Bishop, California - Millions of people are expected to join the search for Fossett right from the comfort of their homes, offices, Internet cafes and even laptops using Google's Earth flight simulator. The new software is expected to help in the search and rescue mission of the lost millionaire and thrill seeker, Fossett, who was reported overdue and since declared missing after leaving on a solo flight from Barron Hilton's ranch on Monday.
"It could not have come along at a better time," said Captain (Retired) Don Roberts, one of the search and rescue team members looking for Fossett. "We need all the volunteer searchers we can get. Even if they're in the cyberspace and virtual."
Although rescuers remain optimistic that they will find Fossett safe and well, they welcome the million of additional eyes scanning their computer monitors searching for Fossett covering 600-square-miles between Yerington and Bishop. Some rescuers have jokingly suggested making a game out of it in order to attract even more virtual searchers in cyberspace, while others (wannabe millionaires Internet entrepreneurs) wasting no time have already done just that.
"It's called, 'Who Wants to Find a Millionaire: The Search for Fossett 2007'," said Max Foley, Internet entrepreneur and Website designer. "Once you get your pass word e-mailed to you. You login to our Website that's linked to Google Earth and from there, using the new flight simulator software, you begin your search for Fossett. It's as easy as that."
However, the privilege of searching for Foesstt is not free. Each cyberspace virtual search and rescue team member must pay per square mile he or she wishes to search. Because some areas are more likely than others to have a higher probability of containing Fossett, prices very substantially from one square mile to the next.
"Many of the prime real estate as already been sold out," said Foley. "But some choice territories are still available at auction on e-bay. But you don't own it. We sell it out in time-shares. So even if you do get on it on e-bay, remember you're wasting value search time, so it's better to get it from us directly."
Currently the price rage is any where from $10,000 to $25,000 per square mile, making it affordable for either the very wealthy or corporations to participate.
Interestingly enough, Foley claims that all of Fossett's competitors have bought out all the prime real estate time-shares in the search for him, even promising large bonuses and free vacations as an incentive to the first employee who finds him.
Reportedly, those same business competitors of Fossett have corporate helicopters and executive jets on standby to get to Fossett first before any other civilian or civil servant search and rescue members do.
"And who says the business community has a no heart," said Foley.
Some say the cyberspace search for Fossett is exploitive and in poor taste. Well others say, Fossett would be proud to see that innovation is still alive and well in America, though he may not be.