A CIESE Realtime Data Project

CIESE -Navigational Vectors - Back-up Information

Back-up Information

When using any form of technology, especially the Internet, it is essential to have a back-up plan in case your technology fails on the day you plan to use it in class. Below is information and suggestions for how students could continue to work on this project in the event of an Internet connection problem.

Navigational Vectors Project Back-up

The server on which this project resides is usually "up" 99.9% of the time. However, you may want to make printouts of some of the lessons to have on hand in case your own Internet connection fails or is extremely slow.

Flight Tracker Site Back-up

Flight Tracker has proven to be very reliable but one way you can be prepared in case the site is down is to print out some random flight information ahead of time and have it on hand to distribute to students in your class. The information will not necessarily be real time but students will still be able to go through most of the exercises. If possible, print out some of the wind maps at the same time so that you have the corresponding wind information for the time the flight is in the air.

Other real time flight tracking sites are linked below. These sites provide much of the same information as Flight Tracker with the exception of the closest city to the plane's current position. Instead, these sites provide a graphical image of the plane that shows its approximate current location on a U.S. map. You would also need to have access to a U.S. map (in class or online) that shows the locations of U.S. Cities so you could identify the current location of the plane. Additionally, be sure to pay close attention to the units for the flight data.

Weather Site Back-up

There are a number of other weather sites that provide real time upper air wind information if the Unisys web site is down. A couple of good ones are listed below: Another suggestion is to save the weather map images on the hard drive of your computer to view at a later time. To save images on a PC place the mouse arrow over the graphic and press the right mouse button. A dialogue box appears. For a MAC, click and hold for a few seconds until the dialogue box appears. You can select the option "Save this image as..." You can now open these documents in the web browser or another appropriate program without being connected to the Internet.