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On Passenger Terminal Expo 2015

One of my 2015′s resolutions is to deepen the contact with the aviation’s industry, specially airport’s industry. If you follow the website a bit, you may notice that I’m developing some airport systems mockups ( so as to showing some of the concepts I wrote here. During the last two years I’m following very close some of the new developments technologies, mobile and associates in particular, and trying to build some new ideas on them applied to airports and its related processes.


A new digital revolution is coming to the airport industry:

So, exciting times in this industry with a lot of challenges coming. So, this year a is good attending to Passenger Terminal Expo in Paris (PTE2015) should be a good thermometer of how all this changes are being applied and faced.

My interest in Passenger Terminal Expo is summarized in the 40 conferences I want to attend. All the conference’s track has a lot interesting topics, these are the relevant I want to cover for you:

  • The use of beacons.
  • The new trends in Airport Design.
  • The airport ownership and investments trends.
  • The PaxEx through the eFlow devices (eGates, Automated Border Controls, e…).
  • ICT applied to Retail.
  • New operations models, A-CDM, trajectory models, situational awareness.
  • Mobile.
  • Retail segmentation.
  • Airport projects in US, Middle East, Asia and North/South America.

At the exhibition area, more than 160 booths to visit. Three days full of interest and for capturing the essence of the opportunities that everyone should be benefited. I hope I can bring you interesting contents after the PTE2015.

If you are an exhibitor or a speaker and wanted to have a brief meeting, I would be delighted to learn from your value propositions. Contact me at or send me a DM to my twitter account @aeriaablog

See you in Paris!




AirTalk with Jerome Perez Air Cube’s CEO

In this Airtalk we are going to deepen in other technologies applied to aviation, the visual data analytics and business intelligence in aviation, to be more precisely, those applied to airlines, airports and travel distribution. I wonder you know heard about BigData, data science, forecasts, BI, etc. And you probably also read about corporative movements about the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) for air travel, Google as a new player in this field, etc. With no more dilation I want to introduce you to Jerome Perez, the CEO of AirCube. (Linked In Profile)

Jerome Perez. CEO of AirCube

Jerome Perez. CEO of AirCube

Air Cube is a Travel Technology & Consulting company, specialized in tailor-made Visual Data Analytics Solutions turning big data into relevant data for airlines, airports and travel distribution players. Jerome spent the last 20 years close to the key players of the aviation and travel industry, through engineering, business consulting and marketing missions. Since Jan 2011, he is the CEO of Air Cube. Please, keep reading this interview.

On Horizon2020 – Innovating aviation solutions


Next december the 18th the European Commission will present the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport programmes included in the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, also called Framework Programmes or abbreviated FP1 through FP7, are funding programmes created by the European Union in order to support and encourage research in the European Research Area (ERA). The specific objectives and actions vary between funding periods. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Horizon 2020 programme is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, aEurope 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion1, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through theFramework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). (Source:

Image Credit: European Commission

Image Credit: European Commission

Some examples related to the 7th Framework Programme:

SWIM (System Wide Information Management) network for ATM: The next video shows the 2nd Master Class SWIM competition final event taken place las 21st of november. This is part of the 7th Framework Programme.

For more info:

CASCADE: ICT for energy efficient airports.

Air transportation is often associated with high energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. But not only the aircrafts, also are the airports responsible for a considerable amount of energy needs and CO2 emissions: the typical electricity consumption of an airport is 100 -300 GWh / year, which is as much as 30,000 to 100,000 households consume.

A significant part of the high energy consumption results from poor performance of  energy systems like chillers, heating and cooling circuits, air handling units and lighting systems. Currently operating Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Building Management Systems (BMS) have the capacity to integrate a lot of heterogeneous components, but in the majority of cases they are not designed to perform a detailed energy monitoring by detecting energy faults and system malfunctions leading to energy losses.

CASCADE Integrated Solution. Source:

CASCADE Integrated Solution. Source:


For more info visit 

TITAN Beyond A-CDM.Turnaround integration in trajectory and network.



At aeriaA we covered this project in the following interview (Airtalk to Steve Zerkowitz and Ana C.Saez) and with the free download of the project’s book:

For more info:

What’s new about aviation at Horizon 2020?

The continuation of the two biggest programmes is guaranteed, SESAR and Clean Sky, the main chapter where the aviation transportation is included is called Smart, Green and Integrated transport, let’s see some about these projects and chapters taking the information excerpts issued by the European Commission papers.

SMART, GREEN AND INTEGRATED TRANSPORT. (click here to see the EU paper)

Aviation, which comprises aeronautics and air transport, is vital for our society and economy It provides mobility to passengers and freight, establishing links between citizens and regions of Europe and beyond. Aviation generates around 2% of EU GDP and accounts for 3.7 million direct and indirect jobs.

The proposed Topics are in line with the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE):

  • Competitiveness of European Aviation through cost efficiency and innovation.
  • Enhancing the environmental performance of aviation
  • Seamless and customer oriented air mobility
  • Coordinated research and innovation actions targeting the highest levels of safety for European aviation

SESAR PROGRAMME. (click here to see the EU paper)

Image credit: SESAR JU

Image credit: SESAR JU

The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (the SJU), a public private partnership established in 2007, is the implementation instrument for the technology pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) and, in this respect, is in charge of the SESAR project’s development phase, i.e. is the “guardian” and the executor of the European ATM Master Plan (ATM Master Plan).

The SJU is responsible for coordinating and managing the R&I activities of the SESAR project in accordance with the ATM Master Plan. It is also responsible for executing and maintaining the ATM Master Plan. The most recent version of the ATM Master Plan, approved in 2012, identifies the “Essential Operational Changes” that need to be implemented in three main steps to lead to the full deployment of the new SESAR concept by 2030:

  • Step 1 – time based operations – concentrates on unlocking latent capability particularly by improving information sharing to optimize network effects.
  • Step 2 – trajectory based operations – develops the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and initial trajectory management concepts to increase efficiency.
  • Step 3 – performance based improvements – will introduce a full and integrated trajectory management with new separation modes to achieve the long term political goal of SES.The agreed and current work programme of the SJU covers Step 1 and, considering the maturity level of technology and operations, a large portion of Step 2 of the ATM Master Plan. In this respect, the SJU progress reports confirm that Step 1 and approximately 70% to 80% of Step 2 are expected to be delivered by the end of 2016. Moreover, although the current SJU work programme broadly covers the full R&I cycle, it mainly focusses on pre- industrial developments.

Next steps:

The deployment of the SESAR concept still requires coordinated development and validation activities to complete Step 2 and to fully address Step 3 of the ATM Master Plan.

Furthermore, now that the deployment process is about to be launched, the balance of resources allocated to the different phases of the R&I cycle could be reviewed to keep innovative ideas flowing in. In particular, more efforts could be put into exploratory research. Large scale demonstration activities focused on performance benefits, on conducting integrated and coordinated advanced validation and on demonstration activities showing readiness for deployment and for operational and/or technological transition will now be set up.

A future programme set from 2014 and operating for up to 10 years cannot be fixed once at the outset, provisions will need to be made to allow promising results from exploratory research to evolve in applied research, development and preparation for deployment thus accommodating an evolution of the topics contributing to the SES.

CLEAN SKY2 JOINT UNDERTAKING (click here to see the EU paper)

Image Credit: Clean Sky

Image Credit: Clean Sky

The Europe 2020 strategy sets out the EU’s commitment to reduce all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2020. The Transport White Paper ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area — Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system’ recognises that transport accounts for a large share of GHG emissions (~20%) and therefore proposes reducing transport GHG emissions by 60% between 1990 and 2050. Europe 2020 also calls for an ‘Innovation Union’ to tackle the societal challenges we face and the Horizon 2020 proposal includes the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport challenge aiming, among other things, to secure both resource-efficient transport that respects the environment and global leadership for the European transport industry. Finally, Europe 2020 also calls for action on sustainable growth and promotes a more resource-efficient, greener and competitive economy. At the same time, the current economic and financial crisis Europe is facing demands bold measures towards robust and sustainable growth.

Clean Sky contributes to this goal in Europe through advanced research and full-scale demonstration actions in green technology for air transport in line with the strategic research agenda identified, with the involvement of all public and private stakeholders and a time horizon that runs up to 2050.

This new proposal relates to a Joint Undertaking in the field of Aeronautics. It follows on from and partly builds up on the results obtained by the previous Clean Sky JTI in this area established in 2008 under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and partly develops new technologies and research lines. This proposal is in line with the Commission Communication’ Public-private partnerships, in Horizon 2020: a powerful tool to deliver on innovation and growth in Europe’.


It is proposed that the new Clean Sky programme be implemented by continuing and building on the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking with the objective of improving the environmental impact of European aeronautical technologies and securing the future international competitiveness of the European aeronautical industry. The proposed initiative aims:

  1. To contribute to the finalisation of research activities initiated under European Commission Regulations establishing the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, and in particular the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge under the Societal Challenges pillar.
  2. To contribute to the objectives of the Joint Technology Initiative on Clean Sky 2 , in particular to integrate, demonstrate and validate technologies capable of:
    • increasing aircraft fuel efficiency thus reducing CO2 emissions by 20 to 30 % compared to “state-of-the-art” aircraft entering into service as from 2014;
    • reducing aircraft NOx and noise emissions by 20 to 30 % compared to “state- of-the-art” aircraft entering into service as from 2014.

These objectives will be achieved for the benefit of Europe at large. Environmental benefits are transnational by nature and the economic spill-over of sector growth will affect the service community of the air transport sector (airlines, airports) as a whole.

Next steps:

Clean Sky has been successful in attracting extensive and wide-ranging participation by all key stakeholders, including a large number of SMEs. In the Clean Sky programme, 12 leaders (11 major industries and one research establishment), 74 associated members and more than 450 partners are working together in a number of technology domains to address the environmental objectives and to demonstrate and validate the required technological innovations in a commonly defined programme.

The proposal consists of a Council Regulation on Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. The Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking was initially established by Council Regulation (EC) No 71/2008 of 20 December 2007, which is to be repealed with effect from 1 January 2014.

For more information:

Horizon 2020:


Celan Sky:


A rough guide to A-CDM

At aeriaA we are trying to address the A-CDM concept from several points of view, interviews at Meet the Expert’s Airtalks interviews (see the Airtalk with the authors of the TITAN Project book, and with Juergen Weder – Neuropie’s CEO), with the free book download of books (, or assisting to interesting events as the Data Science Workshop, etc. So, last week I had the opportunity of reading the first article of Kris de Bolle’s (thanks Kris) new series about A-CDM at the New Airport Insider website. This is the link to the article.

A Rough Guide to A-CDM

A Rough Guide to A-CDM

AirTalk with Mark Sapp AirIT’s SVP Business Development


I have the pleasure to show you the AIrTalk with Mark Sapp, SVP Business Development at AirIT, a Fraport Company, one of the airport’s leading technology firms. I met Mark at LinkedIn and we started to cross comments, opinions in the different group’s debates. One day I asked Mark about doing an interview and he kindly accept it, at aeriaA I wanted to know more of one of the most recognized airport’s technology companies, AirIT. aeriaA is an aviation and its technology place, so it is mandatory to have the big players on stage (you might know there is a big space for the mid and small players too, visit the Project’s menu above). So, it’s time for introducing our guest, I’ve stolen his own profile’s presentation.

Mark Sapp has been in and around commercial aviation his entire life. The son of an airline A&P mechanic, he began his own professional career on the air carrier side in 1972 including a combined 15 years with Eastern, Braniff International and Midway. With the dawning realization that airlines might not be the best bet for long term career stability, he moved into the travel and transportation industry information technology sector in 1987.

Working with both airports and airlines, Mark’s IT resume includes experience gained with RPA, Sabre Decision Technologies, IBM Global Services, SITA and Air-Transport IT Services. Mark joined AirIT in early 2003 as National Sales Director and currently serves as the company’s SVP Business Development.

Mark is a frequent industry speaker and moderator, currently serves as a member of AAAE’s Corporate Committee steering group as well as a member of all six AAAE regional chapters. Remaining a life-long student of the industry he calls home, Mark’s professional passion is helping airports leverage technology to reduce costs, optimize cash flow and improve operational efficiencies.

Mark Sapp. SVP Business Development at AirIT

Mark Sapp. SVP Business Development at AirIT

Airtalk with Steve Zerkowitz and Ana Saez (TITAN A-CDM book co-authors)

Some months ago, I clicked on a incoming link at Twitter and I downloaded the book “TITAN – Going beyond A-CDM” (you can freely download it clicking the link), I only had some notions about A-CDM and I wanted to deepen on it. So, a friday evening I read it in one go, the concepts were perfectly explained from the scratch, introduction to A-CDM, the extending necessity and the TITAN Project under the 7th EU Framework. Its 75 pages are full of information, very concise and very well explained and developed. So Turnaround Integration in Trajectory and Network (TITAN) got all my attention then.

After its reading, I wanted to know more about this project and authors, so I put in contact with Steve Zerkowitz and Ana Saez, the co-authors of the book, and started to talk. I proposed then an interview the book, the EU projects experience and about A-CDM. This is result, one of the best and informative talk we had at aeriaA. I hope you’ll find it interesting.


What’s new on



As I announced on my latest post, we were working on the new, “we” means me and my little brother, for developing new features for these goals:

  • More social.
  • More participative.
  • More sections.
  • More aviation and technology.

Let’s see each feature:

More Social.

  • We opened the users registration feature for two basic reasons:
    • Get your comments on posts, news, events, etc. Now you can comment below in the articles/news etc that have the Reply/Comment section available.
    • Questions & Answers section, we opened this section in order to everybody that has an aviation related questions, ask for it, and now you can answer it.

For registry we do prefer the use of facebook, google or linkedin accounts, you’ll see buttons of these social networks in the Login/Register form.

  • The AirLetter is the periodic newsletter you can subscribe, we will send it monthly, we do not want to be spammers. We want to send you the best we published or capture our attention during the month.
  • More channels, you have more channels to enjoy aviation with aeriaA:
    • Youtube. The aeriaA TV Channel has the videos we produced and some very interesting video playlists as (Education, Great Planes, Military history, Aerodynamics, Spotters, Love to fly, Pilot’s view, etc).
    • Twitter, our account is still online @aeriaablog follow us!
    • Facebook, our facebook fan page will continue to update aviation and technology stuff.
    • Instagram, follow us (aeriaagram) and tag your photos with #aeriaa and of course with #avgeeks, the best interesting aviation photos tagged with #aeriaa will be shown on the Spotter section.
    • 500px, are you a photographer? See our page at 500px and if you have an user there share with us your photo, we will upload your best photos to our profile!
    • LinkedIn, you can add me to your contacts and follow the aeriaA page in this professional network.

See our first videos:

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Help this project

At aeriaA we want to support the Open Source Projects related to aviation whatever its field of application. The Open Source tools, applications, etc. are basic for one of the most dynamic sectors of the world, aviation.

Are you planning or developing an aviation related Open Source Project? Need help?

Use aeriaA for showing your plans and project, we can include it in the Open Source Projects section and if you need help of any type we can include it this section too.

What kind of help?

Do not only think in an economic way, think in all of these:

  • Elevator Pitch. We never know who might be watching this site!
  • Evaluation of your idea.
  • Ask for beta testers.
  • Contact with other developers.
  • Show a demo.
  • Look for partners.
  • Advisory.
  • Contact with airports/airlines etc. to offer demos/webinars etc.
  • Stimulus, impulse…
  • aeriaA could offer you space for an AirTalk, the Open Source Project section directory, promotional article, a video in our Youtube channel, a tweet, etc.

How to submit your proposals?

Send us an email to projects [at] aeriaa [dot] com

Tell the details of your project, who are you and what do you need.

Is it this a Crowdfunding site?

No, it is not. We are not “Kickstarter” or similar.

Will you filter the projects?

Yes, we will. It is necessary for keeping the quality of this site, you can read Our Vision section.

Contact us

Send us an email to projects [at] aeriaa [dot] com



AirTalk with…Pedro Lobo. Innovagency Co-Founder (ANA Airports App)

At Aeriaa, Innovagency is not a newbie, they represent one of the first posts about the beauty of  their ANA Aeroportos de Portugal and Madeira Airports smartphone/tablet app and its use for tracking a flight (see both posts here, beauty and use). As an aviation and technology related blog, the airports’ apps gather both worlds, it is unquestionable the tremendous potential of a mobile application as a “partner” of any passenger at any airport. I think it will one of the most successful combinations of technology to the serve of the people and the transportation business. It allows to put every passenger in contact with the business and services owners, providers ant whole process of travel experience, form its conception to to the destination and beyond, or perhaps aren’t there further duties to do after reaching the destination? Or aren’t there a satisfaction sense after the trip to be analysed or exploited?. A College’s teacher of mine, Javier Recuenco (you can know more about him at his LinkedIn profile and in is evangelizing the concept behind this,  Personalization, for me this is the ones of the better platforms for applying “Personotechnics”, we wear devices, we see and being seen with them more than ever in the history.

Coming back to the AirTalk, I’m glad to introduce Pedro Lobo, Co-founder and Head of International Business Development and Communication at Innovagency. I wanted to ask him about the design process of this app in a special environment as the airports are. I also asked him about some technologies aspects and project’s topics as testings phase.

I hope you like it.

ANA Aeroportos de Portugal App.

ANA Aeroportos de Portugal App.

AirTalk with…Perry Rees, more than 35 years at aviation.

Welcome to a new AirTalk, this is with Perry Rees (LinkedIn profile), he has a huge airline and aviation IT projects related experience. He had worked at British Caledonian, British Airways, EDS, SITA, Logica and now he is a freelancer, his services within the IT and Aviation Sector are focused to Airports, Airlines, Ground Handling Agents, Aviation Regulatory Authorities and IT companies providing services to such organisations.

In this interview you will find comments about Airport’s Privatization, the importance of the Middle-East’s Hub, Perry’s experience at airlines and airports environments and about Spain, its airports and a beneficent cause in the Santiago’s Way.

Perry at Plaza del Obradoiro (Obradoiro's Square), the end  of the Santiago's Way. It is really exciting, you have to try it.

Perry at Plaza del Obradoiro (Obradoiro’s Square), the end of the Santiago’s Way. It is really exciting, you have to try it.

AirTalk with…Jürgen Weder – Neuropie’s CEO

I have the pleasure to premiere a new section at Aeriaa, AirTalks. These are interviews with people that I think they can contribute with interesting issues, thoughts and opinions. I have to say that these interviews don’t have any personal commercial benefit or have nothing to do with my professional daily work. There are only a reflection of my passion about aviation, airports and technology, as Aeriaa represents. So, lets me introduce the first AirTalk.

Jürgen Weder is the Neuropie’s CEO. Neuropie is a 10 years old swiss based consultancy firm. Zeus is their star product for providing operational business intelligence to airports. Their key projects are the Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport Management Center (Sheremetyevo had recently awarded by ACI as the Best European Airport in 2012), Zurich Airport Zeus implementation and AMC for South African Airports (ACSA). You also can follow the Jürgen’s blog, Airport Operation.

Jürgen Weder - Neuropie CEO

Jürgen Weder – Neuropie’s CEO

I would like to thank Mr.Weder for his kindly disposition for this interview. In this interview we talk about Airport Management Centers, Airport Collaborative Decision Model (A-CDM), innovation and trends. I hope you will find it interesting.