LiveFlight for iOS features the ability to watch aircraft move in real time on a flat map or on a beautiful, three-dimensional globe. In addition, you can also explore airports (including active ATC) on both map types. Awesome!
You can easily switch between both modes via the navigation menu, accessible by dragging out from the left or tapping the “hamburger” (three lines) in the top-left corner.
Using Map mode:
Map mode is the type of two-dimensional map you’ll be familiar with from the web version. The iOS app uses Google Maps as a mapping provider, which is similar to what’s available in the Google Maps app for iOS.
The Map can be used in two imagery modes:
Standard - this uses “roadmap” imagery, with terrain colouring to help you plan your flight in mountainous areas.
Satellite - this uses photo-real satellite imagery, which is ideal for comparing the Infinite Flight world to real-life.
Map modes can be changed in the navigation menu (dragging out from the left or tapping the hamburger in the top-left corner).
As you drag the map, airports will be shown as well as aircraft around them. Region boundaries are also visible to help you determine where each region ends. These features can be enabled/disabled, also located in the navigation menu.
By zooming out, all aircraft will be counted and a number will be shown above each region, indicating how busy it is.
Using Globe mode:
In contrast, the Globe aims to portray the world in three-dimensions (as a sphere). This looks amazing for long-distance flights using great-circle routes - perfect in time for Infinite Flight’s global update!
Note: Access to the globe is a LiveFlight Horizon exclusive feature, available for $1.99 per month on the web or $2.99 for one month ($29.99 for one year) in the app. See all Horizon features for more!
The Globe can also be used in both imagery modes. In addition to this, different rendering settings are available to toggle the amount of detail shown:
Low - this is ideal for older devices, only showing the bear minimum so performance is smooth.
Standard - this is the default option. Panning the globe should be quicker and stars are also visible.
High - recommended for newer devices. This option enables beautiful atmospheric rendering (which gives the globe a blue tint), whilst illuminating parts of the Earth based on the time of day.
Tip: make sure you check out your flight trails after a long flight using the Globe! Flight trails will look curved as they follow the curvature of the Earth. This makes for fantastic screenshots to share with the Infinite Flight community.