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Upstate New York Airports Blurred In Google Earth  
User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 623 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6916 times:

Since I will have to travel to upstate New York later this year I was just looking at ROC, SYR, BGM and ITH (all would be good options to fly into) on Google Earth and Maps. All of them have been blurred. What makes them so special? This seems to be a regional phenomenon - BUF, ELM, ALB look just as bad.

Most other airports elsewhere (even in the same state) are still visible in full detail (thank goodness). Any idea what's going on?

[Edited 2010-10-14 22:54:53]

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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4253 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

I don't know about the others, but SYR also has (or had) military a/c based on the south side of the airfield.

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5429 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6834 times:

Quoting N62NA (Reply 1):
I don't know about the others, but SYR also has (or had) military a/c based on the south side of the airfield.

That has nothing to do with it, I can look at numerous USAF bases up close.

Maybe a request from the airport managers?



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User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2503 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6554 times:

I was born and raised in CNY near SYR. I think it has to do with the age of the images. It's not just the airports that are blurry. Entire counties are like that. They all seem to be quite old. I doubt the area has been mapped in a long time.

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

At first I thought this was nonsense, but the OP is correct. If you zoom in really close, you will see that the airport area has been blurred. And this was certainly done on purpose, you can even see the border of the blurry area is almost exactly the perimeter fence or perimeter roads.

Interesting...


User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6339 times:

AFAIK, this was done at the request of the NY state DOT, as they don't want anyone finding back-doors.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6164 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
AFAIK, this was done at the request of the NY state DOT, as they don't want anyone finding back-doors

I heard that all NY airports are blurred.



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User currently offlineSulley From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 524 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6128 times:

Typical New York... gotta love the nanny state.


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User currently offlinedon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

All those airports are very clear on Bing maps; in both aerial view and bird's eye modes.

User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5928 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 6):
Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
AFAIK, this was done at the request of the NY state DOT, as they don't want anyone finding back-doors

I heard that all NY airports are blurred.

Just the ones with commercial service.



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User currently offlinescottsea From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

I checked out the SYR in google maps and it's interesting that a different technique is used compared to the coarse pixelization of Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire. Bing pixelates the nuke station just like google.

User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 6):
I heard that all NY airports are blurred.

JFK and LGA aren't. I just checked JFK on Google Maps and it's REALLY REALLY clear, you could identify the A/C and Airline, even some REG!  



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User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2310 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 6):
I heard that all NY airports are blurred.

Did you verify that? JKF and LGA are not blurred.



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User currently onlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

There are plenty of other websites for GA pilots that have aerial photos of airports. Heck, probably even some here on a.net. They won't be nice straight overhead satellite shots, but still a good overall view.

User currently offlinem11stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

I just checked and SYR isn't blurred on Google Earth for me. Its quite clear actually...


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