I’ve written a web site called OurAirports that lets you make a map of the airports you’ve visited (either as a pilot or as a passenger, your choice). Here’s my personal map — note that you can share your maps with anyone, not just other members:
To make your own map, set up a free account (takes about 30 seconds), then just click in the “I’ve been here!” box on each airport’s page. You can also browse the airports of the world on The Big Map or drill down geographically. My favourite, though, is warping to a random airport.
Please help a bit…
This is just a web site, not a startup — sadly, there aren’t enough of us to build a real business out of this. But there’s no point spending any more time on it if the site’s not fun, so if you don’t do anything else please visit the site and let me know what I could do to make it more fun for you as a pilot, airline passenger, GA passenger, etc.
… and a bit more …
If you feel like helping even more, I’d be grateful if you could show the site to other people who like flying and find out what they think of it. The site lets you leave comments on airports, like AirNav.com does, except that it includes airports outside the U.S. and doesn’t force you to attach comments to a specific FBO. The more comments people leave, the more useful the site is.
… and even more?
Finally, if you’re really hardcore helpful (or you’re stuck in a long layover with nothing else to do), here are some of the things I’m thinking about for the next step, and I’d love to hear people’s preferences:
Let people categorize airport comments (FBO, wifi, fuel, food, ground transpo, etc.) so that it’s easier to find information.
Set up editing and moderation privileges, so that members can add and correct airport (and maybe navaid?) data to keep it current.
Add forums for organizing fly-ins, buying or selling used stuff (tools, GPS, plane, whatever), or even ride boards linked to individual airports, so that you can see what’s going on in your area.
Add navaids, fixes, and basic flight-planning support (draw lines on the map) — this would appeal only to pilots, of course.
Add bulk entry of airports, so that you can just type all the IDs of the airports you’ve visited into a textarea instead of going to each airport page and clicking.
Export airport data in GPX format, so that you can load it into your GPS.
Let members upload GPS tracks to the site, so that they can be displayed on the map and shared with other people.
Add the usual airport data that other sites have (runway lengths, frequencies, etc.)
Try to dig up information on airline schedules and link it to the site.
Give up on the whole idea and do something useful with my free time.
Let me know what you think, and please help me let other pilots know about the site. If you want to send me private email instead of commenting here, my GMail id is
david.megginson, and the domain for GMail addresses is