Flying airplanes and living life

So I haven’t written anything on this website for quite some time. Nothing much has happened since my last post, besides one little thing. I took my private pilot’s license (PPL), which I am very proud of. I am certified to fly small single engine piston (SEP) airplanes up to 5700 kg and land them on land, not water. This happened in the end of June 2015, so it has actually been a while. Since then I have logged a little more than 70 hours of flight time, mainly on Cessnas 172 and 152. In September 2015 I started working on my night rating (NQ) so I can also fly during the night. I still have one hour of flight left before I get this rating but the school, some school in south Sweden (ha!) that I went to, had their teaching permission revoked due to some administrative hurdles. Hopefully they will get it back some time in March and I will finish my rating.

One more thing that I have been doing is studying ATPL theory at TFHS, the aviation school of Lund University (can’t seem to be able to detach my self from this university). I’m still at the stage where I’m doing my school exams, before moving on the EASA exams. Those should be finished some time in early summer (ha-ha summer in Sweden) and then I should attempt the EASA exams. A really nice tool helping me in my ATPL studies is aviation exam. They are not paying me anything for writting about them here, I just really find them useful and I want to share my experience with other students.

So long people, be happy and enjoy life!

Oh and by the way, here is a video of the first flight of the year in snowy Sweden:

Master’s Thesis: Improved traffic safety by wireless vehicular communication

I have recently completed, presented, defended and passed my master’s thesis project. It was a great experience which I believe has the potential of preventing traffic accidents and saving human lives. Bellow you can read the abstract and if you are interested you may download the whole report here:

Abstract

In tomorrow’s vehicle industry vehicles will have the ability to communicate and cooperate with each other in order to avoid collisions and provide useful information to each other. However, for this cooperation to be possible all vehicles will have to be equipped with compatible wireless 802.11p modules that implement the ITS-G5 standard. During the implementation phase of the system there will be plenty of older vehicles without such equipment.

This thesis addresses this problem by developing the hardware and software for a road side unit called Drive ITS. It consists of a universal medium range radar that detects older vehicles, a 802.11p modem that forwards their position and speed vectors to newer vehicles and an embedded system that utilizes and integrates those two parts.

The hardware for the embedded system is divided in two main parts; a microcontroller board and a single-board microcomputer. The software is written in two programming languages; C++ for the microcontroller and Java for the microcomputer.

Tests have been performed by comparing Drive ITS results to results from other vehicles that already implement the ITS-G5 standard and it has been confirmed that the system works as it was intended to.

This solution will prevent potential accidents of newer ITS-G5 vehicles with older ordinary vehicles thus saving human lives.

Master Thesis Prototype

Currently I am doing my Master Thesis at the Department of Electrical and Information Technology, Lund University. In this project we are aiming to demonstrate a new concept for improving traffic safety using wireless communication between vehicles.

This image is a sneak peak into our second prototype. Can you guess what the lower part is? The final report will be published here in the middle of June.

Prototype