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.
Lots of updates!
- vastly improved geologic maps from Macrostrat.org
- a new terrain base map that includes great ocean floor bathymetry from GMRT.org
- tons of new fossils from PaleobioDB.org
- feature highlighting
- performance and bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
Great for Seeing the World
As a Geoscience educator, I’m always amazed how very little of the Earth’s surface people recognize out of an airplane’s window seat. For years I’ve struck up conversations with people wondering why I was taking so many photos, now I can use his to show them why!
- Regents of the University of Minnesota
- 152 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © University of Minnesota, 2015
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.