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Latest iPhone app - flying without fear

Afraid to fly?  There is a new iPhone app for that
Afraid to fly? There is a new iPhone app for that
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I have been flying for a long time now and I can thankfully say that I am not afraid of flying. On many, many occasions, I particularly do not enjoy it, but unfortunately, I have no other choice. However, that is a whole other rant for a different time.

But just when iPhone users thought they had seen all applications available, Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airline has introduced an app called "Flying Without Fear". I am not an iPhone user but on several instances, I had heard rumblings amongst my iPhone-toting fellow travelers that such an app was in the works. Looks like it has been launched just in time for the upcoming holiday (travel) season.

The app, developed by Mental Workout Software and based on Virgin Airline's Flying Without Fear course, is designed to assist travelers in conquering their fear of flying. It has a video introduction by Branson himself and the app also contains relaxation and breathing exercises, as well as FAQ's.

Branson was quoted as saying "Our first iPhone app will bring the benefits of our successful Flying without Fear course to millions of people around the world who are now using mobile technology to make their lives better".

So there it is, straight from the source. I think that if Virgin really wants to make your life better via cell phone hi-tech, then I suggest they have iPhone create an unlimited vodka-cranberry's on board app. Who knows, it might even mix well with the fear of flying app.

Thanks to Belinda Goldsmith of Reuters for the breaking story. For more info, check out:


  • Capt Tom Bunn LCSW 5 years ago

    First, I am the national Examiner who writes about fear of flying. I'm both an airline captain and a licensed therapist. I've worked for twenty-eight years to help thousands of people deal with fear of flying.

    This "app" is the same old stuff used at Pan Am in its course started in 1975 in a new wr-APP-er.

    It didn't work then - except for the mildest of cases - and it doesn't work now.

    The basis for the course, breathing exercises which - though useful on the ground - are useless for fear of flying in the air. The people who put this app together didn't even bother to check the research. To check the research yourself, search using the terms: georgia state fearful flyer

    There are programs that offer effective advanced help for fearful flyers. Unfortunately, this is not one.

  • Felipe 5 years ago

    Capt. Tom, thanks for the insight.

    I sort of suspected something like this might not be too efective, especially while up in the air. I am no expert by any means, but I do understand that a fear of any nature is horrifying.

    What caught my attention to this course is the fact that there is an "app" for that. It appears as if there is an app for just about anything.

  • Marek 3 years ago

    I found a new app that helps to overcome fear of flying: