GPS in the Sky
As far as I know, you are able to use your GPS without a 3g connection. For example in a plane 40,000 feet in the air a 3g connection is not possible but a gps connection is. The only problem is that Google maps is not stored on the phone but stored on their server which means you need a 3g connection to load the content.
I'm wondering if there is a simple app where the map would be stored on the phone. It would be nice to see where you are in the sky when flying from place to place. I would appreciate if someone knew an app that would make this possible.
- 06-26-2010, 11:18 AM #2
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- 06-26-2010, 12:01 PM #5
I have been looking for the same thing. Basically a way to use GPS in an offline mode. After reading your post I went into the marketplace and searched for offline gps. Found an app called Locus. You can select and area and a zoom setting and download the map into your sd card. You can then use that map in an offline mode and turn on gps. It can then follow you just like if you were online. Hope this is what you where looking for.
- 06-26-2010, 01:57 PM #7
Let me list all of the maps to choose from.
Blank Map - Zooms 20
OSM (Classic) - Zooms 18
OSM (CloudMade) - Zooms 18
OSM (Cyclo) - Zooms 18
OSM (Public Transport) - Zooms 18
Google (Classic) - Zooms 19
Google (Satellite) - Zooms 20
Google (Terrain) - Zooms 15
Shocart (Cykloserver) - Zooms 8
Yahoo (Classic) - Zooms 17
Yahoo (Satellite) - Zooms 17
Microsoft (Aerial) - Zooms 16
Microsoft (Road) - Zooms 16
Microsoft (Hybrid) - Zooms 16YX
- 06-26-2010, 05:08 PM #9
I have 2 options that I've been looking at to use while in Italy since data on my Dinc won't work over there without WiFi. They are both in the Market. OruxMaps and MapDroyd. They both allow maps of different types to be downloaded and used offline. One feature I wish I saw in them but neither has is the ability to search for a street within the map...but they both look reasonable for what you're talking about. Included in the types of maps you can download are VFR and IFR charts...so that might be cool for ya.
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- 06-26-2010, 08:04 PM #11The Storm has cleared to an Incredible day! I ate an IceCream Sandwhich. Still needed JellyBeans. ;-)NEXUS!!!!!!
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- 06-27-2010, 04:26 PM #14
And for anyone else interested...........
Turn Off That Phone! | How Things Work | Air & Space Magazine
Looks like from now on I'm turning that offThe Storm has cleared to an Incredible day! I ate an IceCream Sandwhich. Still needed JellyBeans. ;-)NEXUS!!!!!!
- 06-27-2010, 06:47 PM #15
- 06-27-2010, 10:03 PM #16The Storm has cleared to an Incredible day! I ate an IceCream Sandwhich. Still needed JellyBeans. ;-)NEXUS!!!!!!
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- 07-08-2010, 01:08 PM #21
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I found this thread while looking for the same thing. Thanks for the Locus tip; I've installed it and it seems to be what I need. I'll test it out on a cross-country flight tomorrow. If not then I'll try MapDroyd next.
"Strictly spekaing, you are supposed to turn off your GPS receiver while on a commercial flight. "
Strictly speaking, that's NOT correct. Most airlines do quietly allow it, some do not (click for latest list). Sure, all airlines require that you turn it off during takeoff and landing, as with all electronics, but above 10,000 feet you are allowed to use it.
Alas, the cabin staff may not understand this or be aware of their airline's policy, so what I do is A) try to find a policy statement on the airline's website and print that out to show them just in case (politely), and B) use it discretely -- when they come by with the drink cart I tuck it away. No point in creating needless drama.
Edit: after posting this I realized I hadn't seen page 2 of this thread, and went back and scanned it. Now wishing I hadn't checked it at all. In short: yes, there are valid reasons for these policies, and the reasons don't all have to do with the actual RFI. Imagine, misinformation in an internet forum ...2003 - 2010: Samsung i500 Palm phone (7 yrs!)
2010 - 2012: HTC Hero w/ 2.1/Eclair
2012 - present: Motorola Droid Razr M w/ 4.1/Jellybean
- 07-08-2010, 01:12 PM #22
- 07-08-2010, 01:22 PM #23
I'm just curious about the phone off and gps off while flying. I think it's bullchit because if there was a real chance of it happening they would TAKE your phones and laptops because they know people are not going to listen. To take everyones life into the hands of some random kid with a phone is a little nuts.. so it's not going to happen.