Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Google Earth: The Ultimate Preflight Tool
How to view 3D depictions of sectional charts with real-time weather and much more!
|To this day, I can remember a rather “interesting” experience that occurred on a long solo cross-country while I was pursuing my private pilot license (almost 20 years ago). The time to my last waypoint, the destination airport, had expired, yet the field was nowhere in sight. After a few moments of panic and rechecking of numbers, I looked down, and (aha!) there it was. |
|A 3D building view of the Las Vegas Strip.|
|Texting Google |
Along with Google Earth, search functions and Gmail, here’s another cool feature that Google offers. You can get METAR information sent as a text message to your cell phone by texting “metar” followed by the ICAO airport code (for example, “metar KSMO,” for Santa Monica Municipal Airport in Santa Monica, Calif.) to 466453 (“GOOGLE”). The system also offers other useful information such as weather, airline flight status or even directions for once you’ve landed at a new destination. Full details are at www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/default/sms/index.html.