Google Earth Chart & Kml Generator Overlays I. Google Earth Overlays A. Sectional Charts U.S. B. Low Enroute Charts U.S. C. NEXRAD Radar Real time WX Overlays 1. Huntsville 2. Birmingham 3. Mobile D. Alabama Grid Assistant Overlay E. SAR Pattern Kml Generator F. GPS Track Log Animation using Kml file in Google Earth G. Insert Vertical Photograph Overlays The following web links will give you access to three Google Earth .kml overlay files. The first file “Aero_Charts.kml” will allow you to overlay the entire U.S. Sectional Charts on top of your present position of Google Earth map view. The second file ALWG Grid Assistant.kml (provided by Ande Boyer) will allow you to overlay the entire ALT Sectional Chart CAP Grid. This grid can be seen over Google Earths Map view or on top of the Sectional Chart overlay. The third is the IFR Low-Altitude Enroute Charts overlay. Google Earth Sectional Chart overlay (Auto load). The first link will automatically load the sectional chart overlay into your current version of Google earth. It will put the Aero_Chart overlay into your Temporary Places file folder at the bottom of your left PLACES panel window. If all goes well and you like this new overlay, you can drag the Aero_Charts line from the temporary folder into the My Places folder above in the Google Earth toolbar. 1st Link: http://www.gelib.com/maps/Sectionals/Aero_Charts_nl.kml Google Earth Sectional Chart overlay (Zip file)). Your second choice is to click on the link below and you will see a window with the Aero_Charts.kml file. Just open up Windows Explorer and drag this file into a directory of your choice. You can then go to that directory and highlight this file. Then open up Google Earth and drag this file on top of the Google Earth map. I should load the Aero_Charts into the Temporary Places folder in Google Earth at the lower left of your screen (See Fig. 1 below). If you like this new overlay, you can drag the Aero_Charts line from the temporary folder into the My Places folder above in the Google Earth folder location. 2nd Link: http://www.34.alwg.us/Aero_Charts.zip ALWG GRID ASSISTANT overlay (Zip file) Click on the link below and you will see a window with the ALWG GRID ASSISTANT.kml file in it. Open up Google Earth and drag this file onto Google Maps. It will take a few seconds to load up the Grid overlay and you will then see it appear under the Temporary Places Folder at the lower left Places panel window. The check box next to the name ALWG GRID Assistant must be checked in order to view the system Grid. If you like this new overlay, you can drag the ALWG GRID ASSISTANT text line from the temporary folder into the My Places folder above in the Google Earth toolbar. 3rd Link: http://www.34.alwg.us/ALWG GRID Assistant.zip Google Earth Low Enroute Chart overlay (Auto load). Below is a link that will automatically load the Low Enroute Chart overlay into your current version of Google earth. It will put a the Low-Altitude Enroute Chart overlay into your Temporary Places file folder at the bottom of your left PLACES panel window. If all goes well and you like this new overlay, you can drag the Aero_Charts line from the temporary folder into the My Places folder above in the Google Earth toolbar. http://www.gelib.com/low-altitude-enroute-charts.htm The ALWG GRID Assistant.kml file can also be copied to your computer. Open up your Windows Explorer file directory window. Click on the above link and drag the ALWG GRID ASSISTANT.kml file into a directory folder of your choice. This file can then be used to overlay the ALWG Grid system into Google Earth. Open Google Earth and drag this file on top of the Google Earth Map. The file will load and put itself in you Google Earth’s Temporary Places toolbar folder on the lower left of your screen. Google Earth NextRad Radar Weather overlay (Auto load). Below is a link to the Huntsville, Birmingham & Mobile NexRad Weather overlays. It will put these overlays into your Temporary Places file folder at the bottom left of your PLACES panel window. If all goes well and you like this new overlay, you can drag the Aero_Charts line from the temporary folder into the My Places folder above in the Google Earth toolbar. Note: This link has other helpful overlays as well. http://www.alwgsdis.com/IC/ic.htm SAR Mission Search Pattern kml Generator: Below is a link to a SAR Mission Kml Generator for the following patterns which will be over laid in Google Earth: Route-Segment Sector Grid Expanding Square Creeping Line http://redstone119.alwg.cap.gov/scripts/SearchPatternKMLgenerator.php Creating your own Google Earth Overlays (Kml files): Open up Google Earth and create your own lines, polygons, markers etc and then: once you have all of your markings in place go to: File Save Save Place as Enter Filename and select Save as type “kml” ENTER This will produce a kml file you can email to anyone and they can drag it into Google Earth and have it displayed just the way you created it. Fig.1 Google Folders GPS Track Log Animation using Kml file Down loading a Garmin Etrex .gpx file into Google Earth. You can download the track log file from a Garmin or Magellan GPS and play back the animation in two ways, directly from the GPS through Google Earth or import the .gpx file from the GPS unit to you computer. 1. Connect the Etrex GPS to your USB port. Make sure you have the correct driver files to recognize this device. If not, go to Garmin.com and download the device drivers. 2. Open Google Earth and under tools, GPS and click on the Import tab. 3. Select Garmin under Device, Waypoints,Tracks, Routes under Imports and KML tracks under Output. Now click Import. This will generate a Kml file and put it under the Temporary Places folder on the left in Google Earth. You can now run the animation of your route by clicking on the Clock in the run time animation box in the upper left hand corner of the Google Earth screen display. The second way to import a .gpx file from the Garmin Etrex is to download it directly from the GPS to your computer. Then use Google Earth to import the file from a known directory. Insert Vertical Photographs Using the Add Image Overlay Tool in Google Earth, one can insert a photograph that was taken as a vertical picture directly over the target. This photo can then be placed in Google Earth as an overlay. Upon insertion, the photograph can be rotated and stretched in all direction to fit the existing image taken by Google Earth Satellite. The new image can be made translucent in order to fit it over the existing image. The image named by the user will appear in the folder window on the left of the screen which can be turned on of off by user name check box.
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