Iditarod Air Force Support
Okay, so if I open up the use of Google Earth to the students, I’m seriously thinking about incorporating the Flight Simulator tool into one of the positions. The role of the Pilot will be to provide air support for the team on the ground. Read about the function and importance of the Iditarod Air Force here.
The student who qualifies for Pilot will have to demonstrate the ability to perform touch-n-go skills at one of the airstrips along the Iditarod trail, such as Nikolai in the image above.
I will have one Pilot sit in the front of the room and deliver supplies at designated airports along the trail. The forward progress must be ahead of the ability of the teams to place each day’s pins and fill out the Trail Log.
Pilot Log Book
Pilot Log Book Example
Google Earth Airport Layers
If you choose to incorporate Pilots into your teams, you can download a .KMZ layer of the airports and FAA sectionals along the trail here. If you want more detailed information from the FAA, check out these overlays:
- Far Northern Alaska Airports (Updated 01-02-2013)
- Interior Alaska Airports (Updated 03-21-2013)
- South Central Alaska Airports (Updated 03-21-2013)
- West Central Alaska Airports (Updated 12-14-2012)
Intermediate Skill Level Pilots
Intermediate pilots can use GEFS Online, but browser problems with the CesiumJS version and school district filters will have to be solved. The older Google Earth browser plugin through the old.gefs-online site actually has better terrain resolution for the remote sections of the Iditarod trail, but you’ll still have try different browsers for it to work right.
Advanced Skill Level Pilots
What would really be nice would be to have X-Plane running for the students who really can fly a plane. Here in Alaska, that’s not all that uncommon.