Category Archives: Aviation

Berlin Military Aviation Museum

 

 

Berlin Military aviation Museum

The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History. Like its parent agency in Dresden, it does not see itself primarily as a museum of technical history, but rather as a modern museum of cultural history.

The Museum in Dresden tells a general cultural history of violence, whereas the Berlin Museum focuses on aerial warfare as the most recent development in the military use of force. (Source text: http://www.mhm-gatow.de/en/the-museum)

It is opened on: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00

Where:

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Berlin Military Aviation Museum

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Berlin Military Aviation Museum 52.472321, 13.127378

Contact:

For more info, please go to their website http://www.mhm-gatow.de/en/the-museum-engl

Photos (Credit www.mhm-gatow.de)

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Deutsches Museum – Munich

 

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The Deutsches Museum presents another important part of its collections at Oberschleissheim Airfield in the north of Munich, close to the old Bavarian palace buildings. The airfield and its historic buildings were constructed between 1912 and 1919 by the Königlich-Bayerische Fliegertruppen (Royal Bavarian Flying Corps). In the early 1990s the historic maintenance hangar was restored and enlarged with a new exhibition hall and a restoration workshop. The Flugwerft Schleissheim complements the big aerospace exhibitions in the main museum in Munich. Source text: Deutsches Museum.

This Museum has two main locations:

Munich Museumsinsel, Museumsinsel 1 80538 München

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Deutsches Museum

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Deutsches Museum 48.131064, 11.584457

Oberschleissheim Airfield, Ferdinand-Schulz-Allee 85764, Oberschleißheim, Germany

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Oberschleissheim Airfield

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Oberschleissheim Airfield 48.243056, 11.552481

Contact:

Oberschleissheim Airfield: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/flugwerft/

Munich Museumsinsel: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/information/visitor-information/

Opens Daily: 9:00-17:00

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On the use of Google Glass in Pilot Training

 

On 5th of march 2014, the spanish Flight Training School Adventia European College of Aeronautics flew for the first time in aviation a flight with two pilots wearing Google Glasses. It is the first time of this kind of milestone. This flight has been scheduled for the Pilot Innovation Day and in the workshops “Innovation in the Cockpit” organized by Adventia (Salamanca University Partner). This experience takes part of the research in the application of electronic devices in the aircraft’s cabin, after several new devices analysis, Adventia chose Google Glass for researching its capabilities in the air navigation field so as to improve the training quality of the future pilots.

Google Glass is a wearable device that has a camera, GPS, bluetooth, microphone and a little screen, this device can inform the user in real time issues.

Google Glass in Aviation Training

Google Glass in Aviation Training

On why we are #AvGeeks 2

 

The first post of this series was an absolutely good surprise. But the video I’ve seen today reflects the same feelings of aviation’s passion, the power of the engineering and the nature together and the eye of a real master producing aviation’s videos. The author is www.rueschproductions.com They defined this as Aviation Cinematography (Spotters it’s time to update!) You can also view their Youtube channel for more amazing videos (www.youtube.com/user/AndyRuesch) and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/rueschproductions

I hope you like it. (Turn on the HD definition in the gear’s icon)

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Aerodrome Lelystad

Lelystad Museum Aerodrome

Name: AVIODROME LELYSTAD AIRPORT.

Type: Museum.

Website: www.aviodrome.nl

Contact:

Price: from 14.5€ to 16.5€. For recent fees: www.aviodrome.nl/tickets

Where: Pelikaanweg 50
8218 PG Luchthaven Lelystad (Holland)

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Lelystad Aerodrome

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Lelystad Aerodrome 52.457243, 5.529487

Kids Friendly: absolutely, very nice planes and educational activities, simulators, radio room, 4D cinema, game zones, etc.

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Images Credit: www.aviodrome.nl

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

Museo del Aire

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Name: Museo del Ejército del Aire. Museo de la aeronáutica y astronáutica.

Type: Museum.

Website: www.ejercitodelaire.mde.es

Contact:

  • email museodelaire@ea.mde.es
  • phone:  91 509 16 90

Price: FREE.

Where: Carretera de Extremadura, Km 10,500 28024 Madrid

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Museo de la aeronáutica y astronáutica

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Museo de la aeronáutica y astronáutica 40.365399, -3.803175

Kids Friendly: absolutely, very nice planes and educational activities, about 1.000 airplanes models.

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Images credits: www.museodelaire.com, www.anotacionesviajeras.com, Museo del Aire.

Science Museum London

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Name: Science Museum London

Type: Museum.

Website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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Price: FREE.

Where: Exhibition Rd, London, Greater London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom

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Science Museum London 51.497809, -0.174524

Kids Friendly: absolutely, a lot of exhibitions and activities, cinema 3D, RAF’s Red Arrows experience, simulators… it has recreative zones, a nice place for having a meal and a great shop (keep your wallets!).

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RAF Museum London

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 Name: Royal Airforce Museum London

Type: Museum.

Website: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

Contact:

Price: FREE.

Where: Grahame Park Way, London, Great London NW9, United Kingdom.

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RAF Museum London

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RAF Museum London 51.597844, -0.238091

Kids Friendly: absolutely, it has recreative zones, a nice place for having a meal, they can get into some planes and take the controls.

Comments: if you go by the Northern Line, it is about 10 minutes walking from the Underground station to the Museum.

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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.

Pentagon to cut the F35 operating costs

According to a report written by Reuters, the Pentagon is cutting the operating costs of the F35 more than 20%. This could potentially increase the international orders and get a breath to the JSF program that had suffered a lot of controversial. In the case of the F35B version, the amount of estimated cost per hour of operation was calculated to 41.000$ and it would be reduced to 37.000$.

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Lockheed Martin F35

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.

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Lockheed Martin D21 Drone on SR71 mothership. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_D-21

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.

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.

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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 beginning of Stealth planes. From Cold War to Iraq

I’ve been reading a book of the Skunk Works (Lockheed Martin’s Advance Development Programs) history, and the story about the beginning of the stealth planes trapped me. This is a tale about spying, project management, applied science, military visionaries, processes improvement, politics and the most famous war night broadcasted on TV.

B2 and F117 stealth planes

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.

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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