I'm a VFR pilot, just bought 2 Droid X (aka DX) phones (wife and I) at Costco, and am amazed at the great aviation apps and in-flight uses I've already discovered. I've started a thread on this topic at (Pilots Of America dot com, thread 40704) and thought it might also be helpful to have one here. I see there are currently five other threads here on androidCentral that came up listed as similar even though I hadn't found them in my prior search, but all have few posts and none more recent than October. Given how incredibly fast the Android scene is moving, I'm hoping this can be a thread with a focus on aviation that's kept updated with new posts. I'm currently keeping the POA thread updated, and welcome help keeping this one updated too.
What I'm personally seeking right now are free VFR apps, but other pilots seem to be looking for good logbooks, IFR apps, EFBs and of course everything else you can imaging. As described on POA, my wife and I flew a 172Q on a looping round trip from SoCA to Canada just after buying our DXs and no time to read directions. Even so, we found them incredibly useful in the cockpit and on the ground. Given that Costco is now selling the DX for $49, that device in particular seems likely to gain many aviation users with its combination of large screen and excellent performance. Add the new Android tablets and all the other great Android devices, and aviation seems like a big growth area for 2011.
I've found it difficult to get useful results searching for aviation apps on the Market. Please share your discoveries on all aviation-related Android apps so we can all benefit from your experience. My current fav is the free (OruxMaps), and I was told by the developer that a new version may be released next weekend restoring the free VFR Sectionals that had been coming from RunwayFinder. RMaps has them now, but lacks the many great features of OruxMaps. Right now I'm using the stock task-switcher (long-press Home button) to use both apps, with gMaps terrain on Orux and Sectionals on RMaps.
Update: I'm disappointed to learn that links here on androidCentral can only be seen by subscribers, so I've edited this post to add names so you can at least search for specific apps on the Market.
Search for a product called "Aviation Tools" on Android Market!!!! This is a fantastic tool. Amazing, clean, full featured. Just see it for yourself. I believe it has both online viewing of airport AFD, airport diagrams, approach plates as well as offline download option for airport favorites. Tethered from your Android phone to tablet, you can pull up the weather. Nearest. Map showing position and distance to airport and bearing. Truely amazing tool. I paid for the 2.00 donate app version. To keepnthis guy moving ahead. He deserves it. This is easily a 15.00 app!!
For a decent digital chart down load app I found "OpenFlight Map". You can find it on the market. They have a free one, a pay one with plane position overlay with your GPS. And one called unlimited. Not sure what that one adds. The free one does sectionals and if charts. Click spots for choosing chart sometimes a little winky but it works. Once you play with it a bit, all is well.
Sporty's has an Android based e6b.
"Spin a wind" is pretty cool.
Flight Plan Mobile is really cool. You can download approach charts and AFD's by state in packs for offline viewing. Works great!
Fltplan mobile has been getting some big updates. They just added fltdeck guide. A full airport information directory. Like a big AFD in digital format with search by area or airport. Shows frequencies, phone numbers, basic runway data, links to all kinds of extra bits of information like local airport business names and phone numbers.
Search fltplan mobile on the Android app store. Fltplan not flightplan.
Hey Everyone! I just made an app that you might find useful called the Aviation Fuel Burn Calculator. It's useful for cross countries, especially if you're renting. There are two different methods for easily calculating the fuel burn. It can be found by searching for it on the market or at
I am planning on making updates, please let me know if you have any suggestions!
I stumbled across a pretty handy little moving map app that works really well...and best of all, its free. Go to navzilla.com and download it. I've been using it for a couple of months and am very pleased with it. The only downside is that the nav info is one version behind the FAA, so it might not be completely current.
Avare is new one to check out. A really remarkable No Ads, Free, open-source, moving-map aviation app. Works on any device running Android 2.2 or newer. Currently has VFR Sectionals & TACs, about to add IFR Low & WACs + TFRs, METARs, AFD & Airport Diagrams, 50 Nearest airports. Also has a feature I really like: long-press any point on the chart to get the compass direction & distance From your Destination (perfect for radio calls). More features are being added really quickly.
Avare was created by my friend Zubair, a GA pilot in Boston who has been installing Android on OEM phones for several years. Search for Avare on the Play store , or visit the apps4av (dot com) website for more info. See the Avare Intro on the Apps4Av website.