Industry News

April 2012 Issue

Quick WX for Droid: We’re Underwhelmed

All we want is an app that gives METARs, TAFs, NEXRAD and PIREPs both graphically and in text. That’s apparently too much to ask, at least so far.

Last month we dug into moving-map apps for the Android platform, but sometimes you just want a quick check of local weather on your phone to see if it’s worth a trip to the airport—or if it’s time to push the “no-go” button on your plans and go have a beer. We think the bare minimum for this would be METARs and TAFs—ideally presented graphically on a map with text details available—local NEXRAD and PIREPs. Armed with this ideal, we forayed into the Android Market and came up empty handed. That’s not saying there’s nothing out there. Here are our front-runners, so you don’t have to gamble your five dollars on which one does what.

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