A Real-Time Mobile Application for Flight Time and Logs Tracking for Pilots

AeroTrakr Flight is a fully functional mobile application available on the App Store in the United States. The app helps the aeroplane pilots to log their flight hours to calculate the exact time of flying and Hobbs time smoothly and straight forwardly using a simple, user-friendly interface.

The Background

aerotrakr.com is an Internet-based aircraft maintenance website. It can also be used for inspection of e-logbooks, AD compliance database and duelists. It is deployed as a web-based, Software as a Service(SaaS) and a cloud service.

AeroTrakr Flight is the mobile application of the same service. The application includes all the features available on the website and more. The most exciting function of the application is an automated real-time flight time tracking and Logbook Tracking.

Problem Statement

Requirements: The need was to create a mobile application used as an Aircraft Logbook that supports any aircraft- Single Engine or Multi-Engine, Piston or Turbine or Jet.

The client wished to incorporate our experience with their existing design and build a secure feature-rich mobile application that is easy to use and advanced than the web application. That is precisely what we did!

AeroTrakr Flight: One of a kind Aviation Management Mobile App

AeroTrakr Flight is a native mobile application on ioS platform built using Swift 4 programming language to help with aviation and aviation maintenance. The registered user who is a pilot or a Flight Manager can record and submit flight log entries for aircraft using the AeroTrakr Flight app.

Using an iPhone or iPad, Pilots can record Flight Time using a real-time flight timer and record aircraft Hobbs times and engine Hobbs times for each flight as it happens. The app updates the aircraft flight log with actual times along with customers, passengers, and remarks.

Our Strategy

The main goal was to build a native mobile application that enables all logging and monitoring features required in aircraft management. The application is a built-in Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture.

It is an architectural pattern that separates an application into three main logical components: the model, the view, and the controller. Each of these components is built to handle specific development aspects of an application.

How we work

Design Phase

The design of the application is similar to the existing website’s. The colours and components of the application are classic. The application uses the MVC architecture, which is more of an architectural pattern, but not for a complete application. MVC mostly relates to the UI / interaction layer of an application.

Development Phase

The Native-ioS framework was equipped to make Inspection Duelists always available. The application has AD compliance and also offers searchable history. The application is developed in such a way to provide online access to logbook entry details, yellow tags, 8130s and other release documents.

Key Challenge

The web application acted as a simple logbook for pilots. A registered pilot had to manually enter the flight journey start and end time to record the flight time. This process had to be simplified with the added automation that self-records the time in the mobile application. The user has to start and stop the timer at the beginning and end of the flight, respectively. The engine Hobbs time is also logged in for each flight as it happens.

 

Tech Stack

  • Framework: Swift 4 – Native iOS
  • Database: MD SQL
  • Architecture: Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • App Category: Travel
  • Language: English
  • Orientation: Portrait

The value our service offered

AeroTrakr Flight provides a new approach to aircraft logs. This allows the pilot, aircraft owner and the mechanic to have simultaneous access from anywhere at all times.

The user-friendly interface easily allows members to set up their aircraft, and the application offers both Do-it-Yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) features. Various reports, such as Inspection duelist, maintenance duelist, Notice duelist, etc., can be generated.

What lies ahead?

The application is fully developed, and the maintenance support is available round the clock. Pilot’s user guide, Owner’s user guide and Location User Guide is available. There is no known future prospective.

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