HoloLens Reviewer Score: ★★★★☆

Download this app from the Microsoft Store. Download size is 544 MB.

Editor’s Review
The future is here, and the future is this demo app – wow!  This is one of those must-download apps.  So many options, so much to see and do. Just watching the planes fly around is fun!  The level of detail is impressive, and the menus are beautifully designed.

A friendly tutorial at the beginning introduces the user to the app. Zoom in to see detail on one airport area, or out to view all flight activity in Hawaii. Click on planes to view flight data and hear ATC conversations.

The only obvious drawback is that is only a demo, and that it doesn’t pull in live flight data.

Publisher’s Description
Try HoloFlight and use HoloLens’ groundbreaking technology to visualize real flight data in 3D as holograms.

The user can walk around and explore various parts of the visualized flight space. Simply gaze at airplanes to see detailed flight information or even hear ATC conversations with spatial sound. Different zoom levels of the terrain allow the user to see a broader view but also detailed information for a specific airport, including the control tower’s point of view.

An introductory tutorial will guide the user through the interactions once the experience is launched for the first time. The tutorial can also be opened again at any time by saying “Show Tutorial”. You can also watch a video walkthrough: https://youtu.be/IKMZoTbd8PM

This is a demo version of HoloFlight using offline data. You can choose between Hawai’i and the French Riviera flight space region. HoloFlight is in beta and improvements will follow.

 Scoring Matrix
Criteria Notes Score
User Interface Catchy, informative menus and interface is top-notch! ★★★★★
Graphics/3D Modeling Quality Land and plane detail is wonderful, menus are very high-quality. ★★★★★
Idea Execution Impressive demo, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see real ATC using this type of app eventually. ★★★★★
Amount of Content Demo – only two airports are available. ★☆☆☆☆
Wow Factor The crisscrossing flight paths of all the planes is pretty awesome in 3D! ★★★★★