If you have to get somewhere in a relatively short period of time, flying is usually the way to go. However, it’s not everyone’s favorite method of travel, and usually one of the fears travelers experience is turbulence.
While modern commercial aircraft are build to withstand extreme turbulence, that doesn’t mean it’s comfortable to experience.
Turbcast is an iPhone app created by aviation professionals to help travelers learn about turbulence and get an estimated forecast quickly and easily.
Developed by Simplus Technologies Group, LLC, Turbcast is a great app for anyone who is a bit nervous about flying.
Concept and Functionality:
Turbcast is designed to provide users with a variety of resources for managing their fear of turbulence. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or you’ve only flown a couple of times, turbulence is something that can frighten anyone.
When you first open Turbcast, you’ll be taken through a few introductory screens that give you an idea as to what the app offers.
It’s primarily a turbulence forecast app, and it uses the same weather data provided to pilots in order to forecast the chance and severity of turbulence.
To use the forecast feature, you’ll need to provide the departure and arrival airport identifier and the departure and arrival time.
Turbcast is much more than a turbulence forecast tool. It’s also a resourceful app that aims to educate travelers about turbulence and how to remedy anxiety.
Users can watch a short video about turbulence and read fact about the causes of it and how to cope with it when it occurs during a flight.
Personally I really like the idea of a turbulence forecast tool like Turbcast. Turbulence is usually something travelers don’t think of until they’re in the air, and being able to know what might occur will help to avoid surprises.
The developers have done an excellent job with the layout of the app, making sure it’s easy to navigate. After all, if you’re using it at the last minute you don’t want the app to add to your anxiety.
Turbcast includes a few useful features for users, such as the aforementioned facts page and video. One thing I noticed about the facts page is that even though it’s incredibly detailed and informative, it’s a bit tough to read due to small font and an animated background.
There’s a third media tool for anxious travelers to use, which is the panic button. This takes users to a short audio clip that addresses the fact that something has frightened the traveler, and the clip aims to help the user assess the situation and remedy it accordingly.
This is definitely a great feature in Turbcast, and I’m sure it’s one that travelers will utilize often.
Turbcast is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 and is designed for iPhone.
While the price might seem a little high, it’s a small cost for piece of mind if you’re an anxious traveler.
Turbcast requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this article.
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