Droid does internet @ 30,000 feet

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    Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Posting from DL2052 on the Droid somewhere over Florida. On airplane mode but fyi Delta and gogo are giving free wifi for the holidays. My entire family wants the Droid! So if anyone has any flights over the holidays with Delta, be sure to have your Droid handy!
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    wanna have some fun, go to flightaware.com and put in your flight number and see just how high, fast and where you are!
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    My Droid goes for it's first helicopter flight next week. The pilot never makes us put the phones in airplane mode so I'll have the Droid on the whole time. I wish there was an app to use the GPS and get MPH. The helo airspeed is usually somewhere between 120-150 MPH and it'd be fun to see the Droid try and clock that.
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    Was thinking of streaming live via Qik...but its boring out there.
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    Look into the gps tracking apps. They show tracks and i believe the gps track from instamapper.com shows mph and will upload it to a website.
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    GPS Speedo in market
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    Downloading. Thanks!
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    there also an app called adyno, could probably clock your speed with that
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    nice post. thanks

    Great post this will really help me.
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    wouldn't the GPS app not work since you're in airplane mode and using wifi instead of the towers being able to coordinate your position?
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    yes, the GPS function is not available on airplane mode....but as the poster said, his helicopter pilot doesn't make him put it into airplane mode when flying.
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    Gps is sattelites


    Actually I think when it is in GPS mode it is going off the GPS satellites, and Garmins work in planes....though the windows.
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    makes sense.

    disregard previous post!
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    Hey...if anyone is going to try this over the holidays, could you try using fring or Skype lite in Airplane mode to see if you can make a call over wi-fi and post your findings....I forgot to try fring while I was in the air...Gvoice text messaging works pretty darn well though!
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    From my experience with gogo, i wouldn't try VOIP apps just because the throughput on those planes gets MIGHTY slow once a number of people start browsing and streaming YouTube and what not. I MAY give it a try on Friday on my way back to Atlanta though! If I do, I'll keep you posted.
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    The Helo pilot doesn't even put his own cell phone into airplane mode when he's flying. I will wind up out of data coverage if my Droid does the same as my Moto Q does on the helo. I tend to drop data (all but text messaging, that still works somehow) right past Saguaro Lake when we get into the Canyon Lake area.

    I'm hoping the helo is the Eurocopter TwinStar because the pilot is a bit more daring with that one than the A-Star (difference between the two is TwinStar has two engines, A-Star only has one). He'll run the TwinStar through the canyons but he's light on the throttle in the A-Star.

    The helos themselves have hilarious cell phones, remember the old Iridium satellite telephone system? Iridium was so named because the Atomic Element number for Iridium is 77 and the network was supposed to be that many low-Earth-orbit satellites tied together to make an orbiting cell phone system that would put Verizon's to shame.

    Unfortunately, the cell phones are about the size of your average wine bottle. Consumer acceptance was somewhere between zero and none, and it got relegated to commercial and military use as the project faded out of view.

    The helos have those cell phones, though. Better than nothing but expensive as heck. The Helo is too, though. The TwinStar used price is about $1.6 Million.