Feature allows tracking of live aircraft using Google Earth
ORLANDO, Fla., March 15 -- Aviation Data Systems, Inc, operators of the popular fboweb.com flight tracking and aviation information portal, announces enhancements to its free 3-dimensional flight tracking application, which is open to the general public. The service combines the web portal's flight tracking data with the mapping capabilities of Google Earth, the 3D map browsing program freely available from the search giant.
"The 'wow' factor is off the scale," said Andrew Green, President of Aviation Data Systems, Inc. "The service provides a singularly unique and fascinating way to follow US flights in real-time across the United States."
Services Provides Excellent Visual Representation of Data
Users can access the service over the Internet by pointing their web browser to fboweb.com/3d. Users must also have Google Earth installed, a program freely available at http://earth.google.com/.
From the fboweb.com website, users can enter the airline and flight ID of any commercial flight operating within US airspace, and Google Earth will launch, showing the user's selected flight and all surrounding traffic. Using the controls within Google Earth, users can then pan, zoom, and tilt the viewer to show the aircraft from any angle, and compare its location to ground reference images displayed within the map browser.
Feature Assists in Accident Investigation and Reporting
Media outlets and various agencies have used the 3D flight tracking features in the analysis of aviation accidents, as the interface provides a unique and detailed view of a flight's track. In the summer of 2006, the service was featured on ABC News, illustrating congestion in the flow of air traffic in the United States after the London airline terrorist scare.
In addition to the 3D flight tracking, a host of other services are freely available on the website, including free flight planning, flight plan filing, airport directories and diagrams, and aeronautical information services. With optional subscription services available on the site, users can access the complete flight data on any IFR flight operating within the United States since November of 2001, as well as a wide range of other flight-tracking related data.
Users interested in the service can find more information at www.fboweb.com.
Founded in 2000, Aviation Data Systems, Inc created fboweb.com to help simplify the tasks and processes involved in all aspects of aviation. The website provides flight tracking services both nationally and globally, as well as aeronautical information, airport and FBO listings, weather information, digital ATIS, and other operational support information to the aviation community. In addition, fboweb.com provides useful tools for pilots, including flight planning and flight plan filing capabilities, online pilot's logbook services, and a wide range of other features. Visit www.fboweb.com for more information.
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