Avare • Add-On Apps

This is where we placed introductions to the AddOn Apps we were creating to extend the capabilities of our early Avare aviation GPS & EFB app. We were using this AddOn approach so that users who only wanted the core functions of Avare, could avoid any increased need for updates or storage space.  As with Avare, all our apps are free and open source, with no annoying push ads or invasive Permissions.
NOTE: In recent years the core capabilities of the I/O app in particular have been integrated directly into Avare and greatly improved. Most Avare users do not need either of these apps. We retain the old Add-On apps for anyone who may still find them useful.

ChartSack
Go beyond FAA charts.
This small app provides a way to view and navigate on any map or chart. To learn more out the free open source app ChartSack click here. (To import and view/navigate non-FAA maps and charts in Avare using a limited manual process, search our Forum.)

Avare External I/O Plugin app
Add external GPS, ADSB, Flight Sim, Autopilot, etc.
NOTE: In recent years Avare has ADS-B In included and greatly improved. Most users do not need this external app (search our Forum for details).
This free Plugin app provides additional free connectivity between your Android device running Avare, and most external devices built with industry standard NMEA compatibility. This is great for connecting external ADS-B and GPS devices with Avare via a Bluetooth or WiFi connection, for GPS and all features of ADSB-In. This app provides NMEA output from Avare to drive autopilots, and the MS Flight Sim, XPlane and Flightgear flight simulators. Actual functions based on this extended connectivity are being added and actively developed, so you’ll want to watch our Forum and the Play Store for updates. A list of some external devices known to work with Avare may be found on our Avare • Compatibility page.

Note that this Avare External I/O Plugin app may still be required in order for Avare to connect with some external GPS units and use their location data.
NOTE: No plugin is needed for a GPS built in to your Android device.

This Avare External I/O Plugin app requires the free Avare app, which should be installed first.

NOTE: Based on manufacturer and carrier implementations, Android devices handle Airplane Mode differently. If you use Avare in Airplane Mode, the Bluetooth transceiver in your device may or MAY NOT be active. It’s possible that if Bluetooth isn’t working on your device after you activate Airport Mode, it may work if you simply turn on Bluetooth again while in Airplane Mode. You could also further investigate how your device actually handles airplane mode with a free tool such as Airplane Mode Modifier.

For more information about installing and using this app, start with the post on this website titled Using the Avare External I/O Plugin app. For further details, the very latest on new and planned features, and to share your questions or comments please visit our Apps4Av Forum.

Bluetooth GPS for Avare app
Use a second Android device as an external GPS
This app enables you to use the built in GPS of one Android device, to serve as the location sensor for one or more other devices running Avare. For example if you fly with an Android tablet that has no built in GPS or won’t work on your kneeboard, you can use an Android phone with built in GPS placed with a clear view of the sky to supply GPS location data to your tablet via Bluetooth. Note that no plugin is required for Avare to use the GPS built into the Android device on which you’re running the Avare app. This Bluetooth GPS for Avare app merely adds the option of using another Android device as your GPS data source for the Avare app.

Note: you do not need this app for a non-Android external GPS receiver. The Avare External I/O Plugin app is required in order for Avare to connect with external non-Android devices such as dedicated GPS and ADS-B receivers. This new Bluetooth GPS For Avare app is only needed for additionally enabling external Android devices such as tablets or phones with built-in GPS, to emulate a dedicated external GPS unit by sending their location data to the primary device(s) running and displaying Avare.

This enables pilots to conveniently place their primary Avare device(s) for optimal viewing and operation in flight, and place a secondary Android device with built in GPS receiver in the optimal location for satellite reception (for example, beneath the windshield with an unobstructed view of the sky). That secondary device’s GPS data is then sent via this app, to the primary Android device(s) running Avare (such as a tablet or phone attached to the aircraft control yoke, panel, or pilot’s kneeboard).

Put your Android phones to good use, and add redundancy to GPS navigation. For example convert your phone to a Bluetooth GPS, so it can be placed in an appropriate location in the aircraft, for optimum GPS signal reception. Your primary phone/tablet placed for optimum visibility and physical access can then run Avare, and obtain GPS location from your secondary device serving as a GPS receiver and placed accordingly.

Installation
Primary Device (running and displaying Avare):
• Install Avare
• Install the Avare External I/O Plugin app

Secondary Device (providing GPS reception):
• Install this Bluetooth GPS For Avare app

Setup
1. On Secondary Device(s), launch this Bluetooth GPS For Avare app.
2. On Primary Device, launch the Avare External I/O Plugin app, and then the Avare app.
3. On Secondary Device(s), click the Enable Pairing button from this Bluetooth GPS For Avare app.
4. On Primary Device, Pair with Secondary Device using that device’s Bluetooth settings.
5. On Primary Device, launch the Avare External I/O Plugin app, and connect to Secondary Device(s) using the External Bluetooth GPS menu.
6. On Primary Device, start Avare and navigate.

While all this may look complex, once the initial setup is done the routine setup and operation is fairly simple and intuitive.

Note that many dedicated external GPS receiver devices will perform more accurately and reliably than the GPS receivers built into most Android devices such as phones. This can be due to many factors including the fact that the primary purpose of external units is GPS reception; they may receive multiple GPS bands; they may access supplementary WAAS transmissions; and they may have more sensitive receivers with better noise rejection. Even so, the GPS built into most Android devices will perform well when optimally placed, so we hope this app can save you some money while providing an alternate GPS source.

NOTE: Based on manufacturer and carrier implementations, Android devices handle Airplane Mode differently. If you use Avare in Airplane Mode, the Bluetooth transceiver in your device may or MAY NOT be active. It’s possible that if Bluetooth isn’t working on your device after you activate Airport Mode, it may work if you simply turn on Bluetooth again while in Airplane Mode. You could also further investigate how your device actually handles airplane mode with a free app such as Airplane Mode Modifier.

Please learn more about these Avare add-on apps or share your feedback, questions and/or comments  on our Apps4Av Forum (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/apps4av-forum).