A Seminar at ROC for Fearful Flyers
This seminar will offer information and techniques to reduce anxiety related to the experience of traveling via commercial aircraft.
In an informal, small-group setting attendees will get an exposure to intimidating or anxiety provoking circumstances in a non-threatening manner. They will be able to confront situations that cause them anxiety, and will learn techniques for dealing with these feelings. For example, muscle relaxation, breathing control, and imaging techniques will be utilized. The educational portions of the course are designed to help flyers understand aircraft, how they work, and the varied conditions of flight that are encountered. There will be an opportunity to examine a corporate turboprop aircraft as an example of how an airplane works, and a “day trip” graduation flight on a commercial airliner will be available as an option. A pre-course survey will help identify specific areas of concern to each participant. ROC is the host location for this course. Course design and fee is that of the Course Presenters.
2017 Course Schedule
Tuesday - March 14, Thursday - March 16 & Tuesday - March 21
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Three sessions for each Course.
Each session is three hours (with breaks).
Course Fee - $200
To Register -
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Introduction to Course
Exploration of Feelings about Flying- fears, phobias, anxiety
Strategies to make things better
Statistics, briefly, on safety of commercial aviation
How Airplanes Fly, and Why!
Field trip to South Side of Airport- Explore King Air 300 up close
Air Travel 2016- check-in, security, boarding, baggage
In the Air - take-off/landing, noise and other sensations, turbulence, your fellow passengers
Flight crew training and Passenger responsibilities
Behavioral Relaxation Technique Discussions
Field Trip - journey through Security Checkpoint, Boarding Gate, and Jetway
Homework - create a personal “checklist” for flying
The wonderful Air Traffic Control System (tower, controllers, radar)
Your Personal Pre-Flight Checklist
How about Drugs?
Wrap-up, course evaluation, award “wings”
Christine R. Wilmot, BA (Psychology), BS(Nursing), MPH (Occupational Health & Safety), MA (Theology) is a registered nurse with experience in Occupational Health, Public Health, and Psychiatric nursing. She worked at NASA in the field of Aerospace Medicine and is also a former Flight Attendant for United Air Lines. A private pilot and aircraft owner, she is also involved in religious/spiritual education and counseling.
David K. Broadwell, MD, MPH is a physician specialist in Internal and Aerospace Medicine. A former NASA and Army flight surgeon, he has spent the past twenty years as an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner here in Rochester, helping pilots with their medical certification for flying and doing aerospace consulting. He is an airline transport rated pilot, and for over fifteen years also operated a charter aircraft company based at the ROC airport.
The presenters have both been active members of the Aerospace Medical Association since the early 1980's.