Get appy with flight anxiety
Sky Guru is the brainchild of pilot and psychologist Alex Gervash, who is the director of Flying without Fear, a centre for studying and treating aerophobia. ‘Having more than eight years’ experience treating people for their fear of flying, I’ve recognized the value of real-time assistance,’ Gervash said. ‘People need support during turbulence or with understanding a strange sound while on a plane.’
All you have to do is enter your flight details into the Sky Guru app before you board the plane and it will give you details of your flight’s route, your arrival gate and the current weather conditions. Once on board, you’ll be instructed to lay your phone flat on a surface and turn on airplane mode. From there, the app will use your phone’s sensors, including the microphone and accelerometer, to explain all those small, potentially frightening sounds or sudden movements you might experience on board. It’s like having your own personal flying professional with you the entire journey.