Overcome your fear of flying ! (group method)

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Welcome in our group method dedicated to aviophobia where you can learn to control your fear on board of a Boeing 737 simulator with the guidance of a psychologist. This method is due to take place on specific dates with groups of six persons for each day.

Date(s) : complete (next edition in 2018)

Language : French

Program (check the complete details below) :

  • Step 1 : Survey form (to fill in before)
  • Step 2 : Technical Course (+ lunch)
  • Step 3 : Flight session in our simulator
  • Option : Journey aboard a real plane (subject to availabilities)
  • Option : Follow-up with our psychologist
  • Option : Extra-flight sessions in our Boeing 737

Contact :

  • simcontact@bfsim.com
  • (+32) 2 720 85 13

Presentation :

Each year, more than 30 million commercial flights circulate above our heads, carrying 3,3 billion people, each of them travelling on average 1865 kilometers (DGAC statistics, 2014).

According to a serie of independant studies (Van Gerwen, 2004 ; Bor, Eriksen & Oakes, 2009), an estimated average from 10 to 30% of people can develop a certain form of aviophobia at one point in their life.

The intensity of such fear can strongly differ, starting from a sick-feeling in the stomach that can turn into a panic attack with evident signs as palpitations, sweat and trembling.

Over time, this fear can have negative effects on both professionnal and private life of the person. In general, it is considered that 3 out of 4 persons suffering from anxious signs related to aviophobia choose not to to overcome their fear of flying.

Today, Brussels Flight Simulators, located near Brussels Airport, provides people with its professional infrastructure and Boeing 737-800 NG simulator in order for them not only to learn more about aviation but also try to overcome their fear thanks to a theoretical and practical course under the supervision of flight professionals and a psychologist.

The “Happy2Fly” method is divided into a serie of steps (more info below) and makes the most of a professional location where people from all horizons can come and test their fear on board of a Boeing 737-800 NG simulator, certainly the most-affordable of its kind in Belgium.

Book your method below & welcome on board !


Step 1 : Survey form

After your registration and payment are confirmed, you receive a list of questions to fill in before the day of the method.

It will enable our main psychologist, M. David Van Walleghem, to have a pre-understanding about your type of fear and to prepare the best way possible for your interview.

Step 2 : Technical course
  • 9:00 – 09:30 : “welcome on board” & method introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:30 : presentation talk & psychological aspects of aviophobia
  • 10:30 – 10:45 : coffie break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 : principles of flying & aspects of aviation safety
  • 12:00 – 12:30 : Q&A session
  • 12:30 – 1:30 : lunch (included)
Step 3 : Flight session in our Boeing 737 simulator
  • 1:30 – 5:00 : flight sessions (30 minutes / person with an operator)
  • 2:00 – 5:00 : debriefing with a psychologist (30 minutes / person)
  • 5:00 – 6:00 : final debriefing in group

Group members who are not in control of the Boeing or in debriefing can either choose to attend the other sessions or rest in our lounge room.

OPTION : Return trip on a real plane

After the theory on the ground comes the practice in the air.

You are invited to embark for a short return trip aboard a real plane with one of our psychologists to experiment theoretical and practical notions learned on the ground and in the Boeing 737 simulator.

This flight can either be done in a civil airliner or in a smaller aircraft (ex : Cessna) depending on several factors (weather conditions, budgets, availabilities, etc.).

OPTION : Follow-up with a psychologist

Once your method is over, one of our pyschologists remains at your disposal for personal meetings if you wish to receive more advice or plan to take on a airplane trip in the days / weeks that follow.

If you are interested in starting a follow-up, you can contact M. David Van Walleghem, via e-mail (psy.vanwalleghem@gmail.com) or mobile (+32 (0) 474 40 12 12).

Price : 59€ / Hour

OPTION : Extra-flight session in our boeing 737 simulator

If you wish (or need) to spend more time on board of our flight simulator, extra-flight session(s) can be booked on a date and time of your choice.

A session can also coincide with a real flight for wich you would like to be fully prepared.

Price : 119€ / hour

Additional information


01/12/2017, 02/12/2017