One of the implications of this was that I had to implement the a tile-based earth-renderer for sufficient levels of detail. Fortunately I already had some code for this from another project which required minimal modification.
1Airport, airline and route data credit OpenFlights.
2Earth light data from image created using Suomi NPP VIIRS (http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/viirs.html) data provided courtesy of Chris Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/dmsp/dmsp.html). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.