August 24, 2005

Runway Finder

runwayfinder.jpgA couple of weeks ago I worked with the Google API to create an interactive map of airports I have flown to as a general aviation pilot. I recently came across RunwayFinder.com, a site that uses similar technology, to display airport locations across the United States overlayed on a google map.

Like a traditional Google Map users can select to view in map view, satellite view or in a hybrid view that gives you a bit of both. This site adds in its own custom view called chart view. The chart view replaces the traditional background map with a sectional map to show aeronautical chart information including obstructions and special use airspace. RunwayFinder also shows weather conditions for an area at a glance by evaluating the cloud ceiling, visibility, and wind at specific airports.

I would advise against using the weather or maps for official flight planning and continue to use FAA sanctioned resources for flight planning and preperation. But, this is a really nice site for viewing airports around your home base and getting general information to prepare for your next flight.

Now if we can just get someone to make an interactive map of the best $100 Hamburgers.

Posted by at August 24, 2005 9:11 PM