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  1. I'll try to answer some of your questions. Above 18,000 we use 29.92 in Hg as the altimiter setting. That way when the pressure changes (and it does all the time) all the planes are using the same setting. Just imagine if two planes were to cross 1000 ft from each other and they were using different altimieter settings they could get too close. The cabin altitude should max out at 8,000 ft. In between takeoff and cruise it is climbing or descending slowly to/from that altitude. On 9/11 the hijackers all used handheld GPS units to find their targets. It was said that they even went to the twin towers before hand to mark them as waypoints so they could find them. As for interference, personally I do not think they are a problem. The only thing I have seen that causes interference is Nextel phones. For some reason if they are left on there is interference with the intercom of my plane. Like someone else said, I think it is best to not allow them while low just in case.
  2. A driving directions feature would be useful . For example if somone is going on a trip, they could enter the starting address, the ending address, and a max diversion distance (say 5, 10, 15, or 25 miles off the main road). The site would calculate directions between the two points and offer benchmarks and caches within a certain distance of that route. For Example driving from NJ to Ohio on Interstate 80, it would list all the caches within 10 miles of the highway.
  3. I did a few benchmarks in November before it started snowing. A traditional Geocache is easy to find in the snow if hidden by the typical tree, rock wall, or other typical hiding spots. A benchmark on the other hand is nearly impossible. That on top of the fact that many have been looted might be a reason for slow benchmarking in the winter. I for one will be back at it after the snow is gone!
  4. Add the following to your text, when creating/editing your cahce page. <body background="http://www.locationofimage.com/image.jpg"> The http://...image.jpg part is the exact location of the image you wish to use. I would suggest you upload the image to your cache page, then click on it so it appears in it's own window to find out the location. Check out this cache as an example. You can click on the uploaded image "Cache Type" to see the actual image http://img.Groundspeak.com/cache/56220_500.jpg . So to add that image to your site you would make the text line read: <body background="http://img.Groundspeak.com/cache/56220_500.jpg"> Really it is very simple to add on your own if you do not want to mess with HTML programs and just want to add this little thing. ENJOY! Good Luck.
  5. While out caching yesterday I heard a gunshot (far away thank god), but it got me thinking... While Caching I walk around in areas I have never seen before, that look remote enough to have animals that people might want to hunt, and I have no idea when hunting season is. For those of you that are hunters, could you fill me in on how to stay safe while you are out there caching. I was already thinking of a flourescent vest and hat, any other ideas. What do you all do?
  6. Mine started while registering for a Hotmail account years ago. As usual the first ten names I tried were taken, so I took my profession and added a number. Most people never figure out the number, so I will let you all in on a secret. 8766 = the number of hours in a year 365.25 x 24 = 8766 (don't forget the leap year, add 1/4 day) Pilots log all their hours flown, so to reach 8766 hours means we have spent one whole year of our lives flying. I have about 1/2 a year under my belt so far. The most ever is around 60,000 hours or almost 7 years . I actually bought a Lowrance Airmap 100 GPS in April 1999, before Geocaching. You can see from my photo posts that the marker is a plane. I never expected I would use it more for Geocaching than I do for flying. I found out about and originally registered with Geocaching in January 2002. At the time there were few caches and I never really got into it. Lately I am back into it and am having a blast . I really enjoy using my job to add mileage to travel bugs (check this out). Not to mention it is a great thing to do while stuck in a city on an overnight.
  7. I actually fly for a living and I can tell you there is no problem with GPSr's in planes. I have gotten to use them to log miles on Travel Bugs (PonyLU Travel Bug Flying) Like somone else said, some airlines have policies against it. I can say from experiance that some Flight Attendants add it to the restricted items because they dont like it, even though the airline does not mind. I think the reason it freaks some people out is that the 9/11 hijackers ALL had handheld GPSr's which they had used to navigate to their targets. They had actually gone as tourists to the twin towers to mark the position in their handheld units so they could easily go direct. I have heard that CORN MAZES are made with GPS's. They plant a whole field of corn, draw a maze on paper then scan it into a program that plots the maze as lat long coords. They then go into the field when the corn is small with the waypoints (turns in maze) as a GPS course and pick the baby corn. After the corn is big you have a perfect maze with no missing links. Another weird one I saw recently is GPS tracking of people via their GPS enabled cell phones. Check it out here. They have a demo of about 4 people that are tracked all the time. The phone uses a program to send its position via text message to a server, which is then plotted on a map. Good for kid tracking or "Moving Geocaching Caches".
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