Hi, I'm an inexperienced programmer, working on my first major programming project, which is to design a flight-planning system as an add-on utility for Microsoft FSX.
My main concern is designing a 'world-map' onto which I can put airports, vors, waypoints and so on. The map would need to contain contours, airways, and be capable of displaying weather information (to be downloaded by the user from weather-reporting organisations.
I considered some kind of link to Google Earth, but again, as I'm inexperienced, I'm not sure how to implement this.
Finally, would this be better as a program that runs off the users' computer, or as a web-based system? I'm leaning towards web-based, as it would make the frequent updates that would be necessary much easier.
I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions.