Avionics Report

March 2012 Issue

Cockpit Apps for Droid? Try AviationMaps

None of the Android aviation apps match the top players on the iPad, but two small shops are closing the gap and the big iPad players are moving in soon.

The iPad cockpit revolution is a bit of a nightmare for us as we try to keep pace with the dizzying array of new and updated apps vying for space on your lap, and subscription money from your wallet. Now that Android-based tablets are on the market in force, the choice spectrum has widened further. Dizziness has turned into utter vertigo. We’re diving in nonetheless because Droid opens up many possibilities for tablet size, integration of other hardware and lower price. Naviator covers all the critical bases: it offers a moving map with a background layer of VFR sectionals, TACs, or IFR en route charts. Approach plates are included, with an option to have them georeferenced (your aircraft position appears in the plan view) for an additional fee.

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