CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2012
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

By using state-of-the-art digital technology, GE Aviation is meeting the needs of the world's evolving airspace. Their products offer the flexibility and enhanced performance that are essential in safety-critical aircraft operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of iPads by pilots, which allows state-of-the-art mobile technologies to provide innovative replacements for outdated technologies along with a host of new ones.

When pilots must fly to remote areas or unfamiliar airports, ultra-high-resolution satellite images can provide valuable visual insights about the airport and the area surrounding their destination.

Our Mobile Avionics Satellite Imagery iPad app provides a convenient way of displaying and manipulating GE Aviation’s ultra-high-resolution satellite images. The app incorporates the use of familiar touch screen gestures as well as the ability to display the latitude and longitude of any point in the image as shown in the example to the right.

The iPad app provides pilots with information in a way that is more convenient and lightweight than the equivalent paper maps while taking advantage of the image quality that an Apple iPad has to offer.

Our Mobile Avionics Satellite Imagery iPad app is written in Objective-C. The images are preprocessed by an application written in C++ and follow the GeoTIFF image specification.