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Is there such a thing ?

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Is there such a thing ?

Is there such a devise that I can take on my flights that tell me where I am flying over in more detail than the monitors on board most aircrafts, I would love to know what's below I'm sure it would make my long haul flights much more pleasurable


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1. Re: Is there such a thing ?

My husband has taken his GPS/Garmin and it seemed to work OK where we were....it was a flight from Victoria to Calgary, not sure how it would do over Siberia or somewhere like that.

But the battery didn't last too long and other issues occurred - can't remember what they were.

Kind of a useless answer, sorry :)

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2. Re: Is there such a thing ?

An atlas, although you would actually have to monitor where you were by checking out the window for visual references, eg towns, rivers, lakes, mountains etc

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3. Re: Is there such a thing ?

Plenty of longhaul carriers have IFE that shows where your current position is. If there's wifi onboard then you could check flightaware.com or similar.

GPS isn't permitted on many carriers.

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4. Re: Is there such a thing ?

Personally, I look out of thw widow on take off and again when we're coming in to land - otherwise, knowing where we are is just one more reminder of the hours of discomfort ahead!

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5. Re: Is there such a thing ?

I've seen GPS recorders that record your position every minute. You then display the file on a PC (when your back on the ground) using Google Earth etc. It displays location height and speed.

Not what you are looking for though. Would a tablet with GPS display your location on maps stored in its memory? I think for any GPS to work you would need a window seat.

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6. Re: Is there such a thing ?

I have found that on airlines which allow GPS systems, it can often be difficult for a smartphone or tablet to get in touch with enough satellites to get a 3-dimensional location, even when sitting in a window seat (in other seats it's almost impossible). I used MyTracks (which came with my Android phone) to log the positions and it got superimposed on a map when I got back to having internet. If you want to do it during the flight you would need to have some sort of navigation software with all the maps that cover the regions you are flying over downloaded and available.

I was reading the other day that Glympse (the application that lets you "share your where" with friends) is going to work on flights that have the GoGo Wifi service installed. What I am not sure is what that does to fix the issue with not being able to use a GPS signal, since that is what the application usually uses.

Long answer, I know - short version: No, not that I am aware of.

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7. Re: Is there such a thing ?

I think Delta's relatively new iPad and the "glass bottom" feature, sort of does this:


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8. Re: Is there such a thing ?

anglicum I hope you are not one of the pilots ;-)

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