Term of Award

Spring 2001

Degree Name

Master of Science

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)


Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Committee Chair

Chong-Wei Xu

Committee Member 1

Goran Lesaja

Committee Member 2

Ahmed Barbour


My research project implements a Java based utility developed for commercial application by Gulfstream Aerospace employees and customers to determine static position data of Gulfstream aircraft. The static position data includes aircraft attitude, nose and main landing gear loads and aircraft ground clearance data.

The previous methods used to obtain this data were a family of spreadsheets. The spreadsheet solution has proven to be awkward and inaccessible for providing the required data. Therefore, Gulfstream Aerospace Management approved the design and implementation of a new aircraft static position utility.

The new utility is identified as the Gulfstream Aircraft Static Position (GASP) Utility. The GASP Utility dynamically provides a user with the static aircraft position information as a function of aircraft mass and landing gear parameters. The client side of the utility is an Internet accessible Java Swing applet that is used to request, edit, display and plot aircraft static position data. The applet is combined with a Java application file server that reads and returns aircraft data as requested by the client. The aircraft data is located in text files on the server computer. The applet communicates with the server using Remote Method Invocation (RMI) to obtain the requested aircraft data file. The user is able to interactively adjust the aircraft configuration using graphical or text input and dynamically view the resulting static position, gear loads and ground clearance data.

This project report will present several aspects of the GASP Utility including the Business Case, the technologies used, the detailed development of the file server, client and Graphical User Interface (GUI), the communication and computational methods applied and finally a users guide.


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