Track your flight with GPS - discover information about the world below and clouds above with offline maps and points of interest. Worldwide.
**GPS functionality is only possible from the window seat and GPS reception quality varies by device/conditions**

Learn about the world along the path of your flight, hike, or road trip with GPS tracking. Offline geologic maps and interactive points of interest reveal the locations of fossils, core samples, and georeferenced Wikipedia articles visible from your airplane window seat, road trip, or hiking trail vista.

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Flyover Country is a National Science Foundation funded offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. The app exposes interactive geologic maps from, fossil localities from and, Wikipedia articles, offline base maps, and the user’s current GPS determined location, altitude, speed, and heading. The app analyzes a given flight path and caches relevant map data and points of interest (POI), and displays these data during the flight, without in flight wifi. By downloading only the data relevant to a particular flightpath, cache sizes remain reasonable, allowing for a robust experience without an internet connection.

Flyover Country is not limited to the window seat of airplanes. It is also ideal for road trips, hiking, and other outdoor activities such as field trips and geologic field work.

What’s New

Version 2.3.1

Landscape feature articles now include images!

Visual improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

sandrifting ,

Endlessly entertaining

I’m a geologist who travels by air extensively. I love this app for not only knowing where I am at any given moment (gee, that’s Ohio?) but also for allowing me to really know what I’m looking at in terms of landforms, regional geology, ages of rocks, etc. Downloading ahead of time is brilliant and saves on WiFi costs. My only quibble with the latest update is that it no longer allows a dash to be used in the path name - so “DEN-DCA” is no longer viable; this seems like a pointless restriction.

yaro obba ,

Gotta use it to believe it

Update 2019jan: works on iPad Pro now, but doesn’t on iPhone XS, in fact doesn’t even save new paths on the latter.

Old review, from back when GPS was working perfectly (it doesn’t get picked up anymore, which kind of defeats the purpose of the app): Works superbly. I had no idea that GPS continued to work even in airplane mode. Highlight of a recent flight was being able to tell we were passing by Hamburg before the pilot announced it.

roastedbeans ,

Totally cool flight time experience!

For someone who always goes for aisle seating, this app may be changing things. If you download your maps before you leave it won’t require you to get on the plane Wifi to work. It’s magical once your GPS loads and you can see in real time what you are over. Very educational!


Regents of the University of Minnesota
145.5 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© University of Minnesota, 2018


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