FlightView Flight Tracking App – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 11 July 2010
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Getting up-to-date flight information while on the go is frequently a challenge.  For the past few months, I’ve been testing FlightView on my BlackBerry Bold 9700 (the application also works on an iPhone) and have found this to be one of the most useful apps a business traveler could download.  The application integrates with the BlackBerry calendar, which puts travel information and travel notes entered into FlightView directly onto the calendar.

FlightView uses verified FAA data to tell me where my plane is and notifies me of delays on scheduled flights as soon as a flight is more than 15 minutes late.  I received delay notifications even when the FlightView app was closed.

FlightView is equally useful for tracking the flights of friends and colleagues, whether I am picking someone up at the airport or having an in-person meeting.  The clear and easy-to-read map shows the plane en route with a radar weather overlay and the plane moves across the screen for added effect.

The airport delay map provides an overview of departure status in the U.S. and Canada and was very useful on several occasions when my flight was delayed due to weather and other conditions.

FlightView covers flights originating and/or terminating in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands.

I found the system easy to use and the only problem I encountered is that the entry field for the flight number (which of course is always a number) is not set up for numeric entry but for alpha (text).  In order to enter a number in the flight number field, I had to go thru extra keystrokes, something I hope FlightView will address in the next version.


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