Our modern world is filled with quick “twitter type” bursts of information. We can get instant answers to our questions on Wikipedia or by simply watching a short Youtube video. So when it comes to fear of flying, are fear of flying books even necessary?

Yes! If you're an anxious flyer, fear of flying books can be your best friend.


Because we learn differently from books - books take us on a journey of understanding and give us an opportunity to reflect and internalize topics deeply. Which is especially useful when dealing with a complex topic like fear of flying.

If your anxiety about flying is high (like mine was) chances are that a single video or a Facebook post will probably not get rid of your hesitations about flying. If you’re really committed to beating your fear of flying, you’ll need to do more. One way to do that is by reading some of the top fear of flying books currently on the market.

When I was trying to overcome my own fear of flying, I read all the fear of flying books I could find on the subject. Not only did reading these books give me many necessary tools to beat my flying anxiety, but they gave me the confidence and hope that it WAS possible to conquer my fear of flying.

However not all fear of flying books are created equal. Frankly, some of the books I found were pretty useless. But there were a few books that had a huge impact on me and really helped me.

Below is a list of my top fear of flying books of all time. Even though these books take a number of different approaches, they all help you do one thing: Change the way you think and feel about flying.

I hope you enjoy the process!

Cockpit Confidential

By Captain Patrick Smith

In Cockpit Confidential Patrick Smith, an airline pilot, covers the nuts and bolts of flying and debunks common myths about air travel. His approach to calming nervous passenger comes from revealing all there is to know about the aviation industry. If you want to educate yourself on aviation then this is the book for you!

The book covers a wide range of topics including how planes fly, safety, turbulence, pilot training, and many others. The author takes a humorous approach and offers a unique and intimate perspective on the modern world of aviation.

This book is a must-have for anyone who is even a little bit nervous about the safety of flying.


By Captain Tom Bunn

In SOAR, Captain Bunn - a retired pilot and psychologist - takes a clinical approach to dealing with a fear of flying. He uncovers the inner workings of how fear is processed in our brain and how you can short-circuit that process.

In addition to going over how flying works and why it is safe, Captain Bunn teaches you: How to strategically plan your flight, how to choose the right airlines and a number of strategies to stop or eliminate flight fear and anxiety.

Captain Bunn also reveals how anxiety, claustrophobia, and panic are caused when noises, motions, or even the thought of flying trigger excessive stress hormones (fear). He then proceeds to teach us how to permanently and automatically stop this fear producing cycle.

Flying without Fear

By Duane Brown

Flying without Fear is a comprehensive guidebook to combat the fear of flying that’s based on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. The program in this book will prepare you for every sight, sound, and sensation you will experience in the airplane and at the airport. It will provide you with techniques to help you relax, and manage pre-flight stress.

The updated edition also includes new information that addresses concerns about terrorism and airport security measures adopted after 9/11.

Flying without Fear 101

By Richard Conway and Paul Tizzard

Written by co-founders of the Virgin Atlantic Airlines course, “Flying Without Fear” is a guide written in Question & Answer format. It gets straight into answering questions directly taken from real people suffering from flight-related anxieties. The answers include a mixture of explanation of the underlying causes, as well as strategies to help you overcome the problematic area. Though rich in information, the book is written in a light-hearted and conversational way, making it an easy read.

The Easy Way to Enjoy Flying

By Allen Carr

Allen Carr (author of a bestselling guide to stopping smoking), uses his unique approach to help us remove the cause of fear of flying rather than it's symptoms.

Carr breaks down the problem of fear of flying and presents it in a unique light. He dissects the mental processes behind fear of flying and takes a deep look into what causes fear of flying in most people. The material is a mixture of instructions and useful information and education around aviation.

This book is not only thought stimulating but it’s an easy read. Throughout the book, Carr provides anecdotal stories to illustrate his points, making it easier understand and relate to as a reader.

Fear of Flying Workbook

By David Carbonell

David Carbonell has been running fearful flyer workshops for over 20 years and brings his knowledge and experience to the readers in this book.

In Fear of Flying Workbook Carbonell explains the incorrect ways that most of us deal with our fears. To counter this vicious cycle he encourages us to explore the reasons behind our own fear. He does this by providing specific questions to help us uncover these reasons.

His book combines cognitive behavioral therapy with acceptance and commitment therapy. This combinational approach is very effective at removing the underlying causes of the fear thereby changing our response to the usual fear triggers.

Flying with Confidence

By Patricia Furness-Smith and Captain Steve Allright

Co-written by a phobia expert, and a pilot from British Airways' Flying with Confidence course, this guide’s approach is to both educate the reader on everything air travel and provide a “psychological toolbox” to defeat fear of flying.

The book goes into detail about the different stages of flight and what can be expected. Additionally, this book teaches us how to recognize cabin noises, manage turbulence, and handle flying in bad weather conditions. The psychological tools give the reader a number of techniques for controlling anxiety, claustrophobia, and panic.

While there are some overlapping themes that can be found, each of the books mentioned provides a unique take on beating your fear of flying.


While many of us fearful flyers want a quick fix to our flying phobia, the reality is that it’s a complex topic. To completely overcome our fear of flying we need to dive deeper.

The 7 Fear of flying books mentioned above are all abundant sources of information that allow you to go deeper into the subject. These books will provide you with practical tools and highly effective approaches to overcome your flight anxiety once and for all.