When Google first launched their maps with satellite imagery, I immediately began using it as a tool for examining airports and non-airport landing spots.
It turns out that I wasn't alone. The aviation community at large has been all over Google Maps. Having the ability to look at an airstrip and the surrounding terrain (and obstructions) before you arrive is amazingly useful in flight planning.
So when I heard that Yahoo Maps had satellite images coming, I tested it using the test case where Google lets me down: the Air Sailing gliderport in Nevada. It's a remote, out of the way place that most people wouldn't want to look at. But I'm not most people.
Here's what you see on Google Maps:
Trying to zoom in farther yields this message:
We are sorry, but we don't have imagery at this zoom level for this region. Try zooming out for a broader look.
Had I wanted a broader look, I wouldn’t have zoomed in, right?
Anyway, here's the same spot as seen from Yahoo Maps today at the same zoom level:
I can still drill down three more zoom levels and get to an image like this:
I can better see the clubhouse, the trees, the glider trailers, and so on.
Posted by jzawodn at April 11, 2006 06:52 PM