|Category: Flight Track Files|
|Flight Track Files||Files: 66|
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.
|20121114-Barrier Islands 1||
|2012 November 14, Wednesday
Gulf of Mexico - Barrier Islands
These are the GPS flight tracks for our first "reconnaissance" flight over the Gulf Coast's extraordinary Barrier Islands -- the Chandeleur Islands of Louisiana, Cat, Ship, and Horn Islands of Mississippi, and Petit Bois and Dauphin Islands of Alabama. Read the article and enjoy all the beautiful photos and videos here!
|20121117-Black Elk Energy Platform Explosion||
|2012 November 17, Saturday
Gulf of Mexico - Black Elk Platform
These are our GPS flight tracks for OWOC's flight over the scene of yesterday's explosion on an oil production platform located about 20 nm southeast of Grand Isle, LA. See photos and videos and read more here.
|20121110- Tracking Leaks and Seeps in the Gulf||
|2012 November 10, Saturday
Gulf of Mexico - East Bay, Taylor Energy, Macondo, and Green Canyon
These are the GPS flight tracks for On Wings Of Care's Gulf flyover today, in which we round, reported, and brought about repair of an oil leak from an unused platform in East Bay, Louisiana, made a second rendezvous with scientists aboard the research vessel Falkor who were searching for the source of another large oil slick we found yesterday near the Deepwater Horizon wreckage site, and flew scientists to study some known natural oil seeps in the Mississippi and Green Canyon areas of the Gulf of Mexico. See today's article with photos and videos here.
|20121109 - Plenty of Oil Left from the Deepwater Horizon!||
|2012 November 09, Friday
Gulf of Mexico - Macondo area (MC252)
This is a Google Earth map of today's On Wings Of Care flight over the Gulf, in which we revisited the MC252 area (scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 April). Unfortunately, despite recent repairs, we still found a sizable surface slick, and we helped scientists in boats take surface samples, to compare with subsurface and seafloor samples they were taking concurrently. See the photos and videos and rest of the description for this flight here.
|20121109 - Plenty of Oil Left from the Deepwater Horizon!||
2012 November 09, Friday
|20121006 - Whale Sharks Found in the Gulf!||
|2012 October 06, Saturday
Gulf of Mexico
These are the GPS flight tracks for our whale-shark search in the Gulf. See the photos and read the story here. Scientists found and tagged two whale sharks, a large adult male and a large adult female, both located some 15 nm south of the Devils Tower Platform, south of Louisiana. We also saw one large lone sperm whale, and four very rowdy manta rays! And alas, more oil slicks.
|20121005-Natural and Unnatural Oil in the Gulf- GPS Tracks||
|These are the GPS flight tracks for our flight today, Friday 2012 October 5, whose photos, video, and article can be found here. Our flight log (given in the article), describes what we saw along our flight path, and in particular, the locations and nature of the various surface oil slicks -- some of them from known natural seeps, and some from decidedly unnatural and substantial oil pollution events.
|20120914 - Oil on the Horizon||
2012 Sep 14, Friday
These are our GPS flight tracks for our flight today over the Gulf to the Deepwater Horizon, the Thunderhorse platform, and the Chandeleur Islands and Breton Sound. See the photos and videos and read the article here!
|20120909-Surveying the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac in Coastal Louisiana||
|These are the GPS flight tracks for our flight over northern Plaquemines Parish, Lafourche Parish, and the eastern coastal bays of Louisiana on 2009 September 09, to survey damages in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Read the article and see the photos and videos here!
|20120812 - Searching the Gulf for Whale Sharks||
|Here are the GPS flight tracks from today's flight over the Gulf, as we searched for whale sharks in an area about 100-150 nm southeast of New Orleans, near Sackett Bank in the Mississippi Canyon. Read the full article and see all the photos and videos 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:
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 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
Our Gift for YOU for 2011!
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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.
“Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”