Notes from the Bahamas: GE in Education, AGE More KML, Disney 3D

I’m currently writing you from a beautiful resort in the Bahamas! My wife and I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the Bahamas and stay at a nice resort for a couple of days. And, since I’ve never flown myself to the Bahamas, I decided to make an effort. After running around getting an international FCC radio license, US customs decal, and making arrangements for other necessary equipment and charts, we finally were ready. Yesterday we got up early, and had a nice flight down to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE). Here we picked up some necessary survival equipment (e.g. life vests and life boat), and then headed out over the water. After getting out of the way of Miami traffic, they finally let us fly direct for Georgetown, Great Exuma (MYEF). We’re staying at the St. Francis Resort which is a delightful place on beautiful island called Stocking Island. You can view our GPS tracks and the resort . Oh, and I forgot to mention that I used Google Earth to plan the route, check out the airports, check weather, and view the resort before we left (see GE for Pilots).
Here’s some other news:

  • GE in Education – Google is having a “Google Teacher Academy” and I like this post about using Google Earth for literary teaching. Also, hundreds of teachers in Greenville County are getting exposure to Google Earth at a teacher conference.

  • AGE More KMLESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer has a new update – part of the ArcGIS 9.3 new release coming this week. ArcGIS Explorer is the GIS giant’s own virtual globe. The new update includes better KML support. via AnyGeo.

  • Disney 3D – Google has now made a layer available under Gallery->Travel and Tourism->Walt Disney World Resorts which shows placemarks of many sights at the Disney Resorts in Orlando. These are worth looking at with the 3D Buildings layer because Disney and Google recently added very detailed 3D models of the resorts (including trees, rides, hotels, and more). See a YouTube demo of the Disney in 3D collection.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Ryan Baker says:

    Looks like a good trip! What type of plane are you in? I have made the trip to Exuma a few times in a Cessna 402.

  2. @Ryan: it was a Cessna 182

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