On a recent American Airlines flight from New York’s LaGuardia airport [LGA] to Miami International [MIA], I paid the minimum charge for some in-flight wifi. I thought it would be a good way to get some work done on my iPad during this less than three hour flight. That was until I discovered an in-flight tracking site called FlightAware.
This site allows you to plug in your flight information and then track exactly where you are in the sky. Save the minor delays caused by refreshing the site when the wifi wasn’t the most efficient, it is a very good site. As I am a map lover, I was glued to it for the entire trip. What is better for tech nerds and social media types is that you can post exactly where you are at any given time. This is especially fun when you are flying over a friend’s house, verified by the flight path.
According to FlightAware’s website, FlightAware [founded in 2005] “was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States and quickly rose to become the most popular flight tracking service in the country. FlightAware currently provides private aviation flight tracking in over 45 countries across North America, Europe, and Oceania, as well as global solutions for aircraft with datalink (satellite/VHF) via every major provider, including ARINC, Honeywell GDC, Satcom Direct, and UVdatalink. FlightAware also continues to lead the industry in free, worldwide airline flight tracking and airport status for air travelers.
FlightAware provides live flight data, airport delays, fuel prices, FBO reservations, weather maps, flight planning, and navigation charts, as well as aviation news and photos to over three million users a month via the FlightAware.com web site as well as apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, PlayBook, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, and Windows 8.”
If you are a travel or tech nerd this site is one you must visit.