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 Macrostrat.org, fossil localities from Neotomadb.org and Paleobiodb.org, 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.
Fixed a GPS permissions issue.
Ratings and Reviews
Great App...even when GPS doesn’t work
I’ve been using this app for years. It’s great in a a plane when GPS works, which is not always. I’m an inveterate window watcher, and hydrologist, and love to follow my way across the country. I also think it’s great that this is science based, through U of Minn, and partially funded by NSF. Sometimes planes are apparently too high for the GPS signal, but often the signal does come in and shows you right where you are. It’s great having Wikipedia entries available for the landscape you see, and Field Guides.
Room for improvement?
1) Go back to better terrain maps. The current version’s terrain maps have no labels on hydrologic features and are almost useless.
2) Bring back ability for users to set their own Points Of Interest (POIs). I used to see something from the sky that was unlabeled, mark it as a POI, and then look it up later. Also allow POIs to be exported with gps coordinates.
3) Allow geologic maps to be updated by users with more detailed local versions.
4) Solve the problem of no GPS reception on high flights. Not holding this against the developers though. When we can legally take phones off airplane-mode while airborne, that will help find a signal [I’ve tested it :) ].
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.
Great for VanLifers, parents and teachers!
This free app is a fabulous resource for those hitting the road, but feeling a bit like they might be missing gems along the way. The local guides and references provided at the end of the narratives are a great way to dig deeper, too.
Also a useful resource for parents and teachers who want to instill in their kids curiosity and an interest in science and history by starting with interesting info about their own city and neighborhood.
Thank you Science Foundation!
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- 154 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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