||FlightInfo - An online flight plan for North East Greenland
||Pedersen, Mads M.
||Nyborg, Mads (Software Engineering, Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Høgh, Stig (Software Engineering, Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
||Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
||In North East Greenland the short summer is hectic with hundreds of scientists, expeditions and
mine exploration activities. As the distances are enormous and the infrastructure almost nonexistent,
all activities are mainly based on air transport by a few planes and helicopters. To
meet the demands of all players, extensive coordination is required; and since the weather is
often unstable and all players have huge economical interests, the plans are updated daily in
the season. The current scheduling system is based on up to 20 distributed versions of an Excel
spreadsheet, plenty of heavily updated word documents, thousands of mails, and phone calls.
In this project a dedicated flight plan program, FlightInfo, has been developed and this report
describes and documents the process.
FlightInfo consists of a server and a client application plus an applet. The server uses a database
to store the flight plan data and allows clients to send and receive changes.
The client application allows the players to view their offline copy of the plan, presented in a
clear and convenient way. The plan may not be up-to-date, but as the internet connections are
limited, expensive and/or unstable it is not always possible to be online. Furthermore the client
application allows the users to modify the flight plan, to send changes to the server and to receive
updates added by other users.
In addition the application shows information about time and weight limits. In the old system
these constraints depended on the experiences of the coordinator.
Finally the application is able to calculate the shortest route that solves the scheduled tasks of a
Lastly the applet allows passengers to view the current flight plan through their web browser
without downloading the full program.
||Technical University of Denmark (DTU) : Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Creation date: 2010-06-22
Update date: 2010-06-22