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Quo Vadis Iberia?


It is really ironic that this question could be formulated by any Hispania’s roman centurion more than 2.000 years ago. Cartago established on the Hispania’s east coast and promote the commerce of mineral deposits and goods in the mediterranean area. Hannibal was devastating Italica and Rome needed to cut their procurement chain between Hispania and Rome. So Rome started the invasion of Hispania about 200 years b.C.

Today, october the 12nd, in the Spanish National Day I saw the new Iberia Airlines Livery shot by an spotter at Toulouse, France (Is it a fake?). IAG spent 10 millions € in this new rebranding strategy of Iberia.

Update: [Oct 15th] The new logo and livery finally revealed today (this article was started on Oct 12th) and it is confirmed that is as shown below.

Spotter's photo of a A330 with supposed new Iberia's livery.

Spotter’s photo or recreation of an A330 with the new Iberia’s livery.


New Iberia's livery.

New Iberia’s livery.

On an airplane legend. Boeing 747 (Rollout 45th anniversary)


The 747′s story is the story of its Principal Engineer, Joe Sutter, it is the story of Boeing, it is the story of the “right plane”, it is the story of “The Incredibles”, it is the story of the aviation’s golden age, it is the story of the “Queen of the air”, it is the story of PanAm and its CEO Juan Trippe, it is the story of Project Management, it is the story of “Human-centered-Design”, it is the story of writing the FAA’s flight testings regulations, and it is the story of the beginning of travel by plane democratization. All these stories are represented by the Boeing 747. Come on board and fly through this story.

Boeing 747 roll-out ceremony. 30th of september 1968

Boeing 747 Rollout ceremony. 30th of september 1968

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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On learning to fly (Gliding)


aeriaA as a website about aviation tries to cover all the topics. But there is one basic topic that is the primary reason of writing about airports, technologies applied to them, aviation history, interviews to experts, mobile apps, etc. The reason is that we fly, on a plane, on parachutes, delta wings, whatever, so when I received a course proposal in my mail inbox three months ago I instantly replied to it and I enrolled to an introductory course for learning to fly on a glider. Relatively cheap, without special requirements, and with a pure approach of flying, no engines, only the man, a flying machine and the nature. I reserved my first summer holidays on august, and here is my experience of learning to fly.

In this flying atmosphere, the cooperation among equals, the assistance to your pals, no matter how many flying hours you have, if you are the instructor, the newbie, the expert, the time logger and runway supervisor, it doesn’t matters, you are in, you take part of it and simply enjoy.

The first day:

I arrived to LEOC near Toledo, 60km south of Madrid (Spain), the day was great, sunny, blue sky, no wind. After doing some administrative course stuff, I was introduced to the instructors, Pawel Kwiatkowski and Pedro Berlinches, my main flight instructor will be Pawel. We reached the main hangar and the first dutie, “here everybody cooperate, take the glider’s batteries, carry with the parachutes, help to move the gliders…” We moved out the gliders from de hangar, by hand, they are big, elegant and light, they are as the huge dog that impress at first sight but afterwards when you touch it he shows you his nobleness.

It’s time to taxi the gliders to the runway, today we use the 29. The best way for taxiing a glider for some hundreds of meters is as the following picture shows.

A glider ready for taxiing. Image credit: Pedro Garcia.

A glider ready for taxiing. Image credit: Pedro Garcia.

On the new aeriaA

I want to share with you a new born, the new that is coming soon. I would like to put it online on september the 1st.

The new

Why a new

Because I need it, because the the experience with the blog during these last ten months have been absolutely amazing, I’ve learned a lot about the visitors (Analytics is superb), your interests, about my pace production, about the people I’ve contacted through the blog, about your comments at LinkedIn, etc.

Because there are so many things to share with you and a lot of them that you can share with the rest of us.

Digital Level is adding to the Departures and Arrivals levels

Digital Level is adding to the Departures and Arrivals levels

On the beginnings of drones

1962, one of the Cold War’s Milestones, the Cuban’s Missiles Crisis and the Blockade, John Glenn the first american orbited the Earth in the NASA’s Mercury Program, Neil Armstrong as a test pilot, among others, flew with the X-15 plane to 40km altitudes and Mach 7 (Armstrong reached a 6.420 km/h speed), the Boeing 707 dominated the skies and The Beatles were rejected in an audition.

On the 1st of may of 1960, Francis Gary Powers were shot by the shock wave of fourteen SA-2 missiles that chased him, President Eisenhower had to admit to URSS premier Khrushchev that the U2 flight had a spying mission. Francis was exchanged for a soviet spy in 1962 and the direct U2 overflying were suspended, not near the coasts.

China started its nuclear program on 1959 and the Lop Nur Nuclear Test facilities were the target to photograph. Lop Nur is in the north east of China, near Mongolia, far far away from the Pakistan’s, european, turkish, and taiwanese U2 air bases, it was 3.300 km out of range even for the most experienced U2 pilots (the flew in missions up to 8 hours and 6.500 km) . The A12 were in development but it is needed more range without air re-fueling.

But again, Skunk Works were on the top of the plane’s development, the A12 (later the SR71 Blackbird) flew for the first time for reaching higher altitudes and five times faster than U2. In parallel, the genius engineers (Ben Rich and Kelly Johnson) start thinking about the first drone carried on top of an A12. This is the story.

Lockheed Martin D21 Drone

Lockheed Martin D21 Drone on SR71 mothership. Source:

On the new Airport’s Digital Level (ACRIS)

Airport Passenger’s centric, new revenues paths, more cooperation between the main airport’s stakeholders (airlines, airport, ground handling, ATC…) in order to improve the punctuality and service, external 3rd party apps, new huge and modern terminals, “intermodality”, smart cities & smart airports, green airports, etc, etc. All these concepts are overflying around our minds, some of them are becoming reality, other requires innovation and willingness to invest time and money. A few weeks ago in the presentation of my book, State of-the-Art of IT technologies applied to Airports (click here see the post about it and download it), the former Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), Miguel Angel Oleaga, share with us three simple and deep thoughts:

“Let’s share information! If we have data from all of our partners, we can manage the airport business processes having common information for everyone and for each one.”

“The information at your fingertips. Why do not explote it from our business intelligence view? Why do not achieve a customers’ total knowledge environment? Let’s get all their potential!”

“At Airports, I believe that we are ready for offering individualized services, but, is it not some that already the technologies offer in other life’s ambiences?”

To sum up, these three quotes are referred to: Information sharing, business intelligence and situational awareness and personalization.

This post is the first of initiatives in the fields of airport data modeling, APIs, etc. This is dedicated to ACRIS introduction, but I would like to deepen into some other related thoughts about the new Digital Level.

On the way of airport's business interoperability

On the way of airport’s business interoperability

On the State-of-the-Art Integration, BPM and CEP on Airports (Free Book in Spanish)

The past 6th of june, at the Aeronautics and Space College (EIAE) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. UPM (Spain), my book titled, “State of-the-Art of IT technologies applied to Airports”, published by Isdefewere presented (spanish language link) by:

  • Miguel Ángel Gómez Tierno. Director of the EIAE. UPM.
  • Miguel Ángel Oleaga Zufiria, the former Madrid-Barajas Airport (from 2001 to march 2013).
  • José Manuel Hesse Martín. Isdefe’s COO.
  • Francisco Quereda Rubio. Isdefe’s CEO.
  • Ángel Cepedano Beteta. Isdefe’s Transport and ICT Directorate Manager.

First of all, the book is published only in spanish. This is the portrait, representing the new Alicante airport’s terminal (ALC):

State-of-the-Art of the ICT Technologies applied to Airports. Author: Pedro Garcia Fernandez. Editor: Isdefe

State-of-the-Art of the ICT Technologies applied to Airports. Author: Pedro Garcia Fernandez. Editor: Isdefe

The book collects the experience, mine and of my Isdefe’s colleagues, in the application of integration technologies at airports. The main topcis are: SOA / ESB, information model, Integration project approach, airport procedures, competence centers, dashboards and the introduction of new technologies in the field of BPM and CEP. It is also intended for the Airport’s Managerial Staff for reducing the gap with the IT staff about the possibilities of the technology for delivering new services, reducing costs and for generating more revenues.

You can download a free PDF copy, but please continue reading.

On Mobile use at Commercial Aviation. An introduction.

[Article's update] This article was written at the beginning of 2013, so since the Personal Electronics Devices are allowed since 2014, I update this post with a new section at the end of it.

Few years ago I started a new university degree in Telecommunications, more than ten years after I finished Computer Sciences. As I’m mixing aviation and technology topics in this blog, I remembered few days ago that I did, in 2011, a brief writing about Mobile Communication at Aircraft (MCA onwards), and I would like to share with you now.

Mobile on planes

On the Aeriaa Airport Dashboard (part VI). Events Logger

Some days ago, a friend of mine, Ram, put me on the track of Splunk, I’ve never noticed it, so I downloaded it and at the first glance I knew it was perfect for the Logger component of the Dashboard’s architecture, let’s remember it (if you are new to this blog see the previous posts):

Aeriaa Dashboard Project - Logger

So, I put to test a little with it. Let see all after the jump.

On airports Mobile Apps (ANA Portugal) Tracking a flight

In the previous post about the beautiful ANA mobile App, I just simply shown some screen captures. This week, I downloaded the Aeroportos de Portugal iPhone App in order to focus in the flight tracking characteristics. This is my analysis.

ANA iPhone flight tracking

ANA iPhone flight tracking

On the Aeriaa Airport Dashboard (part V) – Time milestones.

Before processing thousands of events, scenarios, etc. for feeding the Dashboard, I would like to show the a dimension that put in context almost every event. The time dimension. Delays are the “Oh, no, a delay again, what was the captain reason this time?” The late arrival of the plane, air regulation over the airport…I heard once that the guilty factor was the “shamefulness of being part of an airline because the ramp handling staff were late….some other details were given by the captain and it was a gesture of honesty”. We, the passengers only concern about only time milestone, the scheduled departure time of our flight, and pray for not have a big delay, but there are always 10, 15 minutes of courtesy. In this post, you will see dozens of time milestones, that impact over all the punctuality process of the flight operation and consequently will be marked in the Dashboard we are defining in this blog (this is the part V of this series).

Airport timetable

On the origins of the Airline’s Electronic Reservations Systems. Iberia, Aviaco and IBM’s study (Part II)

In the first part of this series, I talked about the early steps taken by Aviaco and Iberia in order to  mechanize the reservations processes, one of these steps was an IBM study for collecting the basic requirements, model the basic data, tests the concept and make projections about the reservation’s business. This post is about this study, book a seat.

Reservations History

On the origins of the Airline’s Electronic Reservations Systems. A grandfather’s story (Part I)

This is the my grandfather’s story about the one of the first european airline’s electronic reservations systems.


Photo. UNIVAC 494

The beginning of this story took place in late 50′s, the local spanish airline Aviacion y Comercio (Aviaco, IATA:AO, ICAO:AYC) had two visionary workers Pepe Fernandez Monreal (my grandfather) and Rafael de la Torre. They wondered on how to manage the ungovernable manual reservation growth. This is the little story of their achievemt and it is also about the competition between IBM and UNIVAC computer makers. Please take your boarding pass.

Aviaco Boarding Pass

On the Aeriaa Airport Dashboard. (part IV) Events

It’s time to talk about the airport’s events, one of the more complex situation in the airport’s management is to monitorize the thousand of events that are fired every day and manage them in order to take decisions. Events as flights delays, long check-in lines, the time milestones of a fligh operation (I will talk about some of them soon), aircraft maintenance, refuelling, weather conditions, security and safety incidents, baggage processing phases, air navigation events, terminal comfort (illumination, heating…), etc, etc. If there is a place where the “butterfly effect” take place this is an airport. A simple event can raise delays not only in the airport, but it will cause delays in other networked airports. It’s familiar to you the Captain’s apologize. “We are sorry for the departure’s delay, it is caused due a ‘late’ arrival of the previous flight…” 

On Project Management and Joint Strike Fighter Program (and part III)

In the final article of the JSF posts series (Part I, Part II) I want to talk about (sorry this post is a little bit arid :) ):

  • Lessons learned and the positives risks of hte JSF competition program.
  • A few details of the ongoing F35 procurement plan, extracted of the US Congress’ Government Accountability Office (GAO) JSF Report issued on June 2012.
  • The software growth on the F35 program. And a little pill about the C++ coding guide for the aircraft computers.


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned by copyright.

On the Aeriaa Airport Dashboard (part III) – AODB and BHS

Following the Aeriaa Dashboard (see part I and part II), it’s time to talk about data sources, this includes systems that provide information for our Aeriaa Dashboard architecture. In the basic architecture diagram, shown in part II, you can see the Databases and Airport Systems components.

Aeriaa Airport Dashboard Architecture


Let’s put in context a couple of systems that we are going to use in our Dashboard.