Category Archives: Technology

Canard Drones – Beyond a disruptive platform for safety

In June 2015, I received a call from a friend of mine and started to ask me questions about who should be interested in my spanish contacts about Safety operations, I vaguely remembered to give tow or three names well-known in our sector not helping too much to my friend, but my friend never asks without a clever reason, never, so I asked him, why? He told me “maybe you would like to meet a person and speak about his project and you could post an article in your website”. This kind of offer I never deny, so he introduced us in a simple email. We met for lunch some days after.

Canard Drones' Logo

Canard Drones’ Logo

Air talk with Antonio Castro CEO of MASDIMA. Managing Airline Ops Disruptions

 

It is pleasure for me introducing you a person and his project, with other two mates, about the disruption management in airlines (and probably applied to other means of transport), it is a pleasure because this project borns from the university (or college) from the research activity.

Antonio Castro was born in 1965 in Porto, Portugal and studied at Porto Polytechnic Engineering Institute where he got his degree in Information Systems Engineering in 1997. In 2007 he got his Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto and the Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the same institution in 2013. Additionally, he has a postgraduate course in Air Transport Operations from ISEC in 2008

Antonio works for TAP Portugal since 1990 and currently he is a Board Advisor for IT/IS projects and responsible for projects related with airline operations control.

Antonio is also Co-founder and CEO of MASDIMA (www.masdima.com) a start-up company created together with two other colleagues, from the research made during his Ph.D. where a Multi-Agent System for Disruption Management applied to Airline Operations Control was proposed, that includes the passenger point of view in the Irregular Operations Management Process (IROPS)

Antonio Castro CEO MASDIMA

Antonio Castro. CEO of MASDIMA

 

Aeriaa Airport Dashboard. Creating the DCS (I)

In this article we are going to show you the first real combination of three airport systems, the AODB, the BHS and the Departure Control System (DCS). We built the first AODB and BHS functionalities in these articles AODB part I and BHS part I. First we’ll sum up the main functionalities of the AODB and BHS, then we’ll show the a few new functionalities on them for the DCS integration and finally we’ll show the DCS mockup developed for iOS platform in order to test new technologies and how they combine with the other we are using in these article’s series.

Boarding Card issued by our DCS mockup in iOS

Boarding Card issued by our DCS mockup in iOS

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 the potential of Biofuels

 

It is a pleasure to welcome the first external collaborator of aeriaa.com Rui Carapeto, economist, university professor and independent consultant. He is also an Ultralight aircraft pilot. As Rui, if you want to send us articles related to aviation’s technologies, please send them to info [at] aeriaa.com.

Environmental issues have become a major topic of concern to the commercial aviation industry. Aviation is a global industry with global issues and challenges that require global solutions. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that commercial aviation will grow by 5% per year up to 2030, exceeding the expected efficiency gains in fuel consumption and operation of aircraft in approximately 3%. This means an increased growth of the carbon emissions resulting from the fuel consumption in aviation over the next two decades.

KLM Boeing 777 with Biofuel

KLM Boeing 777 with Biofuel

Aeriaa Airport Dashboard. Creating the AODB (I)

 

Following the aeriaA Airport Dashboard Project series, in this post we will build a little Airport Operational DataBase (AODB) system for our Dashboard’s architecture. This post is mixed oriented, it is a  little introduction of an AODB and a little introduction of the technologies used for building it.

The AODB is one of the central part of the whole project. We simplified a lot the AODB’s features, it is not the intention to build a real one, these are the main features:

  • Manage the Departures Flights of our Aeriaa International Airport.  We can create, update and delete departures flights (We will develop the arrivals flight later).
  • The frontend is a website application. We’ll try in the the future a smartphone app (step by step).
  • The flight’s attributes at the first data model are (alphabetically ordered):
    • AOBT. Actual Off-Blocks Time. It is the time when the fight is ready, doors closed, jetway decoupled, and the towbear available for the push-back.
    • ASAT. Actual Start-Up Approval Time. It is the real time when the flight has the approval for start the engines.
    • Aircraft. The aircraft model.
    • Company. The airline company.
    • Counter. The designated counters for the flight.
    • Destination.
    • ETD. Estimated Time for Departure.
    • Flight. It is the fight’s code.
    • Gate. The gate assigned for the flight.
    • ICAO. Company’s ICAO code.
    • STD. Scheduled Time for Departure.
    • TOBT. Target Off-Block Time. It is the target time for the Off-Blocks Time (see AOBT)
    • TSAT. Target Start Up ApprovalTime. See ASAT.
  • We included some time’s milestones (TOBT, TSAT, AOBT, ASAT) related to A-CDM philosophy in order to approach the AODB to this new work collaboration paradigm. There just a few of the huge times complexity of A-CDM. You can find a big list of time milestones here www.aeriaa.com/on-the-aeriaa-airport-dashboard-part-v-time-milestones/
  • Billing the services provided by the airport or ground handler that the airline must pay. The services could be the push-back service, the jetways, follow me car, baggage handling, counters, etc.

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Building our AODB System mock-up. Image Credit: Pedro Garcia

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 www.isdefe.es

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

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.

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 about.me) 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.

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

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.

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.

UNIVAC 494

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…”