Category Archives: Aviation

Flying After The Dream

Something very strange and yet very cool happened to me yesterday. I was sitting at my desk in my office getting some work done; but being that it was a Saturday, I was also reading up on various tech news and best practices articles. I just happened to visit an old haunt, a site called Perl Monks; and while there, I just happened to visit my profile page. (This is something I haven’t done in quite some time, mind you.) And there it was, right on my profile page, staring back at me.

Old Google Earth View

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My In-Flight Data Recorder

A while back, I discovered a little mobile app from Google called My Tracks. It’s basically a simple GPS recorder that then renders your track in various pretty ways. Here’s how Google describes it:

My Tracks records your path, speed, distance, and elevation while you walk, run, bike, or do anything else outdoors. While recording, you can view your data live, annotate your path, and hear periodic voice announcements of your progress. With My Tracks, you can sync and share your tracks via Google Drive.

And as you can see from the preview screenshots, it looks like a nifty little app:

My Tracks

Now that last page view on the right caught my eye. It had an elevation reading. And that got me to thinking, “My phone never touches the ground. It doesn’t care if I’m suspended by a mountain or air. I wonder if I can use this as an in-flight data recorder.” The answer is: Yes. Continue reading My In-Flight Data Recorder