Treating Aerophobia

Many people are afraid of flying. This is a normal reaction to an unconventional environment, when the instinct of self-preservation kicks in. Most people can keep these fears under control quite easily but when the fear gets you, you experience what is called a phobia. Phobias have a profound negative effect on our life, and they must be addressed as serious concerns. Phobias are often detached from the objective reality; they are irrational. Someone with an aerophobia may have never flown before and never been in an air accident, but nevertheless, he or she is fearful of flying. He or she may very well be aware that riding in a car is potentially much more dangerous, yet still be unable to overcome this phobia.

Phobias being fears that one cannot control are considered disorders. These conditions need treatment so that their negative impact on human life is eliminated. Aerophobia, a fear of flying, is considered one of the most widespread phobias among residents of large cities.

Aerophobia imposes considerable limitations on the person’s ability to travel and may impair his or her professional and personal life.

Aerophobia sufferers are terrified of separate stages of the flight, such as takeoff or landing, moments of turbulence as well as the very thought of being high up in the air and placing their trust in the plane and the pilots.

During the flight they experience surges of natural fears for their safety, fears of not being able to control the process, and fears of death. In essence, they are not afraid of the flight per se; they are more concerned about not being able to control the environment, to guarantee their survival.

Treating Aerophobia

According to statistical data, some 20% of all people choose not to fly because of aerophobia. They are not able to deal with the fear on their own, and “home remedies” in the form of alcohol or powerful drugs often lead to unpredictable consequences.

Dream-Aero Company is happy to offer residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg a number of effective techniques to overcome these panic attacks. When their concerns about flying are effectively addressed, people go back to normal life and start traveling all over the world freely.

Flight simulators as means of treating aerophobia

A flight simulator creates virtual reality that fully imitates the flight situation. Controlled exposure to this artificially created reality helps people overcome their fears. By controlling the flight simulator, aerophobia sufferers get involved in controlling the situation, making it easier for them to overcome the panic attack. The same applies, for instance, to driving a car. The driver feels more confident and calm at the steering wheel than his or her passengers in the back.

Functionality of flight simulators

Flight simulators must recreate in minute detail the process of controlling the aircraft in flight. The person operating the simulator becomes familiar with a number of standard operations.

  • Take off.
  • Maintaining course.
  • Landing.

It is much harder, naturally, to control the aircraft in adverse weather conditions or during an emergency, but in our case we are not aiming to train people to become pilots. Our main goal is to help people get rid of aerophobia and panic attacks and stop viewing an ordinary flight as a terrible ordeal.