If you haven't used google earth yet, well...give it a try. it is an interesting program that allows you to view world satellite and topographical data on a totally interactive globe.
More over, if you are a VFR pilot, there is an add on that provides All United States VFR sectional charts
as an over-lay (http://www.fboweb.com/antest/ge/intro.aspx?old=1 ). Also, three dimensional airspace is drawn, and current weather products are overlaid. You'll need to tailor the addon to your specific system, as the amount of displayable data is huge.
You may draw routes with the measuring tool, converting distances to nautical miles, then tilt your view to fly your route viewing terrain, and the possible impact it may have on your route. Then, you may turn the map opacity down to pick out visible landmarks from the satellite images underneath.
there is just one word for this type of free technology:
Originally posted by krautfed I finally found it, but when I click the layers to turn it on... no charts show up. I'm messing with it now though, think i figured it out. Just crashed Google Earth though
Same problem here. The sectionals show up under the "places" when I check the box - I don't get any overlays. Any ideas.
I had this on my older version of Earth, but this isn't working for me. I open the KMZ file (or whatever it is) and the layers appear in my places, but nothing shows up. There 3d airspace does, but not the sectional overlay. I think that was written for the older version.
By the way - I just downloaded to the newest version and that fixed the problem. If you are having trouble, under the help, there is an option to check for updates on line. Download the newest version and give it a try.