These organizations offer programs for avio-phobes. (Payments made to a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist for treatment of a phobia are tax-deductible.)
Pan Am's Fearful Flyer's Program -- Captain Cummings offers his course in a number of cities around the country. The seven-session, $150-course culminates in a graduation flight. For notification of the next Washington-area class, write Fearful Flyers, Pan Am World Airways, Pan Am Building, New York, N.Y. 10017.
The Phobia Program of Washington -- Dr. Robert DuPont's program deals with phobias of all kinds, from fear of bridges to fear of fear. Fearful flyers are encouraged to attend 10 groups sessions, in addition to taking a flight with a therapist. Cost is $60 for an initial diagnostic interview with a psychiatrist and $350 for 10 group meetings. Costs for the flight range from about $160 to $330. Call Jerilyn Ross at 656-8904 or write the program at 7768 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, Md. 20014
Fly Without Fear -- This New York-based group, claiming to be "the granddaddy" of fearful-flying programs, was begun 10 years ago by a former avio-phobe. Group meetings are held weekly at either New York's JFK or La Guardia airports, and most people are ready for a graduation flight after 8 to 10 sesions. Cost is $5 for membership and $15 per meeting. Write to director Herb Gross at Fly Without Fear, 310 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017 or call (212) 697-7666.