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Live ATC Air Radio
Released Feb 01, 2010
Seller: Dave Pascoe
(C) 2009 LiveATC.net
Price (as of 03/08/2010): $2.99
Rated 4+ as of 03/08/2010 on iTunes Store
Many of us general aviation pilots have probably checked out the website LiveATC.net, where you can listen to live air traffic control (ATC) radio frequencies from around the country. It’s a free service that is great background noise if you are bored at home or around the office. It’s also great to listen to radio communications for training purposes, especially for us pilots that don’t fly out of a towered airport (like me).
LiveATC.net recently released an iPhone version of their service. It’s a great little app that essentially performs the same function as the website. It’s $2.99, which certainly isn’t the cheapest app out there, but it does work like a charm and compared to most aviation apps out there, three bucks isn’t that much for a decent training aid. Furthermore, it’s nice to have this audio at the palm of my hand, or more fittingly, able to be docked in my new iPhone clock-radio in my bedroom. Again, it makes for nice background audio as I’m preparing for bed or getting up in the morning.
In terms of actually reviewing the app, it performs as advertised. You can select your favorite airports/towers for quick access. The buffering is just as quick as on the regular website, both through Wi-Fi and even 3G. I’ve even listened to it in my car on the road with great success, although streaming audio through 3G does chew up iPhone battery life fairly quickly. The newest version even supports background listening, so you could listen to it while working in other apps on the iPhone. I’d recommend this app as I do thoroughly enjoy it (and I was not compensated for this review).
Check out the Live ATC Air Radio app on the iTunes Store here!
This past Friday, my wife and I had our first “Date Flight” of 2010. We went to our usual fly-in restaurant destination, Pilot Pete’s restaurant, at Schaumburg Regional Airport (06C). The place was hopping that day and we had to wait almost an hour for a table. As usual, though, the food was well worth the wait. Skies were gorgeous and very clear for our quick journey. The only interesting portion of the flight was a brush fire in Zion, Illinois (rough location), causing some slight smoke/haze, but that nice wood-burning smell was actually a pleasant scent as we flew. My landings were smooth because of my recent practice just a few weeks ago. I’m glad I had that practice, because I’m sure my wife wouldn’t have liked our first flight of this year to include bumpy/scary landings.
This flight I logged 1.1 hours of PIC flight time.