New iPhone app to help conquer fear of flying

"Am I going down" app gives nervous travellers statistics on their plane crashing

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New iPhone app to help conquer fear of flying Johns: "It's more useful to someone who is a nervous flyer to know the past performance for their type of aircraft and their particular journey".
By  Helen Gaskell Published  January 27, 2015

A new app has been developed for people who are nervous about flying.

The "Am I going down?" app, which has been developed by husband and wife developer team Nic Johns and Julie Postlethwaite, aims to calm people's nerves by giving them statistics on how unlikely it is that their aircraft will crash.

Nic Johns said: "The inspiration for ‘Am I going down?' came from my co-founder and wife, Julie, who for many years has suffered from a fear of flying. I wanted to present the fact that the vast majority of flights are incredibly low risk and our app is meant as tool to help reassure fearful flyers."

"The idea for the icon and the name also comes from Julie: it represents the arrivals sign at an airport, which to her phobic eyes looks like a plane ‘going down'!"

The app works by telling it what kind of plane you're travelling in and the airports you're travelling to and from, the app then shows you the chances of your plane crashing based on raw data from sources such as ACRO and NSTB for crash statistics, and ICAO for airport data.

"The simple fact is that flights are incredibly safe," said Johns, "Invariably in the millions to one range, but it's more useful to someone who is a nervous flyer to know the past performance for their type of aircraft and their particular journey, rather than just generic figures."

"The positive response from anxious flyers has been amazing, really encouraging. I've also had great feedback on the visual impact of the app - check out the tiny planes flying by in the background!"

Currently the app is available on iPhone and iPad and Johns said that developing an Android version is "definitely a possibility for the future."

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