Bits and Pieces
Electronics Corner - Avilution for Android
By Ian Brown, Editor - Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
A new offering demonstrated at Oshkosh was a product called Avilution. It is available for Android-based devices and the Canadian maps are limited to sectionals and enroute for portions of Canada and Mexico for the moment.
The business model for this software seems very smart indeed. The monthly outlay is a mere $4.95 for VFR and there is a 30-day free trial. You can pay effectively for eleven months to get a full year's subscription.
Avilution seems very intuitive to use. I met a user at their Oshkosh booth who was passionate about it. Selected as the top aviation application for Android devices, having been first introduced in 2010, it looks like it will give ForeFlight a serious run for the money. A premium subscription including approach plates and taxi diagrams is available for $114.95 a year.
It's only a couple of months since ForeFlight implemented its full Canadian database with CFS and charts and hopefully Avilution won't be far behind.
Some of the following features are only available to US pilots, but ForeFlight seems to have figured out a way around Canadian pilots using DUATS, for example and maybe the Avilution team will too.
- Create, save and edit flight plans and user waypoints.
- Search and navigate to addresses and other points of interest.
- Draw or write on charts and plates.
- File flight plans with DUATS.
- View aviation weather, on the ground or in the air.
- Simple navigation with optional Geo-referenced plates and airport taxi diagrams.
- Display ADS-B/TIS-B and XM Weather (Optional hardware required).
It's definitely worth the effort to run a 30-day free trial. Are there any volunteers out there willing to try it out and report their conclusions?