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Patti's Flight to Fearlessness
"I had a paralyzing fear of flying. I did not get on a plane for 19 and a half years. I missed family events and even rode on a train with two kids under the age of 5 for over 40 hours each way because I would not, could not get on a plane. A little over five years ago I took Capt. Ron's class and my life has been forever changed.I was able to accept my dream job that required travel, I was able to go to Florida on two separate occasions for each of my parent's 80th birthdays and best of all, I was able to fly to Hawaii for my 50th birthday.None of the above would have happened without Capt Ron. I am forever in his debt." --Patti Oliver
If you're like Patti was, you probably can't imagine yourself on an airplane, in flight, with a big smile.
The Advanced Class is designed as a practical next step to followCleared for Takeoff LIVE.
Cleared for Takeoff 201, The Advanced Class, provides the opportunity to applythe tools and strategies that you learned inCleared for Takeoff LIVEin a safe environment created with the gathering of like-minded other fearful flyers under the guidance of Capt Ron Nielsen. While it is not a prerequisite to attendCleared for Takeoff LIVE,we strongly recommend it because changing the way you think--like improving your golf swing or tennis serve--is best facilitated by a little learning each day as opposed to a lot at one time.
Some of the benefits reported by past students:
Whether you are a "white-knuckle" flyer or an "avoider"--someone who will do ANYTHING to avoid flying--you will be glad you took the class.
TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE
Meet David Buccolo
David started coming to our classes over 5 years ago. Hes a retired school teacher and hadnt flown for decades. He flew regularly in the Marines but like so many fearful flyers, his comfort level changed and he became too anxious to fly. It was a couple years and multiple classes before David found the courage to get back into the air. He still comes to class to pay it forward but also to keep reinforcing the skills and strategies hes learned. And hes flown with the Advanced Classes 5 times now. Talk about determination. As a former high school teacher, David knows the importance of learning and commitment. Needless to say, David is flying fearlessly now -- and hes 79 years old! So, if you want to fly, you can. Just ask David!
Special Pre-flight Video and Preparations
The Advanced Class includesa special Advanced Class Preparation Webinar in the days prior to the flight. It is recorded for replay as well as download to keep with your for future reference.The purpose of the webinar is to prepare you for the specifics of this flight but can be used as a sort of Capt Ron in a box for any future flight. In addition, we will meet approximately 2 hours prior to departure time the day of the flight for a detailed and personalized briefing that includes the details of the upcoming flights.
One of the biggest benefits of the Advanced Class is the personal attention from Capt Ron whos flown the routes that we will fly during the Advanced Class many times and has an intimate knowledge of the routes we will be flying,the flight procedures we will be following, all the way down to the likelihood of turbulence. But perhaps the biggest benefit is the camaraderie that comes with flying with a group of like-minded fellow fearful flyers. With little or know effort, you will find you've become friends with people that just a few hours earlier were complete strangers.
All this knowledgeand experience merges to help you manage your expectations which is crucial to reducing anticipatory anxiet. Being able to manage yourexpectations is key to putting yourself in control of your thoughtsthe opposite of the out-of-control feelings that most fearful flyers experience.
Don't be alarmed by the jitters leading up to the flights. After all, your mind senses that you're serious about pushing through your fear of flying and may put up one last bit of anxiety. But, equally important is not to be surprised if withing a couple mintues after takeoff, you experience a sense of relief and serenity unlike anything you expected. That's very typical. And by the time we level off about 20 minutes into the flight, you may wonder what took you so long to take this step.
Once we land in Burbank, we typically find a spot in a little restaurant on the arrival concourse to debrief. On our April 22nd flight, however, we were able to schedule flights with less than an hour of ground time in Burbank, so we will proceed directly to our outbound gate and prepare to board. That's going to be fine because most of the time, everyone is so relaxed that they find themselves getting bored waiting for our return flight. Imagine being bored about flying!
Your Fearless Flight Back to Phoenix
The flight home is usually far different from the experience in the morning. Most flyers experience very few of the issues that once troubled themas recently as when they arrived at the airport that morning. Don't be surprised to see some of your classmates fall asleep on the way home. It's true! Maybe you will be one of those. (And Capt Ron has been known to capture a picture of anyone who falls asleepfor his scrapbook!)
After we deplane in Phoenix, well again have a short debrief before sending everyone off as fledgling Fearless Flyers! This includes a group picture and some heartfelt cheers.
Once we arrive back in Phoenix and deplane, we'll do a quick debrief and say our goodbye's. Tom Raasch, a formerly fearful flyer and someone who has now flown in the Advanced Class at least a half dozen times offered what has become a favorite quote of mine:
Tom was one of those who marveled at how surprised he was once he flew with us in the Advanced Class and the importane of actually flying.
Get the details here:
Time is of the essence as I limit the size of the Advanced Class and Southwest Airlines steadily moves the fares up as the flight date approaches.
One More Thing
We have purposely organized the classes such that you get at least oneopportunity to attendCleared for Takeoff LIVEbefore flying with the Advanced Class. In some cases, you will have two opportunities.
The nextCleared for Takeoff LIVEwill be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Then, anotherCleared for Takeoff LIVEis scheduled for Saturday,May 6, 2017 with the Advanced Class to follow on April 22, 2017. This allows you plenty of time to develop tools and strategies to get out of your chair and into the air!
Remember: The tuition is $150 and is payable for STUDENTS ONLY. Registration for spouses/partners/family/friends are free but limited to one unless you have special circumstances. Only students pay the tuition, but all students and coaches (spouses, partners, friends, family, etc) need to purchase a ticket.
If you want to leave your fear of flying on the ground, this is the best and most fun you'll have doing it!
What if I get to the airport and I don't feel like it's my day to fly?
Its rare, but it happens. I never push people to go beyond their limits. But consider this: The most difficult aspect of getting past fear can be going through it. And you have to go through your fear to get to the other side. Remember, Courage is not the absence of fear but rather going forward in the face of it. So if you dont fly on the day of class, youve taken a big step toward going forward in the face of your fear. Some of my biggest heroes are folks who did not fly the day originally scheduled but returned to fly in a subsequent class.
You will findinformation about this contingency in the information here:
Repeat Flyers - $100 Off!
Many graduates return to fly with us again and again to reinforce their skills and prevent relapsing. If you have previously taken the Advanced Class and would like to fly again:
Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mention you are a repeating flyer and request a special coupon code ($100 discount).
Go to www.southwest.com and purchase your ticket - IMMEDIATELY!
The Wanna Get Away Fare is VERY time sensitive; the closer the travel date is, the more expensive it becomes.
If you want to overcome your fear of flying, sooner or later youve got to get on the damned plane!
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