A Special Announcement from the FOFC Board of Directors
The Fear of Flying Clinic's Board of Directors has decided that until further notice, we will only be offering our 1-day online workshop, along with the occasional graduation flight for those who have participated in the workshop.
Here's why we had to come to this decision. For years we have been able to host our workshops and clinics inside the Reflection Room at San Francisco International Airport. Because of the pandemic, that room is being utilized for COVID testing by medical companies that have contracted with the airport. SFO staff have not communicated to us when the Reflection Room will become available, only to say it won't be until some time next year.
The access to that room has proven to be irreplaceable. Having its use for a full weekend day, at no-cost, with the amenities of parking, food, etc., is just something FOFC staff could not find in another location in the San Mateo County area.
Beyond that, accessing other components of the Full two-weekend Clinic are also still challenging at this time. It is our sincere hope that these challenges resolve themselves next year as well.
The Board is well aware of the value of in-person facilitation for our workshops and clinics. However, we are also confident, that we can provide transformational information and support through an online workshop, as well as reaching fearful fliers from all across the country. Not only will you learn and get support from us at FOFC, but you can connect with your workshop-mates (if you want) for many travels to come.
Because above all, we want you to know you are not alone. Zoom is how we will connect for now. But we look forward to when we will be able to resume in-person events. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
Saturday, December 3, 2022. This will be our last workshop of the year. We hope you can make it!
Welcome to the
Fear of Flying Clinic
Are you afraid to fly? If so, you are not alone. Fear of flying is pervasive—and widely unaddressed. Experts estimate that it afflicts between 20-30% of the population, and so disruptively that 1 in 8 Americans deliberately avoids flying altogether.
But it doesn't have to be this way. We know you really do want to learn how to face your fears about flying and travel by air with less anxiety and more confidence.
That is where FOFC comes in to help. We're here to support you as you push past anxiety, panic, and dread—into relief and empowerment. If your fear of flying is holding you back from the life you want to lead, know that help is available. Your fear is real and important and it deserves your attention.
Additionally, as we have learned from the thousands of people we have helped over the years, your fear doesn't have to be isolating. Shedding the stigma of being a fearful flyer is an essential first step. Fear of flying affects all ages, all backgrounds, and all levels of flying experience.
Be reassured that you are not alone. FOFC provides a supportive community of which you are one of many who have been struggling with similar anxieties, shared fears and relatable set-backs. We are here to listen, educate, support and help you move forward with a strategy and plan that makes the skies a truly more friendly place to fly.
Our Mission and
FOFC's mission is to inform you about all aspects of flight, and replace your fears with solid aviation facts, utilizing a two-pronged approach: education plus behavioral change.
The Fear of Flying Clinic was the very first clinic of its kind in the U.S. and has been setting the benchmark for a high-quality, compassionate, fact-based approach. Since our beginning in 1976, FOFC has helped thousands of fearful fliers conquer an often debilitating phobia—redirecting them toward self-agency, facts, relief. In hands-on workshops and clinics, we provide tested tools and techniques to help clients address their specific fears. Our approach is tailored and factually rigorous.
The Clinic has given me something absolutely invaluable, which has touched other areas of my life: the courage to face a fear, the knowledge that 'I can!' It has given me the physical freedom which has broadened all my horizons. Thank you! — Danielle
I'm happy to report that the flight was a success! I was anxious during takeoff, but it lasted less than a minute or two. The breathing exercises really helped. The rest of the flight was uneventful for me and I even was able to get up and walk about the cabin a few times. You have no idea how big this is for me. I'm not cured by any stretch, but me and my wife are eternally grateful. I got my freedom back again and it's all thanks to you and the program. —Rich
I can't believe that I now make plans to go places I I had shut completely out of my life before. It's wonderful. Thanks for helping me open up the world again. — Margo
All the skills and knowledge I acquired from the Clinic really helped me. I feel better about myself and have already benefited professionally as a result of being able to fly again. — Nelson
Thank you so much for the amazing experience at the Fear of Flying Clinic! I learned so much from all of you and I can't thank you enough for all the support you provided during the clinic. I expected my anxiety to be 'cured' before the clinic, I see now that is not a realistic outcome, but I feel like I am in a much better position to identify and replace my irrational beliefs. Thank you all for giving me the tools and confidence to do so!" — Mica
Every client who takes one of our classes reports in their post class evaluation that our program helped them face their fear of flying in some way. Even if they don't take the graduation flight, they credit what they learn from FOFC as supporting their progress.