• How is my donation used?
Your donation is applied toward Avare’s continued improvement, and toward expenses. None of the Apps For Aviators volunteers receives any financial compensation from donations, and some of us have even donated both our time and money.
• Why does a Software only application need money for improvement?
FAA charts, databases, and plates must be pre-processed from large files into Avare’s much smaller files that can be easily downloaded and displayed on any Android device. In addition to covering our expenses your donation will help buy ADS-B receivers and other new equipment to enable expanding Avare compatibility with a variety of add-on devices. Where possible we welcome temporary loans of equipment, so that we can add them to the list supported by Avare and credit the company on our Partners list.
• Are there any hidden costs to the application?
No. The application is totally free. However, we will probably be forced to pass along any fees the FAA might eventually decide to start charging everyone for FAA charts and other materials that are currently paid for by fuel taxes and other FAA revenue.
• Why does Apps4Av provide the application free?
Apps For Aviators is run by volunteers who like to fly and to write software code. We have chosen to donate it as Free Open Source Software (FOSS). The coding allows us to improve our programming skills, while making friends in the aviation and software communities. We like to hear your stories and ideas, and to see your aircraft. By providing the application for free, we are joined by more volunteers, meet more people, learn more, and reduce everyone’s cost of flying safely. Publicly publishing our code also helps to protect all of us from hidden functions, spyware, or bugs that have been included in some proprietary apps.
• What happens if I do not donate?
The application, charts and other materials will probably continue to be provided free because other people will continue donating their time and money. Many pilots have been willing to share with all of us some of the money Avare saves them, and some pilots have even donated much larger amounts to help us and the entire aviation community.
• What happens if no one makes a donation?
We have been very pleased by all the support and encouragement of the aviation and software communities. If all donations were to stop, the Apps4Av team would probably continue donating our own time and funds to keep the project going for at least a little while and might eventually find other exciting things to do. New features would no longer be added, and at some point Avare might then no longer be compatible with the latest devices.
If you’d like to contribute, please see our About page.
Thanks for your interest in Avare and our all-volunteer team.