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 ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir has announced the 1994 schedule for its award-winning "Fearful Flyers" program, a five-week course designed to help people who are afraid to fly become comfortable flyers.
 Classes are scheduled for 1994 in airports at 12 cities, four of them -- Fort Lauderdale, St. Louis, Hartford and Kansas City, for the very first time. The schedule is:
 -- Fort Lauderdale -- Jan. 18-Feb. 15
 -- Tampa -- Jan. 19-Feb. 16
 -- Baltimore/Washington (BWI) -- March 1-March 29
 -- Pittsburgh -- Feb. 24-March 24
 -- St. Louis -- April 14-May 12
 -- Rochester -- April 26-May 24
 -- Boston -- June 14-July 12
 -- Hartford -- June 23-July 21
 -- Kansas City -- Sept. 12-Oct. 10
 -- Philadelphia -- Sept. 28- Oct. 26
 -- Baltimore/Washington (DCA) -- Nov. 1- Nov. 29
 -- Greensboro -- Nov. 10-Dec. 15
 "Our program has a 95 percent success rate, as we discuss both the psychological factors and the mechanics of flying," said Carol Stauffer, a psychiatric social worker with more than 20 years of experience. "Many students are frequent flyers, who have developed their fear of flying over many years; in other cases, we have participants who have never flown or have not flown for many years."
 Stauffer, who holds a master of social work degree and also a degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, teaches the psychological part of the course. This includes a discussion of fears and phobias, relaxation training and thought stopping, a cognitive therapy.
 Fellow instructor Frank Petee, USAir's director of special projects- flight operations and a retired USAir captain, teaches the technical side. Other pilot instructors are USAir Capts. Al Jones and Gary Arlington. They explain how an aircraft operates and are maintained, the training that pilots and other operations personnel receive, weather conditions including turbulence and what the various sounds mean during flight.
 Petee was the co-pilot on All American Airways' first passenger flight back in 1949. All American was the predecessor airline to Allegheny and ultimately to USAir.
 "Several of our classes are conducted on board USAir aircraft at the gate, giving students a realistic, hands-on approach," said Petee. "They get a familiarization look at the cockpit and cabin and a `walkaround' inspection of the outside of the aircraft. They have the opportunity of talking with pilots and flight attendants about their duties and experiences in flight with USAir.
 Stauffer said the most popular part of the course is the one-hour graduation flight on board a USAir jet, a flight just for class members and their guests. "It's here that our students actually put the course to the test and move from being fearful to comfortable flyers," she said. After returning to the gate, the group celebrates their "graduation" with a champagne and cake party.
 Course materials given to participants include a tape of relaxation exercises, materials explaining aviation procedures and how an airplane flies, and the book "Fly Without Fear" (co-authored by Stauffer and Petee).
 The fee for the five-week course and the one hour graduation flight is $325. Each classmember may bring one other person on the flight at no additional cost. USAir makes no profit on the course, using proceeds to pay for course materials, instructor fees and expenses, and jet fuel for the hour-long graduation flight. All USAir employees who assist with classes in each city volunteer their time.
 Individuals interested in learning more about the program or in registering should contact Carol Stauffer, USAir Fearful Flyers Program, 412-366-8112, or write to Stauffer in care of USAir Fearful Flyers Program, P.O. Box 100, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
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 /CONTACT: USAir Corporate Communications, 703-418-5100/

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