Interesting affordable VFR GPS solution

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    Gipsi Apps VFR Nav+ is an inexpensive GPS solution using a $5 app, Google Earth and an Android phone or tablet. It even offers voice prompts to keep you on course. Creator/president/cook/bottle washer John Benedict is a GA pilot. I have no connection to this company or product other than thinking it's pretty neat. See also Clutton FRED - Inexpensive aviation GPS in the FRED spirit. Cheers, Matthew
     
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    Looks promising. Thanks for uploading the link!
     
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    What about maps? US only as usual ?
     
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    Wow, that's pretty interesting -- Assuming one intends flying VFR, as versus the quasi-IFR that seems so prevalent…

    Will have to carry uptodate charts (gasp…;))
     
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    Using google maps will quickly navigate you blank.

    There are a lot of excellent free apps that do all that, including worldwide airspace, embedded notams, airport databases and so on. All freely available.

    XCsoar and LK8000 come to mind.

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    I'm not finding that in the Android Play Store. Is it a side-load-only app? I have XCSoar, but I'm always looking for good flight software.
     
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    What a shame! None of these app can talk to the comm radios, NDBs, VORs, ILS receivers, and etc.
     
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    LK8000 is a fork of XCSoar. Frankly, it's a bit better, but doesn't run under Android, they only support some very rare xpads that are quickly getting obsolete.

    I've never used one of those. Why bother in the first place ;)

    (Though waypoints databases of airports are GREAT. Press one button and you have the nearest one lighten up, including frequencies and whether they're within glide range)
     
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    Ah, okay. Thanks. I recently found a recommendation of Avare, which is free on Android and has no subscription fee. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but the recommendation was that it was pretty good. Oriented around powered aircraft, though. No real soaring tools.


    Indeed. NDB? I've read about them. But all these software apps already tie in to GPS, and even relatively inexpensive hand-held radios can do basic VOR as a backup.

    Avare does have this, at least. You can punch in the L/D of your aircraft as a setting, and then when you hit the "my noisemaker went quiet" button, it'll tell you the runways within gliding range.
     
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    I can also recommend Avare. Using it in my RV on a super cheap pre-paid android cell phone.
     
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    I keep a my Android cellphone in my pocket as a back up. The tablet is held on with 4 1" squares of white velcro. Avare worked great on my $35 Kindle fire when using the Starux Radio but spun my compass 90 degrees. The 8" Samsung Tab E does not. Advantage to the Samsung Tablet is it has GPS built in. Moving map only no ads-b traffic and weather in but still very useful. Be sure to download the regional plates for the airports.

    The find nearest airport function will come in handy should things not go as planned.

    4 corner Velcro is real secure and 100% suction cup free!
     

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    Just downloaded Avare to my "Nextbook" yesterday.
    Will check it out.

    Thanks!
     
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