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January 30, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A new app designed by two Australian pilots lets airline passengers chat with flight crew and fellow passengers and track their progress through the skies like never before.

Australian-based company Inflighto launched the in-flight entertainment and flight-tracking app yesterday in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. The founders claim the Inflighto app is the first in-flight entertainment app designed by pilots for use by airline passengers while in-flight.

It combines ADSB flight-tracking technology and premium content to give passengers an elevated perspective of the world from the air. The Inflighto app supersedes the traditional ‘moving-maps’ currently used by airlines, the developers say.

Inflighto is being promoted as the first flight-tracking app to feature geolocated points of interest, tourist destinations and events information, letting airline passengers see flight-path highlights and identify key landmarks as they fly. This information, from premium content providers, is displayed on detailed ‘moving-maps’.

Inflighto

The app also incorporates live marine vessel tracking, live weather radar, satellite images and in-flight chat. The latter allows passengers to chat with flight crew and fellow passengers in an open chat-room dedicated to their flight.

The app provides live flight data such as altitude, ground-speed, vertical speed, heading and geographic location coordinates.

Inflighto co-founder and commercial airline pilot John Hopkins said that the Inflighto team wanted to create an app that answered the questions most often asked of pilots from passengers: “Where are we?” and “What are we flying over?”

The app’s other co-founder, Christopher Smyth said that the innovation let airlines transition from traditional, seat-back moving maps to passengers’ own mobile devices. He pointed out that many airlines were replacing seat-back, in-flight entertainment systems with “bring your own device” solutions to reduce the cost of technology installation and to save weight and fuel. The cost to airlines of servicing and repairing in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems is another factor.

Smyth said the Inflighto app used highly accurate ADSB flight-tracking technology, so remained super-accurate on large airliners, at any altitude, anywhere in the world.

The Inflighto app is designed for use with in-flight Wi-Fi which is being rolled-out on commercial airlines globally. Downloading the app is free but there are several paid upgrades for users who want premium features such as live weather radar overlay.

Edited by Peter Needham

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