The Virtual Airplane places the patient in the window seat of the passenger cabin of a commercial airplane. With a few simple keystrokes, the therapist can expose the patient to the different aspects of a complete flying experience, such as sitting in the plane with the engines on or off, taxiing on the runway, takeoff, flying in either smooth or turbulent weather, and landing. The sights and sounds mimic those found in actual flight. Patients experience anxiety as if they were actually on a real plane.
The patient's experience is augmented with the use of somato-sensory feedback provided by a chair with a specially designed speaker underneath. Thus, one can "feel" the turbulence outside and other mechanical bumps often associated with flying.