Talaat Captan’s Air Hollywood Offers Fearless Flight Classes to Fearful Fliers and Autistic Children

Several years ago, Talaat Captan, founder of Air Hollywood, found himself in a turbulent experience up in the air, which inspired him to launch the fear-of-flying classes in 2014.

He was flying from New York to Tokyo when one of the motors on the 747 fizzled and the plane had to make a crisis landing in Anchorage in an awful tempest. It took him years to cope up before forcing himself onto a plane once again.

Captan calculated that his studio — with its ersatz air terminal, four wide-body planes, 10,000-square-foot prop house, and the air turbulence test system — could be the ideal ambiance to recreate a genuine aviation experience.

Priding itself on being the “Safest Airline in the World,” Air Hollywood offers classes called “Open Sky for Autism” to support mentally unbalanced (autistic) children and their folks adapt to the stress of flying.

There’s additionally a K9 school that offers training to proprietors and their canine companions to fly with insignificant stress. A postcard for the class shows two retriever pups sitting in the cockpit.

The Need for Flying Classes

These fly-safe classes cost around $200 and go on for two days. Captan likes to say that this venture is half altruistic and half business.

Given that there are around 60 million people suffering from some kind of fear of flying, these classes help those fearful fliers who desperately need it.

Most fearful fliers prefer to take another means of traveling, while some called “white knucklers” depend upon medication and therapy to deal with symptoms related to fear of flying, such as sweaty palms, insomnia, and anxiety.

While combining Air Hollywood, known for its reputable studio to film famous flight scenes, with Open Sky for Autism might seem like an odd juxtaposition, it is only going to help people cope with the fear of flights, while helping those unfortunate autistic kids, who’ve never sat on a plane, a chance to experience what it feels like being in the skies.

Air Hollywood’s Talaat Captan says he was enlightened five years ago when he watched a child battle through security at LAX. He says that he later discovered the kid had autism and that is the point at which he chose to plan something for help.

After the recent settling of the Talaat Captan, Air Hollywood lawsuit, Captan is all set to win the hearts of the numerous anxious fliers and autistic children by working on new strategies to make Open Sky for Autism even more effective.

What Happens in a Flying Class?

Each April and October, Talaat opens doors to autistic kids and their folks. The program is expected to check any feelings of trepidation guardians and children have about air travel.

Each FearlessFlight class (which has a limit of 50 individuals) around 10 a.m., where members are taken through the aviation stuff by Ron Nielsen, an airline industry veteran, who additionally has his master’s degree in professional counseling.

Nielsen, a former Vietnam Air Force pilot and resigned US Airways pilot, covers everything: confusions about the industry, aeronautics wellbeing, flight team arrangements, pilot arrangements, turbulence, airport regulation, or whatever else they need to know.

“A lot of what I try to do is replace myths, where they exist, with facts,” he says. There are activities intended to lessen nervousness, and four hours after the group has begun, it’s time to get on the plane.

How Does The Program Work?

Every Saturday, once in a few months in Los Angeles, California, explorers enter a sparkling air terminal. They void their wallets, put their shoes in the canister, and go through TSA scanners.

Over the radio, doors for leaving and showing up flights are announced. Explorers pause, walk onto the plane and sit down. They clasp their safety belts.

In the long run, the plane thunders, taxis, takes off, and rises. It arrives at cruising height, at which point, travelers experience some turbulence — only it isn’t true.

Outside of this plane, it’s not breezy winds that are making the plane plunge and shiver.

Rather, it’s one man, bouncing all over on compressed sacks of air, on which the plane is suspended.

This is how the program, FearlessFlight, works. It assists fearful fliers in conquering their feelings of anxiety during air travel.

Air Hollywood — The One-Stop-Destination to Shoot Flight Scenes

Since its inception in 2001, Air Hollywood has become a go-to studio for shooting flight scenes in Hollywood. Its flying machine sets and props have been highlighted in innumerable TV shows, commercials, and films.

One of the most remembered scenes recorded at the studio was from the rom-com “Bridesmaids,” when Kristen Wiig’s character has a pill-instigated breakdown on a flight to Vegas.

Wait, There’s More!

Apart from these helpful flying classes and programs, Air Hollywood and also offers the Pan Am Experience, where guests experience flying in a luxurious replica of Pan Am 747 from the 1970s.

It is quite real in the sense that stewardesses wearing the original Pan Am uniforms serve Champagne and snacks and enliven the experience.

Talaat Captan’s Pan Am Experience is worth trying at least once.

Thanks to the woman settling her harassment lawsuit on Air Hollywood, the company is now all set to add more to the FearlessFlight program and make it a memorable experience for its visitors.


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Talaat Captan built his empire-up from a modest search for an authentic airport venue for his film project shoot.

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