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What is fear of flying? More than physical safety,
it is also emotional safety. Fear, panic, and claustrophobia can develop when not in control. SOAR stops these feelings automatically.


As both a licensed therapist and airline captain, I've specialized in the treatment of fear of flying for thirty years, and developed methods that are far more effective in treating fear of flying than those found anywhere else.


It has been years since I've worked with an anxious or even terrified flier I could not help. I'm sure I can help you overcome your fear of flying, too.

Captain Tom Bunn



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Accelerated fear of flying courses are ideal if you are flying soon or for less severe fear of flying.


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Our full fear of flying programs are available in separate parts as well as a guaranteed fear of flying course with two counseling sessions.

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What our clients say



TickPut me down as another SOAR graduate. Words just cannot express what this has done for my life." J.W.


TickThe positive results spilled over
into other fear/areas of my life that had nothing to do

with flying...


TickThere's really nothing else for me to say except a most sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU! Cathy


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The SOAR Guaranteed Fear of Flying Program includes all 11 DVDs and 2 hours of counseling for fear of flying with SOAR founder and licensed therapist Captain Tom Bunn LCSW.


After completing the 11 SOAR fear of flying DVDs and the counseling, if you are not satisfied with the improvement when you fly, you will receive a full refund.


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Biggest Fear

Thank you, Captain Tom for helping me face my biggest fear.



Fear of being sucked out plane

It's such a small price to pay for the peace of mind, and to be able to travel and enjoy life...



Make up years of lost time

I feel like I have to make up for all those years of "lost" time! None of this would have been possible without the SOAR program. I no longer have that anxiety....



Possible to fly without fear

It is possible to fly without fear, and I had not thought I would be able to do this after 35 years...





Browse thousands of messages posted on our fear of flying forum by people dealing with anything from mild flight anxiety to severe fear of flying. We invite you to leave messages as you begin to conquer your fear of flying.


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We host a live fear of flying chat every Weds at 9pm EST. hosted by Lisa and Captain Tom



Fear Of Flying Courses



A Historical Perspective


The first fear of flying courses were presented at Pan Am by Captain Truman Cummings and at USAir by Captain Frank Petee and therapist Carol Stauffer in 1975. These fear of flying courses assured clients that flying is safe and that relaxation exercises would control the fear. At the end of a course, participants were encouraged to fly as a group. Those who took the group flight were counted in the “success rate” even though when they attempted to fly later on their own, most were no better off. Without the support of their group and without continuous reassurance by a pilot that everything is fine, they could not control their feelings.

In these courses, pilots explained that flying is remarkably safe and that crashes are very rare. That does not stop fear or anxiety.


When stress hormones are released, the brain is supposed to self-regulate arousal automatically and unconsciously. To make up for a deficit in automatic self-regulation, a person tries to avoid situations where he or she is not in control.


This strategy may suffice on the ground. In fact, the need to be in control can lead to success in business, law, or medicine. But, this strategy does not work in the air. Thoughts of the remote possibility of disaster can trigger the release of stress hormones. Stress hormones are released in turbulence. The plane drops again, and agaiin, releasing stress hormones. Breathing exercises do nothing. Stress hormones build up, resulting in high anxiety, panic, or even terror.


Amazingly, therapists and fear of flying courses still tell people they can rely on breathing/relaxation exercises.


Captain Bunn, who was a volunteer at the Pan Am course, recognized that breathing exercises were ineffective, and that if fear of flying was to be conquered, more effective methods would have to be developed. In 1982, he founded SOAR and spent over thirty years researching and developing effective methods of treatment. Elsewhere, mental health professions and the courses run by pilots and by airlines, offer outdated and ineffective treatment methods from the 1970s.



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Capt Tom Bunn


Captain Tom Bunn

Captain Tom Bunn, a retired airline captain and licensed therapist, is President & founder
of SOAR, Inc with 30+ years helping clients with fear of flying.

Captain Tom Bunn worked on the first fear of flying program at Pan Am until founding SOAR in 1982 to develop more effective methods in dealing with fear of flying.


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Lisa Hauptner


Lisa Hauptner

Lisa Hauptner is Vice President & Director of SOAR, Inc. Lisa overcame her own fear of flying after completing the SOAR program. She was so confident in its life-changing approach, she joined SOAR in helping others conquer fear of flying. Lisa is also a licensed therapist & certified addictions counselor.


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SOAR Fear of Flying in the News



Time Magazine


Germanwings Plane Crash.


BBC World Service



Radio Discussion with Captain Tom Bunn regarding Germanwings incident


Fox News

Fox news asks aviation and search-and-rescue experts what clues can help locate Malaysian crash.



Yahoo! Travel

After a Plane Starts to Fall Apart Mid-Air, Travelers Wonder: How Safe Are We, Really?

Ten Fear of Flying Facts


1. One person in three has some degree of fear of flying.
2. One person in six is unable to fly due to fear of flying.
3. The average age at which this fear develops is twenty-seven.
4. Anticipatory anxiety before flying is often worse than feelings when flying.
5. For many fearful fliers, the most difficult part of the flight is cruise.
6. Cruise is difficult because of turbulence and feeling up high.
7. The term fear of flying is in common usage due to the title of a novel.
8. Fear of flying may include claustrophobia and fear of in-flight panic.
9. Landing is often a relief because the emotional ordeal is almost over.
10. Whatever fear of flying means to you, SOAR can relieve the problem.




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