The SOAR Fear of Flying Program

The fear of flying is not something that is easily understood or controlled, especially by those who feel the effects every time they go to the airport. Many passengers feel that the only way to deal with the problem is to either avoid flying as much as possible, or to deal with it alone. Both options have serious drawbacks, and make it difficult for the person experiencing the anxiety to enjoy the benefits of air travel or to experience a trip without experiencing stress.




Many people who have trouble with flying have tried "everything" on their own, tried therapy, tried medication, or even tried one or more fear of flying programs. They still have hope but they are very doubtful that anything will work. That doubt may be erased with a better approach. One of the approaches that I think works well is the SOAR program from airline captain and licensed therapist Tom Bunn. He has been directly involved with understanding and treating flying related anxieties since 1980 when he became part of the first fear of flying at a major U.S. airline. Two years later in 1982, Captain Bunn founded SOAR to help passengers overcome their fear of flying by helping them to understand their anxieties, and more importantly how to overcome them.

During his career, he has helped over 5,000 overcome difficulty with flying. When he was first involved in his airline's fear of flying program, he was disturbed to see that substantial numbers of participants who successfully completed the course, and even their "graduation flights," were still very anxious about flying. This inspired him to improve these kinds of fear of flying programs by including innovative concepts from behavioral psychology into the course. This innovation finally came to fruition after he founded SOAR in 1980, and continues up to today.

His improvements has come through hard work and years of research. Unlike many of the fearful flying programs that are now available, Captain Bunn's program is based on scientific analysis and research, by Captain Bunn and others. Starting with studies by the University of Tennessee in the 1980s as well as his own academic work. In order to offer the most effective help possible, he completed graduate school to become a therapist. He spent five additional years in training at psychological institutes, finally developing a therapy that has made it possible for everyone to fly. Captain Bunn has also refined how he works with fearful flyers, allowing anxious passengers to tailor their therapy to their needs.

Captain Bunn doesn't do all of this alone. One of his organization's key people is Lisa Hauptner, the vice president and director of SOAR. After taking the course 15 years ago, she earned a masters degree in counseling, eventually becoming a licensed therapist and certified addictions counselor who practices group and individual psychotherapy in upstate, New York, and who is also an adjunct psychology professor at Pace University.

Lisa began working with SOAR in 1992. She is a former fearful flier who prior to her work with SOAR had a career as an investment consultant that demanded lots of air travel. She felt so strongly about her own successful results with the program on her previous career's travel requirements that she teamed up with Captain Bunn to run SOAR. As a former SOAR customer, she understand both sides of the story--the person who is terrified of flying and the person who knows that SOAR works.

SOAR Relief Options

You can get this information in several convenient formats: on DVD, on MP4 (play on your iPod, iPad, or other MP4 player), or view online using your computer. Check out the following choices to see what SOAR has to offer:


Rapid Relief - Are you flying soon, like tomorrow or the next day? Rapid Relief allows you to:

  • Watch immediately on your computer
  • Get effective help in 90 to 190 minutes
  • View 18 key videos from the SOAR Video Course
  • Get free 20 minute session with Captain Bunn

    Rapid Relief is priced from: $199.95

Complete Relief - Are you flying in three to ten days? Then you may want to go with a more comprehensive Complete Relief option where you can:

  • Watch immediately on your computer an
  • Get effective help in 90 to 190 minutes
  • View 40 key videos from the SOAR Video Course (more than twice as many)
  • Get free 20 minute session with Captain Bunn
  • Special bonus (see below)

Complete Relief Bonus: "Take Me Along" program for your iPod Captain Bunn explains everything you hear and feel as you hear and feel it - so you will know everything is OK. This bonus will:

  • Help you with anxiety before the flight
  • Help you stay calm during check in
  • Help you relax in the boarding lounge
  • Show you what pilots do during takeoff
  • Explain why turbulence is not a problem
  • Show you how signals from the runway bring the plane to the perfect landing spot

With the Take Me Along bonus, you will never fly alone again! Let Captain Bunn reassure you moment by moment throughout your flight. Anxious fliers say they don't know how they got along without "Take Me Along."
Complete Relief is priced from: $299.95


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For more on the SOAR program, and for other information about fear of flying, please visit SOAR.


Resources
Fear of Flying Basics
Fear of Flying Warning Signs
Karen's Fly Without Fear Q&A - Reviews of fear of flying programs
Fear Of Flying Forum
Overcome Your Fear of Flying: An Interview with Tom Bunn
Download AirSafe.com's Fear of Flying Resources
Become a SOAR fear of flying program affiliate


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The SOAR Fear of Flying Program
http://airsafe.com/issues/fear/soar.htm -- Revised 10 December 2011