Arrivals & Departures
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If you are a frequent traveller, you are not a stranger to the Arrival & Departure TV Monitors at the airports. What if those monitors is right in front of you…for all airports worldwide, with interactive maps and more. That is the concept behind Arrivals & Departures app.
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Here are the key features of the app.
* View Flight Status of all Arriving & Departing flights from/to airport
* Supports over 4250 Airports worldwide
* View Terminal and Gate information of flights
* View flight path maps for all flights worldwide
* View Weather information for the Airport
* An option for full screen mode available
* Displays Hotels, Restaurants, Coffee shops, Car Rentals, parking lots, gas stations and more in and around Airport
* View delayed information of all flights to/from the airport
* You can sort flights by many criteria
* Define favorite airports
* Remembers recently used airports
* Intuitive user interface
This application needs internet connectivity to display information.
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What's New in Version 1.4
* Added full screen option in Lion
* Changed application icon to keep it consistent with our iPhone & iPad versions
* Minor interface improvements
Needs further work
Has some nice features like clicking on a flight to get more info, or the map that shows from where flights are coming or going to. But there are major annoyances too. For example, the app only shows a few pre-defined ranges of time, each spanning only 3 or so hours -- I'd much rather view definable ranges of times. And as soon as a new days starts (i.e at 00:00:01) you can no lonnger see the previous days flights so if a flight was delayed you can't even find it anymore! Argh... really silly! Would also like to be able to allocate more or less space to the map and see codeshare status. Pinnacle Air or Colgan Air means little when you're looking for a DL or UA flight.
Please fix the maps!!!
I like the app but the only thing that is off is the maps. It doesnt work as shown. PLEASE FIX!!!!
Slow & awkward
To begin the application is a little awkward. Once you select an airport, you filter the list of flights further using multiple criteria. I began by typing the name of my airline (in this case US AIrlines) and waited for my flight to show up in the list. It never showed and I was left wondering why. The refresh was very slow, so at first I wasn't sure if my listing was not going to come up or if it was simply in the queue and waiting for the refresh to complete. After I was certain that the app was displaying all flights that it could find, I wondered why my flight wasn't there. Then I noticed a small pull-down menu button at the bottom of the window. It contained a list of time frames. Turns out you have to select a time frame. After I selected the right time frame, and a little more waiting for the list to refresh, my flight showed up.
The app displays good throough information about a flight, but it's a little slow and awkward. Another minor annoyance is that if you have a trip that includes multiple flight segments, you might want to view them all together or at least have them show up in a list all at once so you can click through them to see if gates are close together, etc. But you can't really do that. You have to start over and filter the list (pick the airport, pick the timeframe, pick the airline) and all the while completely overwrite the display. Which means you have to write down the details of each segment because there's no way to view them on the screen together.
The app works. But it could be much better. All and in all I'd say stick with a free flight tracker until this one gets a little better.