### Post by AirCoaster on Mar 7, 2008 11:54:11 GMT -5

I thought I would list some online tools that could help with scenery creation. I usually use a calculator, but find these tools very handy when in a hurry, or just too lazy to punch up the calculator.

As far as world coordinates goes, doing the math for simple degrees, minutes, and seconds, either to decimal seconds, or minutes, or from decimal seconds, or minutes, remember, the constant is 60, and it is related to the number of minutes, and seconds of the clock.

Example: Let's say we have a latitude from Flight Simulator of N40* 20.02', to convert the seconds into decimal seconds, which is used by many tools in FS, you would multiple the .02 of the minutes by 60, and the results are 1.2114 seconds. So, now your latitude reads N40* 20' 1.2114". Notice the markings N = positive latitude, S would equal negative latitude, ' = minutes, and " = seconds. The first listing of our latitude is in decimal minutes, and the results of our calculation is decimal seconds.

Something else you would need to know in regards to latitude, and longitude. The world is split into four regions, two for latitude, and two for longitude. Latitude starts at Zulu, or zero latitude, which is the Equator,and ends at each pole, aproximately 90*. Longitude starts at Zulu, or zero longitude, which is Greenwich Mean Time GMT, and is located in the UK originally, and ends at the International Date line, Pacific Ocean, approximately 180*. Latitude is listed N=north=+=positive, and is in the northern hemisphere, and S=south= - =negative, and is in the southern hemisphere. Longitude is listed E=east=+=positive, and is east of the Mean Meridian, GMT, W=west= - =negative, and is west of the Mean Meridian, GMT. I mention this cause some tools want mathematical signing rather than alpha signing. So, if you had -81* in your coordinate it could also be written as W81*, or +40* could be written as N40*.

Altitudes can be listed in these tools as feet, or meters, and having a signing of MSL (Mean Sea Level)(Zulu)( zero), or AGL (Above Ground Level). The constant here is 3.28, cause 3.28 feet equals 1 meter. So, you would multiply meters by 3.28 to get the resulting feet, and divide feet by 3.28 to get the resulting meters.

I will add more online tools as may be needed, here are some cool ones to try:

As far as world coordinates goes, doing the math for simple degrees, minutes, and seconds, either to decimal seconds, or minutes, or from decimal seconds, or minutes, remember, the constant is 60, and it is related to the number of minutes, and seconds of the clock.

Example: Let's say we have a latitude from Flight Simulator of N40* 20.02', to convert the seconds into decimal seconds, which is used by many tools in FS, you would multiple the .02 of the minutes by 60, and the results are 1.2114 seconds. So, now your latitude reads N40* 20' 1.2114". Notice the markings N = positive latitude, S would equal negative latitude, ' = minutes, and " = seconds. The first listing of our latitude is in decimal minutes, and the results of our calculation is decimal seconds.

Something else you would need to know in regards to latitude, and longitude. The world is split into four regions, two for latitude, and two for longitude. Latitude starts at Zulu, or zero latitude, which is the Equator,and ends at each pole, aproximately 90*. Longitude starts at Zulu, or zero longitude, which is Greenwich Mean Time GMT, and is located in the UK originally, and ends at the International Date line, Pacific Ocean, approximately 180*. Latitude is listed N=north=+=positive, and is in the northern hemisphere, and S=south= - =negative, and is in the southern hemisphere. Longitude is listed E=east=+=positive, and is east of the Mean Meridian, GMT, W=west= - =negative, and is west of the Mean Meridian, GMT. I mention this cause some tools want mathematical signing rather than alpha signing. So, if you had -81* in your coordinate it could also be written as W81*, or +40* could be written as N40*.

Altitudes can be listed in these tools as feet, or meters, and having a signing of MSL (Mean Sea Level)(Zulu)( zero), or AGL (Above Ground Level). The constant here is 3.28, cause 3.28 feet equals 1 meter. So, you would multiply meters by 3.28 to get the resulting feet, and divide feet by 3.28 to get the resulting meters.

I will add more online tools as may be needed, here are some cool ones to try:

**FCC Latitude/Longitude Converter****World Wide Metric**