Random Chaos
(Weather Analyst)
Mon Sep 03 2007 01:10 PM
HDOB KML file?

Wondering if anyone knows enough about making Google Earth KML files and can cache HDOB data messages (URNT15's) to create a track of each recon flight for loading into Google Earth automatically?

Looks like the format is fairly strait forward to make a spaghetti plot (see http://www.paulseabury.com/models.kmz - change extension to ZIP, unzip, then open in a text editor).

I'm tired of punching in these datapoints by hand constantly

The biggest trick will be identifying when the same plane starts a new flight and dropping the old track data. We can easily identify the plane via the n-number data given.

I could write a parser to turn the HDOB message into the XML format of the KML if someone is able to build a auto-retrieval script. I can't run it on my own server as it is still running PHP4

We would need to store it to a file for download, so it's a little more complex that just writing it to serve on-the-fly


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