I played around with FBO/GE this afternoon with a COA flight from Steamboat Springs CO to Houston Bush. I put the FOB “Local Overview” on the left side of the monitor and GE on the right. Then I started to play with the zoom settings of each. I could get town names and major highways on the FOB side and tilted terrain on the GE side. Then I’d watch each one update positions.
GE lagged FOB by about 20 seconds or so. That wasn’t (imo) a negative, because it gave me the opportunity to move my mouse cursor to the anticipated new position on GE and see how large my position error was. My GE aim improved considerably in the half-hour or so that I was doing that. The only problem was that I had to manually advance the GE terrain so that the plane wouldn’t fly beyond the south border.
I think it can be tricky getting comparable zoom settings between FBO and GE. The second annoyance is that the KML file that is downloaded from FBO has a coded name in which the flight number is not apparent. I was really hoping that, once saved, I could rename the file with appropriate flight number and avoid even having to open FBO. Evidently, that is not to be.
Overall FBO/GE tracking is a neat toy, but it grabs too much of one’s attention and there’s no way to speed up the tracking. Still, it IS fun!