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Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:41 pm

I know United used to allow you to listen to ATC communication of your flight. Does anyone else listen to your own flight on apps like LiveATC?

I am listening in on my flight which is DL1772 Heavy (A333) and the captain cancels take off clearance because he is “checking out something”. Gives a bit of different feeling especially when everyone else is blissfully unaware. In the end no explanation and we are on our way.
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:03 pm

Thats exactly why live ATC audio isn't much of a thing on airliners.

There is a lot of chatter back and forth about stuff the passengers don't need to know about and don't understand. That passengers could blow out of proportion and cause a problem over. Blissfully unaware is the way airlines want it to be. Especially now that everyone is quick to post on social media, call the news, file a lawsuit, etc.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:12 pm

I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:18 pm

m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


By the time you're on approach, or at least final, couldn't you turn the cellular data back on?
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:19 pm

mikejepp wrote:
Blissfully unaware is the way airlines want it to be.

Going back in time (pre-internet) I would often check the status of the incoming aircraft scheduled to provide my outgoing flight. Noting that the inbound a/c was four hours late, I would then approach the desk and ask them if they anticipated any delay to my outbound flight, only to find that either they knew nothing, or were unwilling to comment.

Rule#1; Always keep the passengers in the dark, and whatever you do, don't tell them how bad it really is. :hissyfit:
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:48 pm

LOWS wrote:
m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


By the time you're on approach, or at least final, couldn't you turn the cellular data back on?


I've had varied results trying this. I wondered if the altitude/speed of aircraft makes it difficult to get a strong signal.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:57 am

m0ssy wrote:
LOWS wrote:
m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


By the time you're on approach, or at least final, couldn't you turn the cellular data back on?


I've had varied results trying this. I wondered if the altitude/speed of aircraft makes it difficult to get a strong signal.


Must be "airplane mode" ....
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:08 am

I listen to LiveATC while on the ground but sometimes the delay makes it a little less useful.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:49 am

For my flight on B6 this past summer, I was able to listen to the LiveATC app and use FR24 while we were on approach to BOS. I don't remember if I was on cellular data or the plane's WiFi.

There was barely any delay on the audio which surprised me. I remember hearing our call sign "JetBlue ####, turn right heading 120" and not even 5 seconds later, we were banking right for approach. :D
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:58 pm

MO11 wrote:
m0ssy wrote:
LOWS wrote:

By the time you're on approach, or at least final, couldn't you turn the cellular data back on?


I've had varied results trying this. I wondered if the altitude/speed of aircraft makes it difficult to get a strong signal.


Must be "airplane mode" ....


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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:59 pm

m0ssy wrote:
LOWS wrote:
m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


By the time you're on approach, or at least final, couldn't you turn the cellular data back on?


I've had varied results trying this. I wondered if the altitude/speed of aircraft makes it difficult to get a strong signal.


Same here. Depending on where I'm flying into it works pretty good, or not at all. Coming into MDW from about 5 minutes out until landing I had it work all the way, coming into JFK a few weeks ago, it worked for a bit, then went out, until about 3 minutes to wheels down then came back, and then flying into LGA last week, nothing at all until we came off the runway.
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:50 pm

Had this question so I figured this topic would be just as good as making a new one.

Do any airlines still let you listen on board through their system? I know some used to. United as mentioned first, I remember listening to it while landing in a storm in Denver.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:39 pm

m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


Of course you could always revert to the technology of the good old days, a radio scanner. That never fails, and nowadays they come as small as a phone. No internet connection needed, it's just live radio directly from the source.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:23 pm

PatrickZ80 wrote:
m0ssy wrote:
I've always enjoyed using liveatc on my flights. Of course there are limitations. The wifi being shut off during approach for one, but I listen religiously while on the ground. :)


Of course you could always revert to the technology of the good old days, a radio scanner. That never fails, and nowadays they come as small as a phone. No internet connection needed, it's just live radio directly from the source.


Is that allowed? I assumed they'd see the scanner in carry on and "advise" against it.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:43 pm

m0ssy wrote:
Is that allowed? I assumed they'd see the scanner in carry on and "advise" against it.


I'm not sure you could get away with bringing a full sized radio scanner on board, but why not just use LiveATC?
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:43 pm

Good to know i'm not the only passenger listening to liveatc.com as much as i can in flight. Hey, at least one passenger has to make sure the crew up front know what they are up to!
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:11 am

BalkanBoy wrote:
I'm not sure you could get away with bringing a full sized radio scanner on board, but why not just use LiveATC?


Because LiveATC requires an internet connection that's not always available.

As far as I know there are no laws against bringing radio scanners on board. There are rules about using them on board, any device with an antenna must be switched off during the flight but how many people actually do this? With this they're aiming at cellphones, which are broadcasting their presence to the ground network. A scanner doesn't broadcast anything, it only receives. And by the way, full sized these days isn't any bigger than a cellphone.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:34 am

PatrickZ80 wrote:
BalkanBoy wrote:
As far as I know there are no laws against bringing radio scanners on board. There are rules about using them on board, any device with an antenna must be switched off during the flight but how many people actually do this? .


If you're in UK airspace or on a G-reg aircraft while it's legal to own the radio scanner, it's illegal to tune in and listen to a frequency other than those intended for general reception.

That's the reason there's no (or very few) LiveATC UK stations.
 
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Re: Listening to your own flight ATC

Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:54 am

I've had one opportunity so far to listen to LiveATC.Net (using the mobile app) inflight using onboard WiFi. It was a bit hard to hear, maybe it was just my headphones I was using. I like to watch Flightradar24 as well (using both like I do on the ground). I listened to it right from descent, to arrival at the gate, not for the whole flight on this occasion. Quality was very good.

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