Photographers: How to create a route map

By creating a path and emailing it to me I can load the path onto my iPad, allowing me to navigate accurately to the places you want to photograph.  I won’t necessarily follow your lines exactly, while we’re flying we can fine tune exactly where you want the plane to be, but I will use your route as guideline and it will help me anticipate when to turn.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Earth and zoom in to the area you’re interested in seeing on your flight.
  2. In the toolbar across the top, click on the icon to “add path” (if you don’t see a toolbar along the top, click on “view” and then “toolbar”)
  3. In the box that pops up give your route a name (include the date and your name in the title) and move the box out of your way so you can create your route (don’t hit “ok” yet or close the box).
  4. To create your route click individual spots on the map to start the route and then each time there will be a turn (if you make a mistake just hit the “delete” or “backspace” button to remove the previous point).  You can use the zoom feature in the top right to zoom in “+” and zoom out “-” while you’re creating your route.  Your route doesn’t need to start from an airport, just have it start where you’d like to start taking photos and have it end where you’d like to stop taking photos.
  5. Once your map is complete click “ok” in the box that popped up in step 3.
  6. On the side toolbar make sure the name of your map has a checkmark beside it and that you’ve clicked on it so that the name is highlighted.  Click on “file”, “save”, “save place as” and then made note of what location on your computer it will be saved and click “save.”
  7. Attach the file you just saved (it will end in .kmz) and email it to us: pappleaviationflights@gmail.com
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