Avare is a free open source "moving map" aviationGPS, A/FD and EFBapp for phones or tablets using the Android Operating System. The app uses an internal or external GPS to determine location, allowing real-time display of location, heading, speed, distance, and altitude on aviation and topographic charts. The user can also access all relevant FAA data in flight without data connection, once it has been downloaded to the device. Ability to display ADS-B data, and to connect with an auto-pilot or flight simulator can be enabled with add-on free open source apps.
It is possible to manually install the app on nearly any Android device.
Many more features are now included or being added, as outlined in the app Description.
Avare made its debut on September 10, 2012 as a basic open source aviation moving map GPS with code hosted on SourceForge and free FAA charts adapted for display on Android devices. It was created by Boston area pilot and Android programmer Zubair Khan after he had grown frustrated with the selection of Android GPS aviation apps that were then available. His goal was to provide a free app with no ads and minimal permissions to eventually fully utilize all of the free FAA materials available online. Over the following year of rapid development it gained a greatly expanded feature set, with several volunteers actively working on extending ADS-B options, along with charts and data for Canada and other countries.
As of August 12, 2014, the Google Play Store lists Avare as being installed on 50,000 - 100,000 devices, with an overall rating of 4.6/5 from 785 reviews.AOPA and EAA reviews have also favorable. Avare was one of six aviation apps invited to offer brief presentations at 11:45 am July 28 at the EAA Airventure 2014 event.