If you’re the kind of person who always books the window seat on a flight because you like to guess where you are and what you’re looking at, there’s a new app you need to download before your next trip.
Inflighto is a flight-tracking app that includes a whole bunch of features for the inquisitive flyer to nerd out over while in the air. The app provides points of interest along your trip, precise flight tracking with location coordinates, information like the plane’s altitude and speed, an in-flight chat that connects passengers and crew, social media sharing and even live marine vessel tracking and weather info.
After years of hearing one question repeated by passengers — “what did we just fly over?” — two Australian pilots decided to take a proactive step and develop the technology that would pass on that answer into the hands of flyers.
“There had to be a better way and a better solution [than] the incumbent existing traditional old moving map that we’re used to seeing in the seat back or projected up the front of the cabin,” Cristopher Smyth, one of the app’s creators, told CNN Travel.
The program builds on those traditional digital maps and offers a more hands-on and in-depth experience to everyone aboard the aircraft, pilots included. On top of educating passengers about location, landmarks and events that may be happening below, the system also invites pilots to join in and communicate with flyers in a way that doesn’t involve the PA system. The in-flight chat feature connects crew and passengers in a chat room dedicated to their flight without disrupting of the rest of the plane.
The app also coordinates with social media platforms, allowing users to share directly and invite friends and followers to track their flight from the ground.
Although the basic version is free, there is a catch. The app requires WiFi to function — and depending on the airline, that could cost you some extra cash. But if you’ve got a couple bucks to spare and an upcoming flight over a few spots you’ve always been curious about, it’s probably worth it.