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9/07/2009 – iPhone ‘App’ Of The Week : LiveATC.net
So there you are, sitting at the gate listening to the an announcing that your flight’s departure has been delayed while watching other planes push back from their gates. As you watch the plane one gate over push back you find yourself wondering, “I wish I knew what was going on here!” You know this has happened to you a few times on the road.
…now that you have recalled this irritating moment in your travelling experience, let me introduce you to this week’s iPhone App of the Week, that may help shed some light on your delay. This week’s iPhone App of the Week is LiveATC.net.
LiveATC.net is an iPhone App of one of my favourite web sites, also named LiveATC.net. What LiveATC.net does is simple, it rebroadcasts Air Traffic Control tower radio transmissions, as well as some airports ground operations, clearance & delivery radio transmissions and at some airports ‘company’ radio traffic. By listening to these radio transmissions travellers can have a more informed understanding of the delays they are experiencing.
Aside from gathering immediate information it is also a lot of fun to just kick back and watch the planes comes and go while listening to the pilots and the tower.
Many people claim to have a ‘sound track of their life,’ well for me while working and trying to concentrate on work the sound track of my life is frequently “KSFO Ground.” KSFO Ground is more commonly know as San Francisco International Airport’s Ground Operations Frequency (121.8mhz).
LiveATC.net offers users access to an extensive number of airports not only in the United States but internationally as well. Using LiveATC.net with wifi allows for real-time radio traffic; using it with an iPhone 3G while on a 3G network is close to real-time and transmissions; on an iPhone outside of a 3G network does cause some delay (I have an original iPhone), but overall this App is fantastic for following the world around you while in the airport.
A feature of LiveATC.net’s iPhone App that I really enjoy is the “Favorites” option. Don’t waste time finding airports or frequencies you monitor frequently, add them to your favourites and go straight to them for easy listening.
Below are eight screen shots of the LiveATC.net App from my iPhone.