A French appeals court has ruled Air France and Airbus must face involuntary manslaughter charges for the crash twelve years ago of an Air France Airbus en route from Rio to Paris. Air France is charged with insufficient training of its pilots. …


It’s back. The 737 Max is now, once again, legal to fly. It reminds me of those stories about a person accused of a crime they didn’t commit. The cops frame him. A zealous prosecutor offers a plea deal of a few years to avoid a trial that might mean…


Everyone has psychological defenses. The defenses a mentally healthy uses again anxiety are not a problem. When stress hormones are released, we feel alarm. But our parasympathetic nervous system kicks in and down-regulates alarm to interest.

But a person who lacks the programming needed to down-regulate alarm uses psychological defenses…


One of the most important dynamics in psychology was discovered by neurological researcher and professor of psychiatry Stephen Porges. He recently published an article based on his discovery in the journal Clinical Neuropsychiatry. It is titled, “The COVID-19 Pandemic is a Paradoxical Challenge to Our Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective.”…


Respirators are available that provide protection that approaches 100%. Why are we not being told?

In a Medscape article, Dean Blumberg, MD of UIC Davis is quoted as saying a “standard rectangular surgical mask … will decrease the risk of infection to the person wearing the mask by about 65%…


Flight re-testing of the 737 MAX is complete. The re-testing was aimed at proving the safety and reliability of the redesigned MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System). The redesign was not needed. Not needed, that is, where the plane is properly maintained and flown by well-trained pilots.

Maintenance Standards. There were…


Once a panic attack has started, you can’t help yourself. All those tips about stopping a panic attack are useless. What you are about to learn will stop panic before it can start. You can keep panic from happening again. The first step is to understand the processes involved.

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We all have a calming system. It is called the parasympathetic nervous system. It opposes the sympathetic nervous system, the system that revs us up when we are stressed. …


Researcher Stephen Porges discovered that we unconsciously send and receive signals that potentially can have a powerful calming effect on the recipient. Our calming system is called the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). …


In this time of crisis, we need balanced thinking. What isn’t often recognized is that balanced thinking depends upon balanced emotion.

The evidence for this goes back at least to 1908 when Harvard psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson found the ability to use high-level thinking — now called executive…

Capt Tom Bunn

Tom Bunn is a retired airline captain and licensed therapist. He is the originator of the SOAR Fear of Flying Program.

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