LiveATC Air Radio

3.6 (542)
4.5 MB
Age rating
Current version
Dave Pascoe
Last update
6 months ago
Version OS
15.0 or later
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User Reviews for LiveATC Air Radio

3.62 out of 5
542 Ratings
5 years ago, thereis
Great app - a couple suggestions to improve
Very useful to find out firsthand what’s happening in preparation for travel. And with more and more gate to gate satellite-based inflight Wi-Fi you can follow your flight throughout. That said - please consider the following: 1) Please list the frequencies a station is covering as per of the table cell when opening to select a feed (favorites, change channel, or directory). When listening to the feed there is a list. This doesn’t need the description- just a comma separated list of frequencies. 2) Would be great to have more than airport diagram linked, but also departure/arrival/approach plates. 3)This one is tougher and not sure it’s possible. But would love to be able to enter a flight number and find what channel the flight is on. 4) In the feed frequency page, it would be great to know if feeds are mixed, or if a stereo split then which feed is in which ear. This probably means a bigger change but it would be helpful. Thanks for a great app and thanks to everyone who provides feeds to the system.
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3 years ago, BroBear1165
Good app, could be better
It just seems like this app does not have a lot of user-friendly support where you can make complaints on certain feeds for example I listen to the Oakland international airport feed and I am bombarded with ATS automated terminal service I believe constant information they used to have a separate Channel for the main tower that is off-line now and they do not give an exclamation why it’s off-line and enough information to users to find out if that particular feet can be replaced it’s like it’s there one day and gone the next and no reason is given no updates or anything like that on any of these scanner type police radio apps or airport apps that’s just not right and unfortunate to the developer can you please put in some more helpful support so users can get in contact with the feed providers and if they are not up to par find someone else who can do the main towers for Oakland international airport sorry I’m so picky about this but it just seems unnecessary to listen to the automated terminal information stuff when you want to listen to the main runway and tower and the seeds do not sound the same 1 feet is stronger than the other was two speakers thank you
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11 months ago, Q4242
Good, not great.
I much prefer the website to the app. First, on the website it clearly lists the frequency alongside the description. On the app it will just provide the name (i.e. KSEA Ground) without a frequency. To find the freq you have to select the channel and then select “view frequency.” There is ample room on all pages to show freqs, requiring extra click-throughs is just bad UI. Second, there is SIGNIFICANT delay on the app vs. the website. The website is typically within a few seconds of real-time, whereas the app takes a very long time to load a channel and consistently has delays of 30 seconds or more. If you’re listening to ATC in conjunction with plane spotting, such a delay makes the app practically unusable. I’m still a huge LiveATC supporter and the website is still an excellent resource, unfortunately this app is poorly built with too much lag to be useful.
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7 years ago, sean b sean b
Great for student pilots the aviation curious and old professionals
When I was learning to fly a struggle a bit with communications and talking on the radio, and my instructor point to me into this app which let you listen into pilots and controllers talking to each other at airports both small and big. I got to practice listening to read backs and then see whether I could catch all the information. It's amazing to be able to pull up radio calls from airports all around the country and be able to listen to what radio comes sound like when the weathers good when the weathers bad on a busy day, during a major air show, and it's all as close as my phone.
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5 years ago, FloridaFatBoy
Love the app, why the criticism?
It’s strange how many 1-star reviews criticize either the availability of a particular field or the quality of the reception. Do they realize the feeds are crowd sourced? One guy complained about paying $4 for the app. Well, this app is worth every penny of $4 for those interested in aviation like me. If you want a field added, then go buy a scanner and hook it up. If you’re dependent on this app for a critical operational function that is broken when the feed goes down, then you’re insane, buy a VHF radio. In the meantime, try to accomplish 5% of what this app does for $4 and I’ll applaud you cheapskates with both hands.
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3 months ago, 12 ukulele😅
I purchased this app last Wednesday. I am very satisfied with it. I only gave it four stars, because I want you to add one thing. Please add a search airplane, and then tag button so that we can follow it from start to finish without changing frequencies. If you do that, I will change my rate to five stars. Please read this, and get back to me as soon as possible. Have a nice day.
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5 years ago, IrishJew82
Channels are not guaranteed
As a student pilot one of the last things to check off my list is controlled airspace. No big deal, I use the radio regularly but is is nice to listen to Live ATC to get familiar with order of operation. Every day for a week or so after purchasing the app I listened to KDSM which is not far from my home and where I will be flying in and out of. After a short time the channel just disappeared off my list of channels. I can listen to other airports and get the basics but it is not the same as becoming familiar with your home airspace. I’ve been waiting to see if it come back and roughly two months later it has not. 5 stars easy if it was dirt cheap or free, or if I got the frequencies I wanted.
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9 months ago, West219
Connection now drops after 5 minutes
This is a great app, that for some reason has recently became unstable. I have been a very frequent listener and until a month ago, I rarely had a long duration connection drop even on a cellular connection. Now, the feed consistently drops after 5 or so minutes and must be restarted. BTW, I would be happy to pay a reasonable subscription fee to offset development expenses. Hopefully this issue can be resolved. Thanks again for a great app.
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5 years ago, Jetmechz
Like being in the left seat!
This app is great as it is one of the few if not the only app that allows you to listen to live ATC throughout the country and the world. One feature I would like to see added is to allow the app user to input the frequency changes when tracking a specific flight as well as creating a log of those frequency changes and the option to save them so the user will have the most recent and updated frequencies if they have changed.
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3 years ago, Mike D'Angelo
Fantastic App!
The premium version of this app is a fantastic deal. This app does everything a several hundred dollar aviation scanner can do, but does it without the effort. No programming frequencies, no making lists of channels from your local airport. It is all done for you and what makes this better than a scanner? Scanners only bring in local frequencies. I am in Miami Florida and if I tire of listening to my local airports, I can hear whats going on at JKF or DFW. Try doing that with a scanner!
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3 years ago, BikemenFL
Many feeds are horrible and not maintained.
I believe that the platform is just fine. A bit antiquated but it works. However, many of the feeds are poorly maintained and very noisy. Lots of channels are not actually working and no one cares about it. I sent notice to the developer and nothing happens. For example, CLT only has departures and no approach. Controller transmissions are noisy and low quality. SJU approach and departures you can only hear a loud hum and one way traffic. Not sure how that can happen for so long without someone looking over. You know, I paid for the app. It’s not free and for that we expect a good level of service.
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9 years ago, AV8NDAD
The Gold Standard of Radio Apps
I have used this app on three continents and dozens of airports. It does exactly what it should, without an unnecessarily cluttered interface. Stop looking, you've found your ATC monitoring app! Oh, and for those complaining abut occasional outages, keep in mind that this app uses feeds that are provided and maintained by volunteers. Until you are willing to do the same, stop criticizing and consider some gratitude for those generous souls providing this great content.
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3 years ago, rpkhek
One of my favorite apps, but I have a suggestion
This app is one of my favorite apps to listen to. It is so interesting to hear the ATC. My suggestion is to be able to choose which frequency to listen to individually. For example at KIAH, I tap KIAH Approach, but there is like 12 frequencies that it is monitoring, it would be nice to choose which of those 12 I can listen to. No big deal, but just a suggestion.
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4 years ago, Jasbstone
Won’t stop playing in the background
When I’m done with the app on my iPad I swipe to close, yet the app will somehow turn on and connect to my headphones or car Bluetooth if my iPad signal is left on. This app for whatever reason just starts playing even though it isn’t loaded/opened. It’s quite annoying. Other than that the app works well though the radio are difficult to hear though that’s common in aviation anyway. Over all worth the money I just wish it only turned on when I told it to.
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1 year ago, Roylfewkes
No way to adjust audio levels
This is a helpful app, and I do enjoy that I can play ATC audio while receiving audio from my other apps… however most channels are super quiet, so I have to turn the volume all the way up to even hear ATC audio… and If there’s a notification or any other sound from my phone.. RIP to my hearing. An example would be listening to live ATC in the car while using google maps. You can set google maps notifications/directions to quiet, however that is still ear piercingly loud since this app has to be turned all the way up. Please fix this.
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7 years ago, FL615
A little deceiving
Was super excited because my local airport was listed when I purchased the app... 2 days later, it has been removed. I'm hoping that I just had bad luck and this doesn't happen to most people who purchase this app for a specific location, but I did want to share my concerns. It's a great app, but I probably would not have purchased if I would've know that my local airport would never connect and would be removed 2 days after my purchase. Waste of $3.99 in my opinion, so be careful if you're looking for a specific region...
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9 years ago, p night
I've read some bad reviews, I guess you can't please everyone. This is my favorite app. I love this app I spent most of my life in the USAF and love flying and to listen to the talk between the crew and the ground tower is amazing I read a review that said this is time delayed 10 secs is this true even if it is I still keep listening. It sounds like this should be illegal I never knew so many foreign pilots flying in to SFO barely speak English
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7 months ago, Ben Cobbs
Great but lacking
Great app but unreliable for FLL airport there is no way that you guys can not get all the feeds for this airport back up after 9 days I’ve contacted you 5 times about this issue for KFLL all I’ve gotten was we will reply back typically in a day or two and the email is a reply a day to 15 days for a reply back and how does this issue not warrant an immediate reply back this is urgent you are alienating the FLL spotting community that use your app me included just fix it
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7 years ago, Asdflkjh2243
Tremendous help
I purchased this app for my student pilot training because I was terrified of having to talk to ATC. After using this app, my fear vanished. In fact, I gained so much confidence by listening to "tower talk" that when it came time for my first cross country solo flight, I was extremely confident--and ended up having no jitters whatsoever when talking to tower. I highly, highly, highly recommended the LIVE ATC app!
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1 year ago, caleb oxford
Quits playing without notice
Just as the title suggest. I like to listen to my home airport as background noise or listening for practice with my own conversation with ATC when I fly. Without warning, it will just stop. I won’t realize until I notice I haven’t heard anything for a while. When I go to check, sure enough it’s stopped. So aggravating, I’d expect that from a free app, but this is a paid app. Update- I have discovered that this issue is from my device automatically switching from LTE to 5G or vice a versa. I’d like to se an update that would resolve that issue.
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10 months ago, cupofsea
App won’t play for more than 5 minutes
I’ve noticed the app will no longer play for more than a few minutes. It will stop playing after about 5 minutes and has occurred on all frequencies I’ve listened to recently. It also doesn’t seem to matter if I am in the app while listening or not. This seems to be a new issue as I haven’t experience this before and I’ve had the app for awhile. Please fix this is as it’s frustrating having to press play over and over and over again. Thank you.
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10 months ago, jwill91990
Could be better
My biggest complaint is switching frequencies, I can add favorites but the change channel button disappeared after a few minutes so every time I have to look up the airport or frequency and select the new one. So a quick drop down menu for favorites would be a nice fix.
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4 years ago, Spark9518
Can be better
This app is good! I was debating buying it because you can listen for free online but it is much easier and efficient on the app. One thing I think would make it easy 5 stars is to add some sort of comment section/discussion board where listeners can chat about the things they hear, I feel like most listeners are ATC or studying ATC so a discussion board can be a good place to communicate.
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6 years ago, Jonnyboy4222
Something changed :(
Up until a week ago, I would have given this app 5 stars easy. But for the past week, all I hear is static. Sometimes I can hear voices, but mostly loud static. This is a huge bummer as I loved listening to this as I am a student pilot in training. Worked fine until a week ago. My girlfriend who has this app on her phone says the same thing. Not sure what changed but hopefully they fix it. If this app gets fixed, I would happily give it a 5 star rating.
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6 years ago, robfrazzini
B better
The software seems to work but you can’t select a discrete frequency which means several frequencies are taking over each other. The frequencies are listed separately but they are for information only. Who knows, maybe there is some law restricting this feature but it would be very nice to have.
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6 years ago, mmontoya1996
Great much-needed update!
I thought this app was abondand two years ago but after the version 2.0 update, this brings a great new layout, more iOS-like look and feel, improved navigation, & optimization for iPhone X. Despite a small bug or two, this app is so much better than before.
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3 years ago, Battlestar5
KIAH Frequencies Still Bad
Both KIAH Approach & Tower Frequencies are still terrible for going on 4 Weeks now and again My chief complaint about this APP is that there is nobody to contact to find out if anyone is working on the issue or not?? I cannot hear the Pilots nor the Tower for KIAH Approach nor the KIAH Tower - just a lot of noisy static - so I have to often come here to the review page but I’d like to avoid doing this so PLEASE get a contact email so listeners do not have to come here to the APP Store and complain that they cannot hear the Stations😖.
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3 months ago, phoebushine
If you can add Apple car play function?
Hi I am driving a lot and wanted to have this app also in the apple car play system, so while I am driving I can easily swap and select the station I like. Or at least I can select the favorite station…. Thanks so much! Leo
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6 years ago, ImAmAlex
It could be better!!! But here are my problems
1.stations are available one day and off the next. Not as reliable as I would want. 2.its not free, thus making me think that they would put in effort to try and keep stations that they already have! Not relying on (us) people to do the work for them and add the stations. It's good but not great. But I still like it. They just need to put more work on it.
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7 years ago, basilherbz
Love it. Great app.
Living in San Bruno hill over 3 decades and all runaways visible insights and watching planes land and takeoff was a real treat for a lifetime. As a ham radio operator since teens I have been a fascinated listening KSFO frequencies. This app is the closest you can get listening to the frequencies. Now that I'm close to retirement I've move up north and start listening to 3 airports in my area. KSMF,KMCC,KMHR.
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8 years ago, ABQGOD
Fun for enthusiasts
Paired with a flight-tracking app, this one makes listening in on far-flung reaches that much more enjoyable. If there is another update I'd love to see some kind of chat function, access to the interesting recordings on their website, and time of day included on each airport's listings.
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9 years ago, Danimalpm
Great app with great selection at good value
As a new aviation enthusiast, I find myself listening to this app several hours each week while I work. There's an amazing selection of frequencies to choose from and I don't understand the complaints from others regarding selection. It's unrealistic to expect all airports and frequencies but the major airports are covered here. Awesome selection. I love choosing a random airport and then cycling through the different frequencies for ground, departure or approach. Great app for a good price that's even more fun when used with a live radar app. I highly recommend this.
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3 years ago, trikayaker
Great app. Frequently won’t quit.
This is a great app that I love listening to or even previewing pattern traffic before a flight. I frequently have a problem with the app continuing to run and broadcast through the phone even though the app has been closed (and yes....closed....not just in background).
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6 years ago, Timayy
Great app
Love the access via nearby and other airports. I use it to help my ATC communication improve. One item of feedback. When I am on an airline flight and my flight is being handed off to another frequency it would be great to be able to search on frequency like you can on the web site.
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3 years ago, BIGGMAN40
Latest Version Is A Big Step Backwards
The latest version starts with a message in red NO CHANNEL SELECTED even though it is playing one. A lot of the time when I try to select a channel by hitting the blue bar SELECT CHANNEL it will kick me back to CHANGE CHANNEL screen. When first starting it doesn’t start with the channel I last listened to. Also what the heck is the Blue bar at the bottom with the L and R on either side.
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6 years ago, YsniperY
Pretty good
I use this app all the time. As a pilot I enjoy listening to ATC and pilots and follow them on a “radar app” as well. The app works well but I wish there was a way to input a frequency vs choosing from a list. Some of the sectors for Seattle Center aren’t available to listen to. Update?? Otherwise I think the app is the best of its kind.
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8 years ago, Jetfuel1996
From a Pilot
I've been flying for years and I gotta say, this is the site/app that helped me learn communication with Air Traffic Control. Talking to ATC is like second nature to me because of this. Amazing app to have! However, see if you can get KSAN Clearance and ground on there for us? Keep up the great work! - CF
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9 years ago, Voyager13
Suggestion: Audio Archives?
The website offers a way to access audio archives, which is very interesting. I wonder if that feature could be added to this app? Anyway, I come from a family of pilots and we love this app! Great job!
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5 years ago, dephtones69
My top 3 apps
I’m an aviation nut. This is my top 3 app easily along with the gold version of flight radar. Using those two together is very fun while plane spotting. Being a user of the website and app for years and I have very little to complain about.
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11 months ago, KALPA111
Crucial Airports Missing
Dont take me wrong, this truly is a magestic app. Although it would be great if the airports Ezeiza and Aeroparque (Both from Argentina) could be added. I dont know how the adding airports policies work but for sure this ones would be great.
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1 year ago, UAL4life
Great App that replaces the infamous United Ch9
This app is the best you could hope for in the environment of overly regulated Air Traffic Control audio. Not only that it allows you to listen to music while tuned in. Wish more apps did that. 5/5
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3 years ago, flyndoc
Good but...
Great app but 2 issues. I could not get it to shut off on my iPhone 10 . I finally had to delete it completely . Also for ktvc, only ground and center frequencies are available. Most useful would be tower, esp so I can gauge activity before leaving home . Sound was great, clear . But, can’t keep adding and deleting app every time I want to use it.
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7 years ago, Donovan Patrick
Decent app - add archives
This is a good app - but it doesn't have the past recordings (archives). I'm not sure why, this seems like it would be a very easy feature to include so we don't have to go to the website to listen to the archives. Also the receivers need to be located closer to the broadcasting sites to reduce static.
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9 years ago, JC San Diego
Awesome app!!
Great app, I go down to SAN and watch the planes take off and land. Now I can listen to the traffic, makes the experience even better. The app works great and it has only lost connection once but it refreshed and fixed it self pretty quick
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3 years ago, JaredC55555
Needs a gain adjustment
Needs a volume adjustment to turn up quiet feeds. With the latest features, I like to have music on in the background, but unless the music is super quiet, I can’t hear ATC. Please build in a way to turn up the app volume!
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9 years ago, The German2
Must have App if you a P........
I have had this since day one. Many many years ago. I am a private pilot and just like many of us I am an airport/airplane bum and love listening to ATC. If your a pilot or just a wannabe :) this is the only App you MUST have :) N 124JG on final and clear for runway 9-er.
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1 year ago, unknown5150
Good app but needs updating
The app is good with lots of different area to listen to, but the app needs a major update as I don’t think it’s been updated in a long time. At times it will completely stop with no sound. Other times the actual ATC area will be totally shut off.
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5 years ago, GSBS30
When I first got the app a little while ago it worked great and I had a lot of fun using it. Now however, it seems to have a major problem with connectivity and it seems like every airport I have tried is not connected or as the app puts it , a streaming error. I wonder if this is fixable.
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5 years ago, Jercube
Works Perfectly
As I’m writing this I am listening to a Southwest plane do a touch and go at Sac International. You can have other apps open while listening and it’s all live. Definitely worth the price. 5 Stars!
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9 years ago, AA LAX
Great app ....but
So I got the app for a specific reason. Which was to monitor KLAX but it has not worked at all for that airport. It used to work great but for some reason it's always unavailable now. Can you guys please fix this.
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