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Video Review: Google Maps Mashup #4509 – Tracking Inbound Flights
I found this mashup on Download Squad. Gmaps Flight Tracker is a simple mashup of Google Maps and data from fboweb.com to provide inbound flight information on several of the most popular airports in the U.S. including NY, Atlanta, Boston, etc. It works pretty well though it appears to only display flights relatively close to the arrival airport. You can see altitude, speed and headings on each plane. It is a bit scary how close these planes get on arrival!
Chris notes, "The inbound flight schedule refreshes every 40 seconds so flight statuses are ensured to be at their most accurate. Data is provided from fboweb.com and based on the position reports for each aircraft once per minute, and sometimes once every 20 seconds in high traffic areas. Want to check things out in 3d? Download the GE kml file and check out past flights and height profiles in Google Earth."
Do we really need this? It's cute and all, but why do we need to track an airplane every 40 seconds on its location? And more importantly, does this type of data open up some very negative possibilities for those who wish to make trouble?
Here is my video review: (RSS come inside)