Installation and setup

App installation

Installation on Android devices

Enroute Flight Navigation is available as an Android App in the Google Play Store.

An unofficial version of the app is also available at F-Droid. While the author of Enroute Flight Navigation endorses publication at F-Droid, he has not tested this unofficial app for quality.

Installation on Linux desktop machines

Enroute Flight Navigation is available for free download at flathub.org and snapcraft.io. Most likely you will also find the app in the software management application on your computer.

After installation, start the app. Depending on the platform, you might need to grant the necessary permissions. You will be asked to accept the terms and conditions.

Map download

Enroute Flight Navigation cannot be used without geographic maps. Two types of maps need to be installed for every region where you fly.

  • Aeronautical maps. These contain airspaces, airfields and navaids. Some maps also contain reporting points, airfield traffic circuits and control zone entry/exit routes.

  • Base maps. These contain geographic data, such as rivers, roads, railroads and land use.

Follow these steps to install the maps that you need.

  • Open the Menu by touching the menu button in the upper right side of the screen. The button is marked with the symbol ‘☰’.

  • Choose the menu item Library, then Maps and Data. The data management page will then open.

  • On the map management page, click or tap on the desired maps. The maps will be downloaded and installed on your device.

Please download only those maps that you will actually need. The infrastructure and bandwidth for map downloads is kindly sponsored by the University of Freiburg, under the assumption that the cost stays within reasonable limits. You will also find that the app performs much better if it does not have to process many megabytes of map data.

Note

Do not forget that you need aeronautical maps and base maps for the desired area of flight. The base maps are large. Make sure that you have a good internet connection before you download maps. It might be inadvisable to download base maps via the mobile phone network.

Once the map download has finished, Enroute Flight Navigation will process the map data and update the map display after a minute or so. Tap or click on the arrow symbol ‘←’ or use the Android ‘Back’ button to leave the map page and return to the main screen.

Set aircraft specifics

We recommend that you tell Enroute Flight Navigation a little about your aircraft before you fly.

  • Open the Menu by touching the menu button in the upper right side of the screen.

  • Choose the menu item Aircraft. The aircraft page will then open.

Aircraft settings

Aircraft specifics

Please fill in the relevant data. While not every data item is used in the present version of Enroute Flight Navigation, we expect that future versions of the app will use all the data that is requested on this page.

Tap or click on the arrow symbol ‘←’ or use the Android ‘Back’ button to leave the map page and return to the main screen.

Done.

You are now ready to go. There are many things that you could set up at this stage, but we recommend that you simply look around any play with the app. Continue with the next section and take it for your first flight.