Application Name: OpenFlight Map
Description: Downloads US aviation charts for viewing on your Android phone.
Publisher’s website: SoftOutfit
Cost: Free (donationware)
Version/date reviewed: v.1.7 / 4-3-11
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2
There used to be a free aviation maps online server available for a number of Android mapping apps, including OruxMaps and MOBAC; however, it seems to have disappeared; rumor has it there’s some kind of patent issue involved. OpenFlight Map lets you download and view some of these maps for the US, but currently with no navigation capabilities.
After agreeing to a liability waiver, you’ll get a US map covered with red Xes. Tap on a rectangle, and get the option to download the aviation chart that covers either the North or South half. These are fairly large files (~8 MB), so WiFi is the best data connection choice.
When done, a scrollable/zoomable map view will open up.
When one map for a zone is downloaded, a green slash will replace the red “X”; when both are downloaded and stored on your phone, a green square will appear. Maps are stored locally on your phone, but can be deleted to free up room on your SD card.
Other issues: This is NOT a navigation app; there’s no GPS capability, routing or waypoints, though the author indicates he may add those eventually. And this is just for reference/casual viewing; it’s not recommended for actual navigation use. It apparently also isn’t working on some Android tablets.
Final thoughts: Hopefully, the aviation map servers will go back online at some point, but until they do, this is the next best thing.