New app tells you what's outside the plane window

The Flyover Country app can tell you all about what lies beneath.
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The Flyover Country app can tell you all about what lies beneath.

Ever looked out the window at 40,000 feet and wondered exactly where you are?

Now a new app called Flyover Country can tell you, not only your position, but all about what's going on on the ground below.

"I was looking down from an aeroplane window and see this huge landscape and these geological features, and [wondering about] the landscape I was flying over," Shane Loeffler, the brains behind Flyover Country, told the Smithsonian.

The Flyover Country app detects geological points of interest along a flight path.
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The Flyover Country app detects geological points of interest along a flight path.

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The app uses cached maps offline after the user enters their flight path, side-stepping the purchase of expensive in-flight Wi-Fi.

It presents data from a variety of geological databases to give information on points of interest below.

Sitting in your window seat, you can look down on natural features like glaciers and man-made features read about them at the same time. 

Co-developer Amy Myrbo said more data sources were in development.

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"The way Shane put it, the aeroplane seat is sort of a planetarium for the Earth. It's a great way to inspire people to learn about the sciences.

The team was also keen for people to use the app on road trips, tramps and bike rides.

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