Flight Confidence

Flight Anxiety

Flight anxiety is a fear of flying that is so profound that it can prevent a person from travelling by air or cause great distress to a person when air travel is necessary. People who are affected by flight anxiety find flying terrifying and will go to extremes to avoid flying, which can sometimes be life-limiting.

Out tailor-made courses will help you to grow your knowledge of flying and develop your confidence in an aircraft, so that you too can enjoy the industry that we are so passionate about.

The Flight Confidence Course

The Flight Confidence Course was the brainchild of Nelson Aviation College Training Manager, Alan White who identified a need, particularly among business travellers. Many people either wanted to develop their confidence around flying or overcome real anxieties associated with it. Alan thought that Nelson Aviation College’s sophisticated simulator and experienced team of instructors could be of assistance.

Nelson Aviation College reached out to Jaron Steffens of Nelson based company mind+health solutions. Jaron is a highly qualified mental skills coach who works with individuals wanting to overcome the barriers associated with making lifestyle changes. Through this collaboration the Flight Confidence Course was developed.

The Flight Confidence Course is tailor-made to your specific needs and utilises our B737-800 simulator, experienced airline pilots and cabin crew, and qualified mental skills coaches.

Giving you the ability to...

  • Recognise barriers that are preventing you from achieving your goals and gain strategies to overcome them
  • Understand how fear and anxiety around flying prevent you from experiencing life, and learn strategies for recognising triggers and overcoming them
  • Gain a renewed positive direction into the future
  • Break unhealthy habits and create healthy habits
  • Clarify the goals that are specific to your needs to become confident in aircraft
  • Plan, prioritise and balance activities while travelling to decrease stress
  • Gain clear direction towards low stress travel

For more information contact the Training and Development Manager, Jackie Day at jday@nelson-aviation.co.nz

For more information about mind+health solutions go to https://www.mindplushealth.co.nz/ 

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves"


" I just wanted to let you both know I flew confidently and without any fear, prior to and during the recent flights I had.  I flew to Aussie with my youngest daughter and had to do 4 flights in total via Auckland. The knowledge I gained from your course & the sessions we had meant I was able to sit in the plane with no feelings of anxiety or fear. Even when the captain told the air hostesses to sit down, I was able to relax and go with it.  Thank you both, I honestly feel like I’m a new person being able to book tickets & fly without any of my previous anxiety & fear." - Penny H