Most of us want to fly and most importantly fulfil our childhood dream of being at the controls of the aircraft. However, we often find ourselves saddled with the fear of flying (aviophobia). In this post, we discuss how you can overcome the fear of flying and brief stats on aviation- as well as road accidents.
Understand that flying is safe
Aviation accidents are extremely rare. This explains why even an accident or incident involving a small aircraft receives so much publicity and often makes it in air crash investigation documentaries. As much as possible, avoid these docies. Look for example, at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) statistics: There were only three aviation accidents per one million departures in year 2018. As you can see from the graph below, this number has been for the most part decreasing since year 2008.
In contrast to the above statistics, the World Health Organisation’s global health observatory data states that at least 1.25 million people worldwide died in road accidents in year 2013 alone. This means that you are 100 times more likely to die in a car accident than in an air crash. For example, according to the WHO, in year 2017, the number of people who died in road accidents in Malawi rose to 5,884. Moreover, according to an article in the press, road accidents in Malawi increased to 35 percent in 2018. Not even one person died in an air crash in both years!
Face your fears by taking to the skies
Studies show that exposure therapy, that is to say facing what makes us fear, may help to overcome the fear itself. By booking a discovery flight and having our pilot take you to the skies, you can overcome your fear of flying. You may even develop the passion for flying!
To get the most from your exposure therapy flight, make yourself comfortable by asking questions. We encourage you to start on the ground before the engine is even started. Get around the aircraft and find out about the various components and flight surfaces. This is one way of building a mental picture of how the principles of flight are, and how they apply to your particular aircraft.
By resting well the night before your flight, you get on the plane refreshed and with reduced chances of airsickness and hypoxia. At Eastrise, we do not allow people to fly while hungry, drunk, ill, or facing challenges such as sinus infections. We want to make flying enjoyable – and we will!