The Pegasus Foundation's Programs Will Help Your Aerophobia
Content Circa 2001
It appears from the glowing testimonials found in the archived pages of the Pegasus Foundation's website, there are many thankful people who are now able to board a commercial airline and fly from point A to point B.
The Pegasus Foundation is composed of licensed commercial airline Captains and licensed Psychotherapists dedicated to helping fearful flyers and the care giving professionals who serve them. PEG-a-sus is the legendary flying horse of ancient Greek mythology, the symbol of the beauty and freedom of flight.
The Pegasus Foundation is a Not-for-Profit Corporation founded for the express and singular purpose of providing training programs and related materials to fearful flyers and the professional caregivers (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, EAP program managers, and corporate training departments) who serve them. Future versions will be made available in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Japanese and Italian.
Pegasus Programs are available now at the request of both caregivers or fearful flyers themselves. Pegasus programs are designed to fit the myriad schedules of caregiver and fearful flyer alike. There is no better time than right now to order Pegasus training materials.
I returned last week from my first airline flights in 20 years! They were marvelous. This is actually a double celebration. The first is for my being able to fly again without paralyzing fear and the second is for surviving a malfunction of the IVC filter I had implanted to prevent blood clots from reaching my lungs. With the help of my IVC lawyer I have also been able to claim some recompense for my unnecessary pain and suffering that occurred when pieces from the filter broke off and lodged in my lung. I nearly died from the medical device that was suppose to help me! I just want other people to know about the IVC filter. The FDA updated their safety communication in 2014, stating most IVC filter devices should be removed between the 29th and 54th day after implantationâ€‹. Well, that warning came too late for me. I guess I was lucky in the sense that I didn't die from either blood clots or the medical device. I am ok now as is evidence from my recent flight. Now for the back story for my second celebration: flying again.
After a particularly turbulent series of flights in the 1970's, I slowly developed a generalized phobia about flying. This grew to the point where I could not even tolerate the thought of entering an airplane for flight. It goes without saying that this phobia very seriously hindered both my career and my social life. As soon as an employer began speaking about my next assignment which would involve travel, I had to come up with excuses about how that assignment "just wasn't right for me" or begin describing how "I just love to drive".
Well, I got a request for a job interview in Los Angeles several weeks ago which had the potential for changing my lifestyle dramatically for the better -- a job which I've been dreaming of for years. But the thought of flying to the interview just made me cringe. It was at that time that I made up my mind that I would have to get over this fear of flying.
As you know, I then ordered a copy of your Tri-Media program.
It worked marvelously. By the time I was waiting in the boarding area for the outbound flight, I literally couldn't wait to get on the plane. The old joy that I used to feel when flying returned with a gusto. Needless to say, the outbound and inbound flights were both a joy rather than a fear inspiring experience.
In preparation for the outbound flight, I watched the video tape three times, read the manual and listened to the audio tape at least 7 or 8 times. What I found most helpful was the side of the audio tape entitled "The Flight". It literally provided a walk-though of what to expect while on the plane. As the tape says, all of those mysterious hydraulic whirrings, bumps, thrums, etc. that you hear while flying lost their mysteriousness and actually became fun, as I clicked off in my mind what the pilot was doing. When the hydraulic noises started, sure enough, the leading edge of the wing was being lowered and/or the spoilers were being raised. ( I had reserved a wing/window seat) After the lights flickered, the air-conditioning did come on.
The Pegasus program has literally changed my life. I feel so much better about myself now that I've mastered the fear of flying phobia and in fact I've already booked a second round-trip to the same destination. And guess what. I've joined 2 frequent flier clubs!!
Thanks again for your remarkable program. I hope that it will be of as much benefit to others as it has been for me.
A.W. – Michigan
Thank you again for speaking with me this morning, Captain Linsley. I forgot to say the most important thing I had on my mind because I'm very cognizant of taking up too much of your time.
What I wanted to say is that I'm amazed that someone who loves to fly can have any empathy for those who fear flying (much less dedicate themselves to helping them so generously and selflessly!). You're truly a blessing and your Pegasus Program is an invaluable help. I've been growing in fear of each flight for the past 10 years or so and this is the first trip in all that time, that my visit home to family hasn't been clouded over with worry and fear!
I'll call you after the round-trip has been completed to report in with how I did. Sometime you'll have to let me know how you got involved with helping fearful flyers -- right now, I'm just glad you did!!
M.V. - New York
Dear Captain Linsley,
I wanted to give you a big "THANKS" - for giving me the tools to help get my freedom back!
I was determined to get over my fear of flying. I even booked a flight to Reno, NV from the Oak-land Int'l Airport (45 minute flight) to face my fears. Then I found the Pegasus Foundation on the web. We spoke briefly the night of April 30th and I ordered the Tri-Media Kit. I have to admit, I was skeptical at the time.
I received the kit a few days later and watched the video, read the text and listened to the audio tape. I must have combed through Chapter 10 a dozen times, each time wondering if I had done the right thing.
On May 15th, the night before my trip, I was unable to watch the video like I planned due to a small emergency at home. I didn't get to bed until late and the next day I woke up a little later than I wanted to so I didn't watch the video that morning, either. Instead, I took the text, a business card with FACE, PLACE etc. written on it and a picture of my daughter taken at Disneyland in a silly hat to help me concentrate. We got to the terminal 1· hours early, had a light breakfast, and relaxed in the terminal. I practiced breathing, isometrics, concentration etc. while in the terminal. When we boarded, I continued with the breathing and read Chapter 10 to determine what phase our flight was in and assure myself everything was NORMAL, SAFE, and PREPARED FOR. When we began take-off, I closed my eyes and did the breathing exercises as well as FACE, PLACE etc. After a few moments I opened my eyes and we were up in the air and turning away from the airport without my knowing! During the flight, I concentrated on my daughter's picture and continued to read Chapter 10 for assurance and didn't get antsy when I heard the wing flaps move or the wings dip in a turn, something that I would have been petrified at before! Even when we hit turbulence over the Sierra Mountains it didn't bother me; I kept telling myself the pilots are trained and prepared for this. It was such an enjoyable flight, I swear I will never drive (which normally takes 4 hours) to Reno again! And, I got to get a bird's eye view of the Sierras with fresh snow on top of them - it was gorgeous!
Thank you so much! I have a business trip to Phoenix, AZ in two weeks and going back to Reno next month! After that, who knows? All I know is now I have the confidence and the tools to get there, and I wanted to show you my gratitude. I will recommend your program to any one I ever meet that is afraid to fly!!! It is the most reasonably priced in comparison to other alternatives and the results are well worth it!
Thank you again!!! And, please feel free to use anything in this letter as a testimonial!
N. L. - San Lorenzo, CA
Dear Capt. Dave:
Ordering the Tri-Media Kit from you was one of the best and most important steps I've taken in a long time. Although I was definitely at a point of willingness to face this fear, I don't think I could have done it without the help I specifically received from the video, book and tape. For me the entire program worked together perfectly, but I believe the most beneficial part was the explanation of how flight occurs.
After I received the kit I decided to attempt flying again. Waiting for the first plane was difficult, but I used what I had been taught and it worked. After the first takeoff I really had hopes for myself, and during the return flight home I was honestly like a different person. I actually enjoyed it. You have no idea what a change that is. Thank you.
L.S. - Charleston, SC
I just returned from a short one week vacation with my two children to Northern California. We all flew from Ontario, CA to Reno, NV stopping in San Jose. It was my first flight since purchasing the program a couple of months ago, and my first flight in over six years. The flight and subsequent vacation were great. My fear was dramatically reduced after following the steps outlined in your program. The common sense information, self-help suggestions, and relaxation techniques all helped me control my reactions to the airline environment.
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful program and continued success in the future! You are all to be congratulated! (Me too, by the way!) I consider this one of the most challenging situations I have ever faced, and without your help, I'm not sure I would have ever faced my fear. You're right: "Knowledge is confidence..."
"Just returned from Brazil. Great flight! I couldn't have done it without you. Just wanted you to know how much your program means to me. I'm actually looking forward to my next flight!"
A.C. - Los Angeles
"Our flight was wonderful, and so was I! Many thanks. I am so proud of myself! I have sung the praises of your course to all those I have met. MANY, MANY, THANKS! P.S. I still have the flight home - but I feel great about it!
B.K. - New Jersey
"Your patience and willingness to answer all questions openly and candidly was much appreciated by all."
T.L. - Chicago
"This was the first time I was not ashamed to say that I was afraid of something. You made me feel proud of what I was doing, instead of defensive."
H.B.- New Jersey
"I would highly recommend your program to anyone fearful of flying."
L.L. - New York
"We flew to Hawaii, and even flew in a helicopter there. I found the Tri-Media Kit very useful."
M.N. - Boise
"I particularly liked the check list in the back of the text. It really kept me focussed and organized."
C.L. - Florida
Dear Captain Linsley:
I would like to thank you for sending me the Tri-Media Kit. The exercises, the video and audio presentations, and the text made a big difference in my life. It has helped me to dispel some of my fears of flying. I have just completed trips to Florida and Mexico and your kit was of immense help. I still struggle with some of my fears, but I am progressing every day with your help. I would like to personally thank you.
P.V.- Las Vegas, NV
"You've changed my life! I don't know how I'll ever be able to thank you enough."
T.K.- Los Angeles