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Upstate New York Airports Blurred In Google Earth  
User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 624 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7076 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, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7047 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, 5648 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6994 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, 2554 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6714 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 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6508 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 offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6037 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6499 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, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6324 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, 526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

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


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User currently offlinedon From Japan, joined Jun 2003, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

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

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6037 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6088 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 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6044 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, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5054 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 onlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5054 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 offlinecschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4545 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 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

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


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