Cool US Flights Visualization in Google Earth

James Stafford has posted another flight visualization collection for Google Earth which uses a really cool KML technique. This time he shows the US domestic flight routes from an FAA database for October 2007 (over 13,000 flights). After loading his file (2MB), when you move your mouse over a placemarks for an airport it immediately shows flight lines from that airport to destinations within the US. If you click and hold your middle mouse button on a placemark you can pan and tilt your view and see how the lines connecting airports are represented by nice parabolas. If you have a SpaceNavigator 3D mouse, you can really zoom around and get a look. To show off this file and these techniques, I’ve made a short little video clip:


James said he was concerned how GE would perform with over 13,000 flights represented. But, GE seems to handle them well. Read more at James’ Barnabu blog.
See also: Real-time Flight Tracking, Australia/New Zealand Flights, Animating International Flights, UK and Ireland Flights.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



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