Follow air traffic control with LiveATC

Sep 14, 2009

If you’ve wondered what goes on in the air traffic control towers at airports around the globe, LiveATC Air Radio provides a glimpse into the process that keeps thousands of planes up in the sky each day. This useful travel app streams the popular LiveATC.net air traffic control audio to your iPhone or iPod Touch. […]

If you’ve wondered what goes on in the air traffic control towers at airports around the globe, LiveATC Air Radio provides a glimpse into the process that keeps thousands of planes up in the sky each day.

This useful travel app streams the popular LiveATC.net air traffic control audio to your iPhone or iPod Touch. For $2.99, users can tune into more than 250 airports across 35 countries, including exotic destinations such as the Bahamas, Honduras and Venezuela.

The feeds, either LiveATC-owned or provided by volunteers, vary in audio quality but still make for great listening. You can even locate nearby stations through the iPhone’s built-in GPS and add them to a favorites list.

I found this travel app useful when wanting to get the scoop on delays while stuck in an airport. And with more airlines offering in-flight Wi-Fi, having LiveATC at 35,000 feet can be quite informative.

If you’re a frequent flier, or just curious about the high-pressure job of an air traffic controller, this app is a must-have.

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John Dagys

A recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, John Dagys is a journalist specializing in auto racing and emerging technology.

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