I'm guessing the motivation here is to avoid having to pass physical objects (along with whatever microbes they may carry) from one person to another - definitely a worthwhile goal. I agree with your concerns regarding electronic cards, but I think it's worthwhile to brainstorm whether those could be addressed.Overall a hard pass -- paper works well.
Agreed. I'm thinking the LCO is the only one that touches the launch laptop/tablet, and the flyers send e-cards via wifi from their own phone/tablet. Definitely would need some good custom software to make this seamless.Typing on a shared laptop is worse IMHO -- users would spend too much time on it.
This is exactly how it should work. e-cards should be transmitted before the flyer steps up to the range head.Agreed. I'm thinking the LCO is the only one that touches the launch laptop/tablet, and the flyers send e-cards via wifi from their own phone/tablet. Definitely would need some good custom software to make this seamless.
Actually, I think that's easy to accomplish. I'm not talking about a wifi network that connects you to the internet. All you need is a local ad hoc network that allows the cellphones to talk to the LCO device.Would be nice - if we only had WiFi in the sage that covers 250 people or so......
Personal responsibility. Like bringing your own mask. If one wants to clean the clips for their protection, they can bring their own gloves and/or spray bottle of disinfect. There is no sense in placing an extra burden on the club....but either one person has to do all the hookups to igniters or there needs to be some way to effectively clean the clips between rounds of flights. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?
It would not require a laptop. Most have cells today so we could use a cell compatible program or browser-based.No Thanks....
Requires a laptop (something like a Toughbook) at the LCO table that is readable in super-bright sunlight as well as rain & dust proof. Also all-day battery life.
Plus we would hamper pad assignments as stated above.
Where would users enter their information & announcer comments -- a second (third or fourth) laptop?
Lastly - would cause privacy concerns for our members - we destroy flight cards shortly after the statistics are extracted.
Overall a hard pass -- paper works well.
If the LCO has an iPhone or Android, he can be the hotspot. The app would need to have features for the LCO to receive and process the e-cards, a flyer would need to be able to send the e-card. A fancy feature would be for the LCO to assign a pad and have the result sent back to the flyer. I think the hardest part would be the authentication requirements - LCO setup, a unique ID for the LCO app for flyers to authenticate and login to. A goof app developer wouldn't find this too difficult if a decent set of requirements could be derived.Actually, I think that's easy to accomplish. I'm not talking about a wifi network that connects you to the internet. All you need is a local ad hoc network that allows the cellphones to talk to the LCO device.
Excellent ideas! This would be the most significant upgrade to range operations since...well...forever? Design and implementation would be a nice R&D project.... The primary advantage of digitizing the flight cards would be to automate a lot of the other manual processes that happen a launch. Why would you manually assign pads when you have all the data electronically to optimize the pad distribution? ....