Friday, February 24, 2006

Track your flight

Another interesting example of a Google Maps mashup. GMaps Flight Tracker let you see the path of planes arriving at JFK, LAX and O'Hare among a few others using by default the satellite view of Google Maps.

Select a flight number on the left and you will get its whole flight plan with the time it occurred. You can also download the corresponding KML file for use with Google Earth. It gives you its altitude, speed and heading.

Some ads will popup and the drawing could be improved. But you got the idea. Data seems to be provided by FboWeb.com which has paid offers with more features but which also provides some valuable freebies.

These maps make use of TLabel, a JavaScript-based API Extension to Google Maps developed by Tom Mangan who also makes available TPhoto, another extension API that let you embbed alternate aerial photos in Google Maps.

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