Good tracking tracking apps are few and far between. Just by having a top design, Flighty is superior to most of the competition. However, the app has more than superior design. Flighty combines smart design choices with traveler-centric features to generate a comprehensive image of every flight you are tracking. The result is a plug-in app that is great for frequent travelers.
That said, Flighty is not for everyone. The app is free to download and use to track basic flight details. However, much of Flighty's value lies in its grainy level of flight details, comprehensive push alert options and inbound flight tracking, which requires an expensive subscription.
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Flyers who do not need push notifications or level of detail Flighty's subscription offer can still track basic flight data with the free version of the app. As I will explain in more detail below, the prominence of banners that advertise the app's pro-subscription does not make it a good option.
It is valuable few well-designed flight tracking apps, which is why I appreciate Flighty's thoughtful approach to data so much. When you first open the app on an iPhone, the top three quarters of the screen is dominated by a map showing the path of your plane. Detailed flight data is presented in a card-like user interface that looks out from the bottom of the iPhone screen. On the iPad, the map dominates most of the screen with a narrow column left reserved for information about your flight. At the top right of the map is a button to share your travel plans with others, even if the app does not have a system to automatically update someone else about your flight.
The map is attractive, but its dominance means that you have to scroll up to see anything but the most basic information about a flight. It is dampened by the fact that with one quick sweep, the column of data scrolls to the halfway point of an iPhone with some haptic feedback, revealing more information. With a swipe out, the card interface expands almost to the top of the iPhone screen and displays even more information. Beyond the first two sweeps, the short-user interface scrolls in a long list of data divided into sections with related information.
Although the card user interface design requires a lot of scrolling to see everything the app has to offer, I prefer the approach of tapping in and out of a display hierarchy. Flighty has also done an excellent job of prioritizing the information it shows, which I have found to help minimize scrolling.
The top part of Flighty has the basics you can expect, including date, airline, flight number, airport name, departure and arrival times, and terminal and port information, which are updated periodically. In particular, I like the simple, colored iconography that makes it easy to see if your flight is on time or delayed in an instant. The next part of Flighty, entitled "Good to Know," contains information such as weather and time zone changes for the destination and is available without subscription.
Much of the remaining information available in Flighty requires subscription. & # 39; Arrival Forecast & # 39;, showing historical data on how often a flight is on time, & # 39; Where is my plane? & # 39 ;, tracking inbound flight and whether it's on time when it gets in the way to your departure city, most of & # 39; Detailed timeline data on the flight and your flight, and the "Recording Registration" associated with the trip, all require a subscription. The free version, however, includes information on the arrival and departure of the ports in detailed timeline, flight type, airline details such as a link to the site, the Facebook page, the phone number and the Twitter handle, and your flight history for that particular route.  The two most interesting parts of the pro data are the arrival forecast and where is my plane? The arrival forecast contains statistics on how often the flight you have booked arrives at your destination in time. This information is available in other apps and online, but Flighty does a particularly good job of providing it graphically. Where's my plane ?, as the Flighty team says is unique to their app, and I haven't seen anywhere else, track your airplane in the 25 hours up to your flight. Often, delays in getting to the departure city are the cause of your flight delays, so where is my plane? acts as a kind of early warning system that gives you a head start on a potential delay earlier than you might otherwise get it.
As I have outlined, not all flight data provided by Flighty require a subscription. However, a significant obstacle to using the free version of Flighty is that the paid content sections are not hidden unless you subscribe to the app. Instead, they are shown with unclear placeholder data with a "Try Pro" prompt in the corner of the section. Since data that is part of the free version of the app is interspersed with the blurry placeholder data, you must browse five & # 39; Try Pro & # 39; labels to see all the free information. It is no problem if you only want the basics such as street information and arrival and departure times, which appear at the top of the Flightys card user interface, but for something else, it's a bad user experience that is directly in conflict with the app's focus on design.
Another highlighting feature at Flighty is push notifications that are only subscriptions. Flighty's push notifications, which have custom tones depending on alert speed, are handy when traveling, eliminating the need to pull out your iPhone, unlock it, and browse the app. Instead, you can rely on the notifications on the iPhone's lock screen or an Apple Watch if you have one.
Flighty shares alerts in four categories that can be turned on or off. The first is & # 39; Basics & # 39; which includes street information alerts, delays, and similar events. Next, it's Over & Beyond & # 39; which consists of the status of incoming flights and related information. & # 39; Flight Plan & # 39; notifies you with a map of your expected flight when filed with the pilot, and finally includes & # 39; arrival information & # 39; regarding landing alerts and street and luggage information.
In my tests I just hit the basics and arrival information alerts, but looked to get everything the app had to offer, which seemed to be a mistake and was too many alerts for my taste. I appreciate that some might want so much data on a flight as possible, but wrong aside, I still want to see more fine control of alerts added to Flighty to allow users to better tailor the experience to their individual needs.
Flighty also tracks your previous flights on the map and with statistics such as your total miles and number of flights, as well as the number of airports and countries you have visited and the time spent in the air. The section, called My Flight Log, also shows each of your previous flights, which can be sorted in several different ways and drained to reveal details of each. Although I didn't try these features, the app also integrates with TripIt, can sync with your calendar, and will add flights from emails you forward to a Flighty email address.
Over the past few months I have been using Volatile in Pro mode to track two trips I took to California and another my wife took to Ireland and I have come away impressed. The design and organization of the flight information is fantastic. Everything is easy to read, and although it does require a little sweep to get to the pro data, it's much easier to do than to poke through multiple views as you walk through an airport. Although I want to have more control over push notifications, I have generally been happy with them.
Having said that, I have no plans to subscribe to Flighty. I do not travel enough to make it worth the cost of the subscription. Flighty is $ 69.99 a year, although it is currently $ 49.99 as part of the launch; You can also subscribe monthly for $ 8.99. The monthly option is fine if you sometimes think you're flying a lot and I could see myself trying that option. However, I usually only fly five or six times a year, so it is unlikely that any of the plans will ever fit my travel needs.
I also don't feel that I need the detailed information that Flighty has to offer. I suppose an early warning of a delay might mean that I didn't arrive at the airport earlier than needed, and for some people the information could help give a sense of control over an uncontrollable situation. However, the data will not prevent the delay, so I do not appreciate much getting that information a little earlier than anyone else.
It may be another story if you travel a lot and get quick alerts about potential delays and other flight information is important to you. If so, Flighty is an excellent alternative. It's expensive, but you won't find another tracking tracking app with its depth data and polishing level. As with all pro-apps, Flighty is targeted at a narrow segment of a larger market. It's not the right fit for me, but I expect people on the move to subscribe to Flighty to try to improve their travel experience.
Flighty is available in the App Store as a free download with limited features. Pro features are available as a subscription for $ 8.99 / month or $ 69.99 / year, although for a limited time, Flighty offers the annual $ 49.99 subscription.