Fearless Flyers

Fearless Flying 

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. 

2018 Course Schedule

March Dates TBD (Check Back Soon)

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Three sessions for each Course.

Each session is three hours (with breaks). 


Course Fee  - $200


To Register

Email: fearlessflying@frontier.com or

Call 585-244-5450 


Session 1

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 

Session 2

Air Travel 2017- 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 

Session 3

Review, Q&A 

The wonderful Air Traffic Control System (tower, controllers, radar) 

Your Personal Pre-Flight Checklist 

How about Drugs? 

Wrap-up, course evaluation, award “wings”


Course Presenters

            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.


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