3D airnav data: Google Earth/DAFIF mashup

Google Earth is a 3D geographical visualization program available for Windows, MacOS X, and Linux.

DAFIF is a free (soon-to-be-closed) database of major airports, airways, airspace, etc. around the world.

Now, the Russian Academy of Science has created a mashup of the two (via the Google Earth Blog), so that you can see airways, navaids, etc. while you’re flying around Google Earth. If you have Google Earth installed, here’s the link to the DAFIF information.

How long until we can get satellite weather overlayed on Google Earth?

Caveats

  1. You need a good video card with 3D acceleration to run Google Earth.
  2. The amount of information is huge, and will easily swamp even a high-speed network connection, so be careful to enable only tiny bits of it at once.
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3 Responses to 3D airnav data: Google Earth/DAFIF mashup

  1. Ron says:

    There’s also a plugin (or add-on, or however they’re referred to in Google-speak) for Google Earth that will add 3D airspace for the United States. I’ve used it to “fly” through the L.A. basin with a student and show them the multiple layers of airspace you’ll find in many parts of the L.A. area.

    Much like the plugin you referenced, this one eats up a lot of bandwidth.

    Add this to the list of things I meant to write about on my site…

    –Ron

  2. Eric says:

    You can also overlay live air traffic in Google Earth… check out http://www.fboweb.com or http://www.fboweb.com/3d

  3. Donald says:

    Hi All Experts,
    Does anyone use google earth images as ground image planes for use in aerial scenes. I know how to stitch them together but are there any tools or tricks to make sure that the images are at the same height, angle and such to make sure they stitch well. I know in the pro version you can get bigger images but im not going to pay for the pro version when i could stitch multiple images together…

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