you can put it out of your mind. But still, irrational fears and phobias are not always that easy to deal with. You might draw a little inspiration from the story of this youngster out on his first helicopter ride.

Research

how helicopters workInstead of reinforcing your fears by reading about helicopter crashes, you’ll help yourself by learning how helicopters work. After all, fear often lies in the unknown. The more you understand about helicopters, the less you’ll be afraid of them.

Here’s a simplified explanation of how a helicopter flies:

To make an analogy, if you open the window of a moving car, stretch out your arm and raise the palm of your hand against the rushing air, your arm will start to lift. This lifting force is similar to the force created by the spinning rotors of a helicopter, which allows it to rise into the air. A rear rotor is also used to steer the helicopter in different directions. The ability for a helicopter to rise straight up and down enable it to be landed in confined spaces.

Relaxation Techniques

Accepting that knowledge alone might not overcome your fear of a helicopter ride: you can try conventional relaxation techniques prior to a flight. Exercise often calms both body and mind, as does meditation or deep breathing.

In the days or weeks leading up to a helicopter flight, you could also try hypnotherapy. This is about achieving deep relaxation and confronting your fears while in a calm state. Often this is helpful, as normally you’ll only encounter phobias or fears in a state of panic.

If you really must fly but don’t believe you’ll overcome your anxiety, you can always discuss the issue with your GP, who may alleviate your problem with specific medicine.