Dial A Pilot allows nervous travelers to speak with a pilot about their fears and concerns when it comes to flying.

Here’s how you can talk to a pilot online if you have flight anxiety

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  • Published on January 29, 2024

This year saw the introduction of the Dial a Pilot service, which puts pilots in touch with anxious passengers so that they can talk about their fears.

Those who struggle with aviophobia – the intense fear or dislike of flying – can call a pilot to calm their nerves. The brilliant concept originated from a group of pilots who offered to spend 15 minutes on the phone with their nervous close circle of friends to explain the entire flight experience, from takeoff to landing.

The introduction of Dial A Pilot, a groundbreaking service that launched in 2023, offers a unique opportunity for anxious travelers to engage in personalized conversations with experienced pilots.

According to Travel + Leisure, Kyle, the company’s founder and a pilot with over 10 years of experience at a major U.S. airline, said the idea struck him during a conversation with his sister-in-law.

“She would always call me before her flights,” Kyle shared with the outlet. “And we would talk about the turbulence. We talked about airplanes and the best times of day to fly. We talked about what the noises were.”

Upon engaging in conversation with a fellow pilot, an enlightening revelation dawned upon him – he discovered he was not the sole individual tasked with describing the intricacies of air travel.

In a candid statement, Kyle expressed his realization that a significant number of individuals harbor a deep fear of flying, coupled with a lack of comprehension surrounding this common phobia.

“It hit me that there’s a lot of people that are, one, afraid of flying, and [they] just don’t quite understand it,” Kyle elaborated. “And there’s a lot of people on the other side of that. The pilots that understand it well, love talking to the passengers, and would be happy to make themselves available.”

The service is easy to use. All you have to do is visit their website, dialapilot.com, and schedule a 15-minute call for whenever it suits you. Connecting to a pilot who flies anything from 747s to commuter jets will cost you $50.

According to the expert, turbulence remains the primary concern, stemming from a fundamental lack of comprehension regarding its origins and underlying causes. Kyle noted that in the event of an engine failure, multiple safety measures are implemented to ensure the aircraft’s uninterrupted progress.

Evie Blanco, a seasoned entertainment journalist who has transitioned to travel writing, has a distinguished career spanning almost ten years. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the vibrant and diverse city of Queens, New York, she has experienced the best of both worlds. She is passionate about many forms of aesthetic expression, including contemporary architecture, and is also quite knowledgeable about hip-hop music, culture, and its history. Evie enjoys writing about various travel-related topics, including exciting new foreign places to visit, festivals, new family-owned restaurants, and even recently renovated hotels. She can be reached at evieblanco@detourxp.com.

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