Look, no one likes flying. No one. With the possible exception of that guy who's racked up a billion airline miles and takes a round trip from JFK to Dubai just to get free cocktails. But since you've got to fly now and then, it's nice to have an aesthetically enjoyable way of keeping tabs on your flights and connections. Mobiata has a new, free version of the FlightTrack app, which is more than you can say for the dry sandwiches on your last non-stop Delta flight. And more than that, it's actually pretty awesome - this is easily the most visually appealing app of its kind on the Google Play Store.
All the basics are there: a database of every flight in the US, when it's scheduled to depart and arrive, and the index is searchable by airline, airport or flight number. Even cooler (if you're into that sort of thing) is the live tracking view, which shows you exactly where the flight is in the air over an animated Google Map. The developers have taken eye candy to a ridiculous level here - you can even see a little shadow on the ground as the plane passes. For those of you who are dedicated to leaving your laptop at home, there's a well-thought-out tablet interface as well.
What might be the most impressive part of FlightTrack Free is that it is truly free - no ads, no in-app purchases, nada. If you're a non-stop globetrotter, you might want to consider picking up the full (older) $4.99 FlightTrack app. It's not quite as pretty, but it adds a homescreen widget, delay forecasts, sharing to social networks and integration with SeatGuru.