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NEW: Flight Apps And Flight Tips For Mobile Phones - Adroid & iPhone
This article lists the best mobile phone apps for travelling, especially for flight and some flying tips for dealing with airports and airlines.
Flight Tracking, International Flight Tracker
Do you want to be able to track a flight? There are lots of places to do so on the web, and most involve typing in the flight number. Our favorite is from FlyteComm. They offer a great free service that allows you to view lots of info and track the flight in real time.
If you are not sure about an airline flight number, check with the airline on their website. Take note of it and then go to the first box of the free flight tracker and track the flight by entering the airline and flight number. For advanced users, enter Flight ID (eg AAL1014) or Arrival and Departure (optional) Airport codes.
20% of all airline flights will arrive late, so using flight tracking can save you time. The flight tracker includes the following information based on a flight number:
Remaining Flight Time
Flight Status In Flight
Visit FlyteComm for real time flight tracking.
|Using Google To Track A U.S. Flight
You can use Google to check the status of a U.S. flight by typing the name of the airline followed by the flight number. For example, to see the status for United Airlines flight 134 search for "United 134."
On the resulting page click on the fboweb.com link and you'll see a flight tracker with your flight info.
Heres' the flight tracking info you'll get (using flight United 134):
FlightID: UAL134 (Commercial Jet)
Owner: UNITED AIR LINES INC.
Radio Call: UNITED
Type: B772 (Boeing Company Model 777-200)
Origin Apt: SFO SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL
Dest Apt: ORD CHICAGO O'HARE INTL
Departed: 11:24 AM PDT (1824Z)
Original ETA: 04:37 PM CDT (2137Z)
Actual Arrival Time: 04:47 P
You can also use Google to see delays and weather conditions at a particular airport by typing the airport's three letter code followed by the word "airport." For example, San Francisco International Airport updates can be found by searching for "sfo airport."
Track Flight Status with FlightStats
Another great free tool is the flight tracker available from FlightStats. Here are some of the highlights, from their website:
What is a Flight Tracker?
A flight tracker tool typically is based almost exclusively on information that comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) data feed. The ASDI data feed tracks flights primarily within the United States' controlled airspace. There is some information available outside the US airspace as well, but it primarily is for commercial flights operating within the United States.
The ASDI data feed contains information for flights controlled by air traffic control. Pilots file a flight plan with air traffic control before take off. The flight plan contains information such as the expected departure time, route and arrival time. Once the flight departs, information about the position, altitude and speed of the flight as well as estimates on arrival times are published. The departure and arrival times are runway times. For example, the departure time is the time the flight left the runway. The ASDI data feed does not publish the gate times (the time the plane's door is shut at the gate or the time the plane's door is opened on arrival). For security reasons the information published on the ASDI feed is delayed for 5 minutes.
A flight tracker tool interprets the information from the ASDI feed and then relays the information to the user. A flight tracker tool also has to fill in some of the holes. For example, there is typically, but not always, a message sent on departure. In the cases where that message is not sent, a flight tracker tool needs to make a best guess about the actual departure time. The same goes for arrival times. This is why you might see discrepancies between two different flight tracker tools.
We feel that our flight tracker tool (which we call Flight Status for reasons that will become more obvious soon) is one of the better flight trackers out there, and our customers seem to agree. We do our best at filling the holes when it comes to missing data from the ASDI feed. Honestly though, if we can not make a very good guess, then we don't. This is unlike some trackers out there that can be way off. In addition, unlike other flight trackers, we have other data feeds that may have the information necessary to fill in the holes. In addition, we discuss our codeshare mapping later in this article, but we feel we do excellent job mapping marketed flights to their actual operated by flight.
Why use FlightStats to Track Flight Status?
We cover more commercial passenger flights than anyone in the world. We cover flights all over the world whether they are in North America, Europe, Asia or anywhere. And depending on the data sources available to us, we show you more in-depth information than anyone.
We also do a very good job of matching codeshare flights to their actual operating flight. This is important because some data sources only publish the operating flight number or may only publish the marketing airline's flight number. It also gives us opportunity to find out more information from the airlines. For example, if the operating airline does not publish information about actual times, we try to get the information from the marketing airline (and vice versa).
All this information is put together and stored in our database of flight information. This historical data is very useful because we can build other useful applications on it. For example, we crunch through all this data twice a month and determine an on time performance rating for an individual flight. This gives customers an opportunity to compare how well two flights perform before they book.
In addition, we tie in other information that can help our customers get a better understanding of why a particular flight was late. For example, we link US airport delay information to the flights that were, or might be, affected by the delay.
In conclusion, we hope that you now understand what makes our Flight Status tool so much different than the other flight status and flight tracker tools on the market. We feel that we are rather unique in this space and offer you tools not available anywhere else. Best of all they are free!
Visit the FlightStats website to use their free flight tracking and status tool.
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Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) There are from 4,000 to 6,000 aircraft operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) during peak periods. This equates to approximately 50,000 aircraft operations per day. The role of the ATCSCC is to manage this flow of air traffic within the continental United States.
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SeatGuru.com Better than free cocktails on a trans-Atlantic flight, this site allows you to choose your aircraft from a list of several carriers, and then get the low-down on every seat on the plane. Flying an American Boeing 757-200? You'd be well advised to avoid seats 15A and 15F, but if you find yourself in row 17, count your lucky honey-roasted peanuts. To find the best airline seats (including First Class, Business Class, and Coach Class) you can simply select the aircraft you're flying using a drop-down menu.
How Air Traffic Control Works How do aircraft keep from colliding with each other? How does air traffic move into and out of an airport or across the country? The task of ensuring safe operations of commercial and private aircraft falls on air traffic controllers. They must coordinate the movements of thousands of aircraft, keep them at safe distances from each other, direct them during takeoff and landing from airports, direct them around bad weather and ensure that traffic flows smoothly with minimal delays.
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