Flights Radar UWP gets Fluent Design, full cockpit views, favourites

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Back in July 2017, I reviewed Flights Radar UWP, aiming to show all the aircraft in the sky around you, and then I covered a new version here, back in November 2017, with lots of improvements. Well, almost a year on, today sees another big upgrade, to v1.0.20, bringing Fluent Design, a Favourites list, a much bigger Cockpit view, and more. Why am I making this a News item? Because this is a (potentially) very high profile UWP app, competing with the likes of FlightRadar24 on other platforms. It's not perfect yet, but we have some special giveaway codes below to help soften the blow if you fancy being an intensive tester!

Working with the developer, here's the full and exclusive changelog for v1.0.20 (over and above the previous 0.9.2):

  • General bugs fixed.
  • Adopt Fluent Design.
  • User can set their own preference for the default map style. Dark, Light, Flights Radar Custom Dark, Flights Radar Custom Light options are available.
    (Windows 10 Mobile only has Dark and Light Theme available.)
  • Favorite List make tracking favorite flights, aircrafts and airports easy.
  • Auto scrolling for aircrafts and flights photos.
  • New trial visual for live flights by airline. 
  • Cockpit View:
  • New and realistic cockpit photos are used.
  • Option to turn off cockpit mode when in cockpit view.
  • Easy to exit cockpit view. 
  • Airport Information:
  • Improved UI to display more information.
  • General information about airport is now available.
  • Better visual for flights that are still live.
  • Departure Terminal and Gate is now available.
  • Detailed weather information is now available.

Phew! Quite the update. Flights Radar UWP is still a little temperamental on the phone, pushing RAM to its limits, so it pays to use Windows 10 Mobile's multitasking carousel to close down other large applications (e.g. Outlook, Edge) before starting it. Just a tip.

There's a lot to be impressed by. Here's the new version in action:

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Scanning the skies above - tapping on a plane icon brings up (right) the flight details pane (this swipes up to show much more information) - tap the red control to close the pane (important - you can't yet just press 'back'!) Tapping the left hand Cockpit View control brings up...

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A simulated cockpit view (not of the specific plane, mind you), with optional HUD and (right) transparent cockpit. Note the moving map displays, 3D and 2D map views. Note that there's no 'straight ahead' view with no ghosted cockpit. Maybe that'll come in an update. (This is all on the run in to Heathrow, by the way.)

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When drilling down to specific flight numbers (e.g. the same flight each day from a particular airline) or viewing a specific airport, there's the option to 'star' (favourite) it, as shown here.

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These are then accessed from your Favourites list in the main UI, for easy access in the future; (right) the detail is impressive, all from public APIs I think, but beautifully sourced and presented, here paging through tabs for Stansted airport, with weather, just swipe for arrivals and departures and more....

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Digging down for a specific flight, showing typical live data, matching up with the on-map and cockpit views; (right) it's fun to zoom into the maps to see detailed airport layouts (thanks to Windows 10 Maps) and then see how well the 'live' plane thumbnails track across the runways.

You can download Flights Radar UWP here in the Store. If you miss out on the freebie codes below, I suggest you pay the small in-app-purchase to get rid of the ads and to support the developer.

You can best chat to the developer on Facebook here. There's still plenty to do in terms of stability on the phone, so do get involved. Bugs I've noticed still include the Search box going missing and requiring an application restart, the keyboard popping up when it shouldn't, plus it's far too easy to press 'Back' on a flight details pane and switch back to the Windows Start screen.

Should a single application be this temperamental in terms of free RAM? That's probably as much a question for Microsoft, as Windows 10 Mobile's architects - but in late 2018, there's no way to rework this, so you'll have to live with a little running-app-juggling if you want a fully stable Flights Radar experience.

(Edit: all codes have now gone, sorry!)

PS. Having chatted to the developer, and partly to help enthusiastic users feedback further bug reports, he's offering 10 free upgrades. Use this Promo Code: JR4MH-KPTX3-36RHY-3TT7K-32RXZ or use this link: to remove the advertisments. This link valid for 10 activations, so it's first come, first served. Please comment below if you're the 11th and the activations have all been used up!

Then, for activating the premium features, he's offering five free upgrades, use the following code: 6PPY4-KRGQF-CR3RK-H72FW-4MWCZ or the link . Again, let me know when these have been used up and I'll remove this text.