|Category: Flight Track Files|
|Flight Track Files||Files: 67|
We've found a way to share with you the detailed flight tracks and waypoint information from our aircrafts' Garmin GPS units. This will give you much more detailed information than you get from our gps SPOT tracker, and it wil show you the exact lat/longs and dates and times of every waypoint we mark while we fly. And, if you want more, you can download the spreadsheet (e.g., a ".csv" file) that shows our position and time every ten seconds or so during the entire flight! So now, when you see photos and videos in our articles, even if our metadata has only date/time stamp and not a gps stamp (as happens sometimes when we don't have all the right gear on board with us), you'll still be able to determine exactly when and where our photos were taken.
On this page, you can select files for flights we've made, and in those files -- after you've downloaded the free application from Garmind called "Base Camp" to read them (download that here) -- you'll see maps of our flights superposed on an actual map of the area covered (like we see in our airplane), with all waypoints marked.
Here's how to do it:
1. Download the free application from Garmind called "BaseCamp" at the following link (or click here):
2. Scroll down the list below to the flight that you want to see. Click the title of the flight track file you want to download.
3. You'll be taken to a new screen, where you are invited to download that flight track file. Click on "Download" to receive a file with an extension ".gpx."
4. If you've downloaded the BaseCamp application, the application will automatically open when you doube-click on the downloaded .gpx file.
5. The rest will be intuitive, or you BaseCamp will explain it to you. (Don't feel bad if you have to experiment a lot; I did.) If there is more than one "Active Log" it's just because at some point I redirected our course to go directly to a new point.
|20130603 - Calm seas show chronic trouble off the coast of Louisiana||
2013 June 03, Monday
Here are our GPS flight tracks for today's flight. Note the meandering flight path around the chronic Taylor Energy oil slick that start barely 10 miles off the tip of Louisiana, still in green water and remaining well into blue water! This is a .gpx file, which you can view on a map and in google earth using a free download from Garmin called Basecamp. You may also view all of the information -- which gives every detail of our flights in 10-second increments -- as a spreadsheet, simply by saving all of the information from within Basecamp as a ".csv text" file. Contact us or Garmin corporation if you have any questions about how to do this!
|20130402 - Back to drilling in the Gulf||
2013 April 02 Tuesday
|20130316 - Disappearing sheen, disappearing life||
2013 March 16 Saturday
These are the GPS flight tracks for our Gulf overflight today. We checked out the Macondo area (scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010), the chronic Taylro Energy pollution site off the tip of Louisiana, and various sites of interest in Breton Sound and up the eastern coast of Louisiana. See the photos, videos, and full article here.
|20130313 - Bayou Perot fire from oil barge and gas pipeline||
2013 March 13
These are our GPS tracks from today's flight to Bayou Perot, a wetlands area about three miles south of Lake Salvador and about 30 miles south-southwest of New Orleans. Yesterday evening around 6pm (CDT), a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a gas pipeline in Bayou Perot. This afternoon, the very charred tugboat and barge are sitting on the bottom in the very shallow water, and there remains a fierce ball of flame and long line of very dark smoke blowing southward in today's 20-mph northwesterly winds.
See the photos and videos here!
|20130308-Rainbow Rage and Pervasive Sheen||
|2013 March 08 Friday
Gulf of Mexico
These are the GPS flight track files for today's 4.5-hour flight over the Gulf. We checked out the coastal waters south of Isles Dernieres, eastward to the Louisiana delta and beyond, then south to the Macondo area and back up through Breton Sound. See all the photo and videos and read the full article here.
|20130217 - Clearer views and good news for the Gulf?||
|2013 February 17, Sunday
Mississippi River - Barataria Bay - MC252 - Main Pass
These are the GPS flight track files for today's flight by On Wings Of Care over the Gulf of Mexico. Read the article and see the photos and videos here.
|20130127-Calm seas but troubled waters||
2013 January 27, Sunday
These are the GPS flight tracks for our flight today, southward from New Orleans over the Mississipi River and then offshore to the Taylor Energy slick and the Macondo area. See the article titled "Calm seas but troubled waters" for the full story, with photos and video of coal terminals on the Mississippi River, Mardi Gras Pass, Taylor, a few surprise surface oil slicks offshore including an unbelievably large one now in the vicinity of MC252, and a dramatic fire in the wetlands about 15 miles southeast of New Orleans.
|20130126 - Bayou Corne OWOC Flyover||
|2013 January 26 Saturday
Bayou Corne, Louisiana
These are the GPS flight track files for our third flyover of the Bayou Corne sinkhole. Five weeks after our last update of December 24 on the Bayou Corne sinkhole, we are finding that things actually look a bit worse. Read the complete article and see all the photos and video here.
|20130120 - Ethereal Islands and Ever-present Oil||
2013 January 20
|20130104 - OWOC Gulf Flyover to Taylor Energy and MC252||
|2013 January 04, Friday
Taylor Energy and MC252 (site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010)
These are the GPS tracks for our Gulf flyover today, in which we re-visited the Taylor Energy oil slick just off the southern tip of Louisiana, and the sizable, persistent oil slick over the abandoned wellhead and wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon, scene of the BP disaster of April 2010. See all of the photos and videos and read the article here!
"The Story of Pellie Lou - a Pelican who survived the Gulf of Mexico oil spill"
by Bonny L. Schumaker, Ph.D.
With 46 photos from the Gulf of Mexico.
ALL proceeds go to benefit Gulf wildlife!
Order your autographed hard copies or an electronic copy here!
Read about our rescues under Rescue Tails!
Here are some samples:
Adios to hunger, Bienvenidos a Love!
20130611- Seven lucky rescued dogs from Mexico are now being fed and pampered in southern California, and are ready for their forever families!
From Streets to Royalty!
20130610 - Feline Patience and Humanity at their best brought these two beautiful kitties from despair to delight, after some superb rescue and logistical efforts by rescue groups from all across the country. (This is a "Before" photo! Check out the "After" photos!)
A Dog Named Pepper Doesn't Give up Easily on Life!
20130428 - This 15-yr-old deaf, blind, arthritic senior held out in a hot, dry, desert parking lot until love finally found him!
CHAZ - No Ordinary Extraordinary Cur!
20130422 - Left to die but instead, this super-intelligent deep-hearted dog discovered love, family, and even fun -- from the most unlikely mentors!
Turbulent Trails for Tails from TX-20130413
Six rescue dogs from east Texas find forever homes in Nevada and California!
Who was rescued, and who was the rescuer? Anyone who has known this kind of bond has felt something so deep, so real, so ancient, that it cannot be described with words. These bonds ground us and free us from pettiness in our lives. Thank you Sheba. Rest in peace.
A Letter From Your Admirers! 20121231
This was a last-minute challenge that seemed beyond even our own grandest heroic imaginings. But it turned out not to be beyond the devoted hearts and energies of about 30 rescuers, shelter staff, volunteers, and families working together. Forty-three (yes, 43!) dogs in one day, from dead-ends in a Porterville shelter to homes and real lives with real humans who love and want them. Rescuers ROCK!
Orphaned very young, left alone and hungry til her fur fell out and her skin was covered with mange. Thanks to some big-hearted Texas rescuers, not only did she recover, she found the family who wanted to love her forever. How glad we were to be able to give this little pup with the big paws the ride to the rest of her life!
20121205-Blackie Goes Home at Last, and Taylor Turns Texan!
Four long months since Blackie's lifelong human companion and partner Tammy suffered a serious injury from a passing truck and disappeared from his life. Suddenly Blackie was in a shelter kennel, and Tammy fought for her life as she dreamed of her beloved dog. Thanks to many people, both of these souls survived to find each other again! This was a rescue and a reunion we'll never forget.
The same rains that made us work "On WHEELS Of Care" this week kept us grounded for this trip, which serendipitously combined the transport of Skip northward and the joyful and miraculous reunion of Miss T'Chen, who had been rescued and taken to Illinois after Hurricane Isaac, with her family in Baton Rouge!
This flight went almost as planned, and our plane was filled to over-flowing on every leg. And we met some wonderful new cat and dog rescues in Idaho and Oregon!
20 Lucky rescued dogs flown to homes in Canada!
2012 Sep 22
It turned out to a journey full of unexpected challenges, but these 20 lucky lovable canines who had been through the worst of times in California were just the best through it all, and now they are warming the hearts and laps and lives of some very lucky Canadian families!
Spindletop Scandal and the Search for Scarlett
2012 July 17 - present
With pitbull-like tenacity, we wouldn't take "NO" for an answer. Out of 21 dogs we sought, we have closure on all but two. Alas, one of those two is our Scarlett.
Tale of seven cities, six cats, and five goats!
2012 July 16
Who knows if the pleas for help brought the plane, or vice-versa.
But when serendipity puts this much together, there's no saying no!
Homeless Mom and Pups no More!
2012 July 08
Sometimes rescuers find the IDEAL person to adopt that animal in need ...
themselves! And in the process, a hole gets filled for the entire family.
This lucky mom now lives with Bear, Sheba, and Dave!
From Empty Nest to Love Fest!
2012 May 11
That last urgent plea came for the five orphaned pups ...
but what about the two large senior boys who would probably never get adopted?
Some people are just angels, meant to be who they are and where they are.
Check out these two and their new happy pack!
JEREMIAH has come home to us!
UPDATE 2012 July 7!
2012 January 13
His adopter called to say she had become ill, and could we care for Jeremiah? You bet we could. We rented a plane and flew to Arizona and retrieved him immediately. Jeremiah was indeed a true friend, and we aim to be his true friends, too. He has been eating like crazy and slept his stress away for the first few days, and now he's acting like a young dog again. Read more here!
CHAMP found at the airport!
2012 January 01
A sad, scared but dignified young Champ quickly won the hearts of everyone who met him at the New Orleans airport, and within two days we had permission from his original breeders to give him to a young couple with a younger female boxer mix, all of whom fell totally in love with him at first sight! Champ and Miss Princess are leading the good life now, and Champ's new dad finally has the fishing buddy he wanted! They tell us we made their dreams come true. We think they made Champ's come true, too.
Abby & Dinozo -- Two of a Kind!
2011 September--2012 January
Orphaned brother and sister, rescued and adored until calamity struck and they lost their family. Orphaned again, these gentle gems and perfect canine citizens found love and adventure with us until we found them their true forever home! Abby & Dinozo came with us to Washington January 7, and they were welcomed warmly and immediately into a home. Read more here!
Yo! Get a Load of Yolo!
2011 November--2012 January
Left in the cold, high in the mountains of southern California, life was over before it had barely begun for this orphan teenager.
Little did he know, his adventures had only begun! As of January 7, it's back to snow but this time with a family who adores him, and lots of fun and play in the Pacific Northwest!
Saving Scarlett -- Love Forever at Last!
Found on the streets, teats full but puppies absent, a battle-torn very hungry pitbull.
Hardly that sought-after doggie in the window.
But after we brought Miss Scarlett home to love and food, warmth and stuffed animals,
we discovered a warm heart and sweet spirit that changed us forever.
2011 July--September 29, A Joyful Reunion At Last!
Here they are during their flight with four other dogs Sep 29 (New Orleans to Oakland, CA, fuel stop in Roswell, NM).
And here's a photo from the happiest reunion ever!
More photos and updated videos here!
Sheba-Cosette - this lovely lady waited a lifetime!
Jeremiah - a true friend finds a new lease on life!
Two Giant Dogs & three cats reunited with their family on Whidbey Island, WA
Chihuahuas "Betty" & "JellyBean" fly to their rescue in Bremerton, WA!
New Year's Rescue: 33 dogs & cats are flown to rescue in the Pacific Northwest!
Hounds fending for themselves for years in Alabama fly to rescue in Arizona!
Romo & Stanley are flown to safe havens in Arizona!
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2013
2013 Jun 08 - Bayou Corne #8
2012 May 06 - Bayou Corne #7
2013 Apr 12 - Mayflower, AR Pipeline Spill
2013 Apr 02 - Bayou Corne #6
2013 Mar 23 - IMMS Marine Mammals
2013 Mar 19 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#5
2013 Feb 15 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#4
2013 Jan 26 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#3
2012 Dec 24 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#2
2012 Nov 08 - Tar Sands and Texas
2012 Aug 30 - Hurricane Isaac Conquered
2012 Aug 28 - Hurricane Isaac Arrives!
2012 Aug 13 - Sinkhole in Bayou Corne, LA
2012 Jun 13-Dispersant Spraying Exercise off LA
2012 April - Chronicles of the Endeavor
2012 Dec 10 - How Dilute is Dilute Enough?
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2012
Sat Nov 17 - Platform Explosion
Wed Nov 14 - Barrier Islands 1
Sat Nov 10 - OIL
Fri Nov 09 - OIL
Sat Oct 06 - Whale Sharks
Fri Oct 05 - OIL
Fri Sep 14 - OIL
Sun Sep 09 - Hurricane Isaac
Sun Aug 12 - Whale Sharks
Wed Jul 11 - Whales & More
Fri Jun 29 - Whale Sharks & More
Dominica - The Nature Island!
On Wings Of Care flies to the Eastern Caribbean for whales and sea turtles!
Read more here!
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2011
Sperm Whales & Whale Sharks:
Cape Cod, MA
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Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf, 2010
Galapagos Veterinary Support
Galapagos vets do much with little,
thanks to true friends who shipped a TON of supplies and meds from the U.S. in June, 2011.
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