jtrindle wrote:Sorry about the confusion, Debi... one more (hopefully last and this time correct...) nitpick, I don't see the "Map This Request" link in this thread.
I think it's very cool that there is a tool that allows rescue requesters to find pilots, now I just wish there was one for pilots to find rescues (route crosses within X nautical miles of home base) and brings up a list of forum threads. I understand this might be more complicated *grin*.
LOL, well who knows, maybe one day we will have that as well but at this point in time we are doing the best with what we have
The "Map this Request" feature has to be added manually. It is not automatic when someone posts the city, state and zip code in the subject line however it saves us from having to look the zip codes up! Our volunteer webmaster (and pilot) extraordinare Steve Foley is the person who 'makes' the "map this request" happen. He is presently taking finals therefore his time is limited until classes are out for the summer in about a week.
We have talked about the possibility of a feature to let pilots know when a request comes up in their area. However, pilots have different planes, different ratings, different distances they are willing to travel, etc. so to narrow a search down that would cover every pilot would be difficult. Much easier with the rescues because the animal is going from point A to point B. Pilots "points" will vary.
Thanks for the input, suggestions and feel free to ask more questions, we don't have a limit--ha~!