Sometimes the features that do work out-weigh some associated problems. At least we hope you agree.
Here are the known bugs:
(All) Pop-up info window: Sometimes it disappears while dragging.
Not to worry, you've probably dragged the box outside of a sigmet/airmet location and
the map simply stopped displaying it. The info box has been successfully moved (mouse over another area to see
where it re-displayed), or the info box will be re-initialized to a location near the upper-left
corner of the browser window. It you really can't see it anywhere, just re-load the browser and it will
(All) Modem Dialup is slow
You're spending how much for 100LL and you still don't have broadband? First load will be very slow, as
slow. TFRs, SIGMETs, etc., contain a lot of information so your computer will be kept busy downloading over
a slow link. Dialup is not recommended.
(All) Browser performance can be slow
This website punishes your browser. In general, the problem is not network related. A faster connection will
Those lines outlining TFRs, AIRMETs and SIGMETs are the worst offenders, slowing the maps to a crawl on some older browsers.
Lots of Icons slow things down, so displaying what you need, rather than trying to see the whole country will work
faster. NEXRAD radar adds another psuedo-map layer which doubles some of the processing activities: turning off NEXRAD
helps. Flight paths (LAX-ORD-JFK) currently require multiple trips to
the server, so if your flight can be accomodated using a single point and large radius (250 miles, for example), that
will be faster. We'll continue to work on improving performance, but you can help by upgrading to the lastest
operating systems and browser versions.
IE does pretty well with drawing border lines, so it's recommended from a performance standpoint.
If you're running IE6 or IE7, please upgrade: these are lousy, insecure browsers and you have better alternatives.
Firefox and Mozilla draws lines differently, grabbing images from Google's servers as you scroll the map.
This can result in sluggish panning (dragging) of the map.
Safari v.3+, available from Apple for Windows, runs about as fast as Firefox.
Google's Chrome is also very fast and free.
Safari v.2 (with MacOS 10.4) is horrid with the way it draws lines.
Recent versions are excellent: upgrade if you haven't yet.
Firefox and Mozilla work well
Google Chrome is very fast.
Opera is the slowest supported browser
Firefox is type tested
Send me email if you have good (or bad) experienced with other systems such as Treo, Blackberry, IPhone. I doubt
this website will fully work, but let me know. Work is progressing for better support on smartphones and touch pads (iPad, specifically).