764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 610 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6579 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?
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2444 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6217 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.
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6011 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.
scottsea From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5547 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.
cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1180 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4048 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.