AvioVision asked us to build a tablet application that would simplify a pilot's life. We took care of their UX and design and came up with a prototype.
Electronic flight bag
For every scheduled flight, a pilot needs to take a selection of manuals on board, weighing up to 30 kg in total. AvioVision wanted to digitalize this physical data into a handy electronic flight bag. That's why they asked us to build a digital library that would give the pilot all the information he needs for a flight, displayed on a single and easy-to-use device.
Scope and ambitions grew when flight schedules were added, providing direct access to essential info regarding airports (such as landing strips, exception lists, etc.), maps (frequencies, wind maps, etc.), reports and info on airplane maintenance. It also had to include a module to perform calculations (e.g. how many passengers/luggage a plane can carry, how much fuel it will need, etc.) for take-off and landing.
During analysis, we faced different technical limitations that required some out-of-the-box thinking. To name a few: once the plane is in the air, there is no Wi-Fi connection, so everything needs to be in sync before take-off. Also, the large amount of info that had to be displayed on a very small screen gave us something to think about.
On top of this, we had to keep regulations in mind. All the buttons must have a certain dimension and color to be usable under any weather circumstances (e.g. turbulence, influence of the sun, ...)
What started out as the build of a digital library, quickly grew out to be a many-faceted project.
How did we do it?
We followed a reverse course of action, compared to other projects. Where we usually start from a wireframe model, we now incorporated design elements into our wireframes. We printed out a paper version to create a prototype. By printing it to actual size, we were able to get a clear idea of how the end product would look like and how it would behave in a pilot's hands.
For this project, we took care of wireframing and the design. CUO performed reviews on the app. Those were immediately incorporated into the next iteration of the information architecture.
The end result: AVIOBOOK®, an electronic flight bag for pilots, supported by a base platform to enable information management for airlines and a full-blown back-office for central management of flight-related information.