I’ve seen a bunch of press releases for different flight tracking apps that allow you see where you are mid-flight. These rely on internet connections, so in addition to the price of the app, you have to make sure you are connected to GoGo each time.
But I just saw a press release for an app through Makro Productions that allows you to track yourself in the air without the internet. That is, you can check where you are through airplane mode. Makro Flight Map uses GPS only.
Makro Flight Map’s features include:
* Realtime position of the plane on the map;
* Zoomable world map not dependent on a connection to the Internet;
* Works when your phone is in Airplane Mode, so it can be used anytime while in flight;
* Database of world airports;
* Estimated Time to Destination and Time to Arrival, depending on the plane type and position;
* Multi-language (currently English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Czech).
“The difference is that you are holding the tracker in your own hand, on your own device, and you can use it on any flight, whether the airline is offering its own flight tracker or not,” said Makro Productions President Marko Haulis. “This is great for those who love flight trackers but find themselves on flights that do not offer the feature.”
Because the application relies on a database of airports and flight paths downloaded onto one’s device, and the tracking is done via GPS satellites, Flight Map does not require an Internet or data connection to function. That means it can operate in the “Airplane Mode” common to modern smartphones, and not violate rules against mobile phone use during a flight.
This isn’t my seal of approval because I haven’t checked this out yet–it was just released. But this concept is really cool, and I hope it works.
The app is called Makro Flight Map. It has not been released onto the iTunes store yet, but Makro Flight Map can be purchased and downloaded from the Amazon Appstore for Android at http://amzn.com/B00HM57FRC or the Google Play store at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=marko.android.flightmap .
Again, I have not tried out this software yet. But if it does what it says it does, that’s pretty cool.