July 10, 2005

Google Earth - A Great Pre-Flight Tool

google_earth_meigs_thumb.jpgWhen was the last time you flew to a new airport? In preparing for that flight you obviously reviewed your flight with the use of a sectional chart. You probably also reviewed information about your destination airport in your FAA Airport/Facility Directory. But, you still really don't know what to expect upon when you began to arrive at the new airport.

Google has launched a beta product called Google Earth which can be downloaded for free and can be a nice aid to pilots. The program lets you fly around a 3D globe, with overhead satellite photos, tilted 45-degree photos, 3D rendered buildings, and overlays that display everything from roads to hotels to bike routes. One caution is that most of the images are several years old so they may not be very accurate. But, since the images are old I was able to see a satellite view of Meigs field. Google Earth added in the buildings so I could have visualized what it would be like to fly into Meigs field.

Posted by at July 10, 2005 4:41 PM

I would imagine this tool is now one of your favorites! It's totally cool!!

Posted by: CJ at July 11, 2005 1:11 AM

Very creative use of the Earth tool. I've d/l'd it, but not installed it.

It steams me every time I think about Meigs, though I must say that it's destruction directly lead to me finally getting off my butt and learning to fly. I figured I'd better get to it before any other destinations were closed for good.

Posted by: Oblivion at July 20, 2005 5:35 PM