Virtual Earth Flight Simulator

You just have to check this out. Ricky Brundritt has created a Flight Simulator for Virtual Earth by writing a plug-in for the VE3D MapControl. In his 4 part blog series he also explains the making of and provides the source code. The control even leverages the local time. Ricky, this is just great!!!

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The 3D control is usually started through the Virtual Earth AJAX MapControl but there is also a documented SDK that allows you to access the assemblies directly and extend them with your own plug-ins. On their blog the VE3D team provides lots of helpful information and sample applications to get you started.

The VE3D API is one of now 5 documented APIs for Virtual Earth but before you get carried away keep in mind that only 2 of these APIs are officially supported: the AJAX and the SOAP API. The VE3D API is still a beta and the Silverlight API is a Community Technology Preview (CTP). The ASP.NET Server Control is part of the Windows Live Tools for Visual Studio and a CTP as well. It is basically a wrapper around the AJAX control.

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