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I recently discovered the 3-D button on Google maps. It
gives a flight of your intended route <link>. The only
caveat is that it follows roads only. I would love to see it
able to fly a flight path. Many pilots that I know are
fearful about flying from the East Coast to the West Coast
and vice versa, fearing the Rockies and the Sierras. A
sectional map gives contours, but not a pilots eye view. A
flight would familiarize the pilots with how the terrain
looks in flight.
Google Earth does have the hidden flight simulator [ctrl]
[alt][a], but it doesnt slew as fast as Google maps. Even
flying the F-16 can take a lot of time. It also does not
Google maps could let you choose a
climb/descent rate, altitude, speed, slew rate and
waypoints. There is a website <link> that allows planning,
but doesnt give a visual picture of the actual flight like
Google Maps allows.
A short flight on the Historic Columbia River State Trail
Click on the "3D" button in the directions pane on the left. Enjoy the flight! [Klaatu, Feb 21 2013]
KSLE-KHRV in an RV-12
Great information, no flight. [Klaatu, Feb 21 2013]
Track your flight
Still, not what I want [Klaatu, Feb 21 2013]
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||I just use FSX. It simulates the terrain and the airspace, navaids, and all of the airports.
||[DIYMatt] I don't have FSX. I do have Google.
||I'm guessing Google Runway View wouldn't go down to well with traffic control "get that effing camera car off the runway!" etc