However, the Android tablets in many ways are more appealing. Does anyone know of any Android Apps for aviation? How do they compare to the Apple equivalent?
I still prefer the iPad over the Android tablet. The iPad is built very well and the user experience is very consistant with any app you might buy.
With Android you never know what the progam will look like (layout) on your device. So its always best to try a demo version out before you purchase a program.
Some other useful android apps I use:
e6b+ - the best free w+b app I've found (and if you fly an Archer II, Cessna 152/172N or Cirrus SR22 it has built-in C of G charts)
Real Time GPS Tracker - very useful free tracking app. As good as SPOT if you have cell service where you're flying, but completely free!
Designed in Vancouver.
The only problem for Canadian VFR Unfortunately is that Nav Canada holds the copyright to the actual VFR and IFR charts and they are currently unable to be added to the app.
When will Navcanada enter the 21st century?
The first was to help me practice doing clock math to calculate a diversion ETA and GS based on time between landmarks.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... rsionTrial. If randoms up the distance to the alternate and time / distance to calculate GS from.
The next (and my most popular so far) is a tool to learn to speak the ICAO alphabet. There're many apps the show you the alphabet, mine is the only one that requires you to speak it which is what you actually need to learn.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... AOPhonetic
My third app demonstrates the physics involved in coordinated turns. Loading, turn rate, radius and stall speed are recalculated and displayed as you adjust the bank angle and airspeed. A common textbook illustration brought to life.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... en711.Turn
The latest idea is a graphical, touch/drag method to draw wind triangles for flight planning. No entering numbers or spinning spinners to input the values. Just drag the vectors and everything calculates, even the magnetic heading. A more intuitive 'whizwheel'. As a bonus on this app there is a game to practice estimating the WCA and calculating your Magnetic heading. True course, Airspeed and Wind are created at random. Estimate the WCA with your E6B, or even estimate it in your head. Drag the heading bug to the the required magnetic heading and tap to fly. If you drift to far you loose your way and your score.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... Windvector
The other one I really like is called "Aircraft Weight and Balance" (the one by Appventive, there are a few with this title). It costs about $10, but it is really easy to setup and use.