One of my favorite flight tracking websites soft-launched its Android App earlier this month. FlightAware is one of the most in-depth aviation websites around, with tons of content, tracking and information for those in the cockpit or sitting back in the cheap seats.
The Android app has all of the flight tracking you're used to from the website -- you can track by flight number, tail number or route. You can look up airport info (by name or airport code) as well, and see airport delays for the major hubs nationwide. If you're registered with FlightAware's website, you also can access your saved airports, aircraft and alerts.
The app is easy to use, but the maps could be a little smoother, and we'd kill to see Tripit support. FlightAware's not yet going to take over as our No. 1 travel app just yet, but it's certainly a strong showing for an initial launch.
We've got hands-on video, the press release and download links after the break.
FLIGHTAWARE PARTNERS WITH CHAOTIC MOON STUDIOS TO DELIVER MOBILE INNOVATION
Largest Flight Tracking Service in the World Leverages Chaotic Moon Studio’s Chaos Engine™, Ideation & Innovation Team for New Mobile App
AUSTIN, TX - (September 19, 2011) – Chaotic Moon Studios, the world’s most proven mobile application studio, announced a partnership today with leading aviation software and data services company, FlightAware®, and the release of FlightAware’s newest, free mobile applications on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Phone 7. The partnership provides the world’s largest flight tracking service provider with access to Chaotic Moon Studio’s Innovation team for mobile strategy development and the Chaos Engine™; a proprietary technology that automates improvements to mobile application frameworks based on industry standards and the latest innovations from Chaotic Moon Labs™.
“As a technology company that provides live data and information to consumers, we recognize that an effective mobile strategy is critical to our business moving forward, and we want to provide our users with the convenient and reliable experience they have come to expect from FlightAware,” said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware. “Chaotic Moon is the only team that can design what we are thinking… before we think it.”
Chaotic Moon Studios is the team behind multiple groundbreaking mobile brands such News Corps’s The Daily, The Discovery Channel, Groupon and Best Buy. The studio provides everything from initial brainstorming and strategy, to custom development and publishing, to managing a company’s entire mobile presence in any application marketplace. The Chaos Engine™ ensures consistency of excellence for the end user mobile experience.
“FlightAware was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States, and they have maintained that leadership through constant innovation throughout all levels of the company,” Said Ben Lamm, CEO of Chaotic Moon Studios. “The company continued its innovative lead by enlisting our team to develop its new mobile innovation strategy.”
The latest version of FlightAware’s mobile application includes a fresh new look and additional features such as:
- Real-time flight status and tracking map of any airline flight in the world.
- Tracking real-time aviation (private, charter, etc) or airline flights.
- Push alerts for flight status updates and airport delays.
- View complete flight details and full-screen maps with NEXRAD radar overlay.
To download the apps, visit flightaware.com/mobile
To see examples of other work from the Chaotic Moon team visit: www.chaoticmoon.com
About Chaotic Moon Studios:
Chaotic Moon Studios is comprised of the most talented thinkers, designers, coders, and developers in the mobile media industry today. With over 400 years of combined experience, our team has practiced their craft alongside some of the most innovative companies in the world, including both Apple and IBM. They are award winners, Open Source thought leaders, iPhoneDevCamp founders, and even doctors. Between them they hold over a dozen patents and have been interviewed or written for magazines the likes of Wired, ComputerWorld, and Business Week. As the world’s most proven mobile application studio, they provide everything from initial brainstorming and strategy, to custom development and publishing, to managing an entire mobile presence in any application marketplace.
About Chaos Engine™
Think of it as our propriety technology wrapped in efficiency and dunked in greatness... The Chaos Engine is the latest creation from our mad laboratory. It’s our one of a kind technology developed specifically to ensure our clients and developers take full advantage of the latest innovations while saving time and money in the process. The Chaos Engine provides an automated improvement framework of native code across multiple platforms. It houses our standards of code and safeguards a consistency of excellence. The result is a superior more stable product with fewer support calls and an advanced user experience. With each day our engine grows stronger and the gap between our competitors grows wider.
FlightAware (flightaware.com) is the largest flight tracking, flight data, and flight planning company in the world. FlightAware was the first company to offer free flight tracking services for both private and commercial aircraft. FlightAware provides flight tracking, flight data, and flight planning services to over three million people a month. FlightAware has offices in Houston and New York.