Mobile Sites For Pilots

A reader tipped me about a couple of good mobile web sites of interest to pilots and air travelers. Thanks, Mike. AeroPlanner is a flight planning tool for pilots. Registration at aeroplanner.com is required before you can use the mobile site. There are various levels of membership from free to $250/year. Even the free membership includes full access to the mobile site which has charts, flight plan viewing, detailed aviation weather reports, aviation calculators and a comprehensive directory of airports … Continue reading

Northwest Airlines' "Full" Mobile Site

US air carrier Northwest Airlines has rolled out a new mobile site that includes virtually all the functionality of their desktop web site. The new site (mobile.nwa.com) supplements rather than replaces the airline's existing and more limited mobile site at wireless.nwa.com. The new site really does include all the functionality of the desktop web site. You can book flights - including award travel, enroll in the frequent flier program, do online check-in and even browse Northwest's Investor Relations page! Mobile.nwa.com … Continue reading

FlightStats.com - International Flight Tracking

FlightStats.com has a new mobile flight tracking service that covers international as well as domestic flights. According to their website FlightStats aggregates information from airlines, airports and government agencies around the world to provide the most complete possible flight status information. FlightStats seems to deliver what they claim, giving me estimated flight arrival information for en route flights in the US and Europe including domestic Russian flights. Data seems scarcer for some parts of the world. For flights within China … Continue reading

Kayak Mobile

Kayak.com is a relatively new travel meta-search engine which searches over 120 travel sites including all the major airline sites except Southwest, many hotel chain sites as well as travel booking sites like Orbitz and CheapTickets. It includes a lot of sites you might not think of searching like AsiaRooms.com or Wegolo.com which specializes in European budget airlines. Kayak is purely a search engine like Google - it doesn't do bookings. You search for the lowest fare or for a … Continue reading

Orbitz Mobile

Justin over at MOpocket mentioned that online travel giant Orbiz has launched a mobile site and added " I hope WAP Review guy does a review of it". I'm happy to oblige, so here goes. According to Alexa, Orbitz.com is the number two (in web traffic) online travel agency behind Expedia. In terms of mobile web adoption Orbitz also trails Expedia whose UK operation has had a wml-only Web site for several years. The new Orbitz site is much nicer … Continue reading

Mobile Web (un)Usability

My fellow mobilist and host of this weeks Carnival of the Mobilists, Daniel Taylor at Mobile Enterprise Weblog has posted an interesting piece on mobile web usability or lack there of. Daniel's article, Who Designs This Stuff? describes the difficulties and frustrations that he experienced trying to accomplish something on the mobile web that should have been easy - getting the arrival time of a airline flight. The problems Daniel experienced are typical of the frustration that many users experience … Continue reading