This is the app I’ve been waiting for!

How many times have you stared out of the window during a flight at the most amazing landscapes with no idea of where they are or even which country you’re flying over? Now, that problem has been solved with a new app called Flyover Country.flyover

You can 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 and georeferenced Wikipedia articles visible from your airplane window seat, road trip, or hiking trail vista. No wifi needed!

Flyover Country is a National Science Foundation funded offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. Developed at the University of Minnesota, it 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. It 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. Available for iOS and Android.

Read more about this project at What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You | Innovation | Smithsonian