Ever since planes first took to the skies, people have been looking up at them and wondering where they’re heading. Flightspottr, a new Foursquare connected app, aims to answer that age-old question.
Once connected to your Foursquare account, Flightspottr replies to each check-in with data about the nearest overhead plane. Tapping the entry shows you the flight number, as well as the origin and destination and where it’s been spotted.
The data behind Flightspottr comes courtesy of Flightstats.
Flightspottr was built by James Shrager (creator of the Monopoly-style Landlord game that’s based on Foursquare) as part of Foursquare’s “non-hackathon” last weekend. Developers around the world still created apps despite the official hackathon being delayed to January 5th because of Hurricane Sandy. SquaredGram, which we covered last week, and Flightspottr won prizes from the event.
Shrager’s app is a fun way to learn more about the planes we see every day — plus I can finally give my kids an honest answer when they say “Daddy, is that plane going to Disney World?”
Flightspotter is free and can be connected to your Foursquare account here. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.