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

On the use of beacons at airports. A Star Wars Tribute.


On march, 2015 I attended to the Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE2015), and one the topics involved across all the thematics tracks was the beacons. Read about this and PTE2015 here: On depersonalizing the Passenger Experience –  A  PTE2015 summing-up. So, I wanted to test this technology, interact with it for creating a simple iOS application with a little basic functionality, and I also tried to reuse the DCS iPad App for getting some benefit. Let’s see what is this technology, why is so simple and powerful, why it is hot, etc. I put some photograms, with its original dialogues, of the Star Wars – Episode IV, this movie has some scenes that makes me think about some similarities with this specific beacon world, or I’ve just simply found an excuse for combining both worlds, who knows? :)

Be the beacon signal be with you. Credit: Disney (LucasFilms)

Be the beacon signal be with you. Credit: Disney (LucasFilms)

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 ( 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


On how planes are routed over the Atlantic Ocean


Some of my friends, family and colleagues ask me why a plane can be lost over the ocean without knowing its last position, as the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight disaster. Looking for documentation, I’ve ran across with this great video by NATS, the British Air Navigation Service Provider company, that shows how the commercial flights are routed over the Atlantic Ocean without radar, one of the main problems that explains, to the date, how we do not know an aircraft position in real time over the ocean.

This video is very illustrative about how a flight is managed in a no radar environment scenario based in the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area (OCA) and neighborhood areas, tactical route planning, what systems support the process, air space capacity optimization, safety procedures, risks management, emergency what-if scenarios, ATC/ANSPs coordination, pilot/ATC communication, etc.

Credit: NATS

Credit: NATS

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:

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


Berlin Military Aviation Museum

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For more info, please go to their website

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Deutsches Museum – Munich




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

Deutsches Museum

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

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Oberschleissheim Airfield:

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Opens Daily: 9:00-17:00

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Aeriaa Airport Dashboard. Controlling airport facilities, Jetways

In the last post of the airport’s systems mock-ups, we created the first steps of a DCS system for our airport, after the AODB and BHS, now, we change the scope to the airport’s facilities, a little SCADA system for monitoring the airport’s jetways (also known as Boarding bridges, Jetties, Air Bridges) status on an iPad App, this system will be another event producer for the Dashboard, and itself is a nice tool for operations and maintenance departments. In the tech part of the article, we are going to show how reusability boosts a global architecture system’s plan. We are going to take advantage of previous Web Services we exposed, the integration with MongoDB collections, and the look&feel designed in web apps (AODB and BHS). But, we are going to introduce a new technology for the Web APP, AngularJS, a very interesting front end framework.

Jetways demo aeriaa

Jetway iPad app Monitoring Mock-up. Credit:



These are the features of our new airport’s system mock-up:

  • Show the status of the main jetways and stand modules. 
    • Docking Guidance System (DGS). This system helps the pilot for identifying its stand assigned and the correct aircraft’s alignment and final position on the stand. I also shows practical information data for the pilot as time milestones.

Visual Docking Guiding System in Action. Credit:

Visual Docking Guiding System in Action. Credit:

GDS showing TSAT time. Credit: Zurich Airport

DGS showing TSAT time. Credit: Zurich Airport

    • 400Hz: this system provides electrical energy to the aircraft when the engines and APU shut down, the frequency is due the size of the aircraft’s module, its size allow to be smaller and lighter.

Ground Power Unit providing energy

Ground Power Unit providing energy

    • Air Conditioning (AA): this system provides fresh conditioned air when the aircraft is stationed.

Air Conditioning provided to an aircraft. Credit:

Air Conditioning provided to an aircraft. Credit:

    • Signals simulator for triggering the events on-off of each subsystem.
  • Look up the flights assigned to each jetway.
  • In the next version these features are expected:
    • Provides information to the Airport’s Dashboard, about jetways availability and alerts for specific flights.
    • More integration with the AODB for the resource’s assignment and events that overcomes new estimated time to departure (ETA) due turnaround affections (TOBT) and in-off block expected times. (IBK/OBK). Enlazar con post de tiempos.
    • Integration with an airport’s maintenance system.

In this case, as DCS, we’ve chose again an iPad App for implementing the main functionalities mentioned above and a Web App for implementing the signals simulator for the DGS, 400Hz and AA modules, as well the main jetway’s general status/availability.

Jetways giving service to an A380. Credit:

Jetways giving service to an A380. Credit:



As my budget is “limited” for acquiring a full electric, modular and fieldbus components, connectors/actuators, etc. I developed a web app that throws the signals. The main use of this app is to change the values for each jetway, each of them, and its modules, is represented in a table’s row. let’s see the main interface.

Jetways Web App simulator.

Jetways Web App simulator. Credit:

When we change any value, the web app and the backend executes the next actions:

  • Call a Web Service and report the new value in real time.
  • The backend receives the data and insert directly in a real time database.
  • So the data is served in real time and the iPad App can have the data updated at any time.

Let’s see the meat of this (techie part of the article), as we said above, I developed the web app using AngularJS, a great frontend framework that gives me a perfect modularity for creating web components and the glue for combining them. So, when I changed a value this part of the web app (named controller) reacts to the change.

Changing values in the simulator. Credit:

Changing values in the simulator. Credit:

Toggle Button component. Credit:

Toggle Button component. Credit:

App directive for the Toggle Button. Credit:

App directive for the Toggle Button. Credit:

With this event we directly call the Web Service and pass the data.

Calling the Web Service for updating the jetway data. Credit:

Calling the Web Service for updating the jetway data. Credit:

In the backend, developed with NodeJS and reusing the previous code’s snippets of the AODB, BHS and DCS mockups, we are listening a new call with this data and insert it directly in a MongoDB collection.

Web Services defined in NodeJS Backend. Credit:

Web Services defined in NodeJS Backend. Credit:

Jetway data on MongoDB collection. Credit:

Jetway data on MongoDB collection. Credit:

And that’s all.


In this version, the app, retrieves information about the jetway’s status and the assigned flights to them. This how the app does it:

When the user clicks on any of the jetties, the app requests the info to a Web Service, in the same NodeJS’ backend where the simulator sends the data in real time. The data returned has the jetways status and the flights assigned to it.

When the user clicks on a jetway, the app request the data to the backend. Credit:

When the user clicks on a jetway, the app request the data to the backend. Credit:

Data returned after the user's action. Credit:

Data returned after the user’s action. Credit:


One video worths one thousand words. Enjoy the full demo in the following video, remember that aeriaA has a Youtube channel, please visit it and its playlists. Disclaimer: the app design is very alpha, do not complaint about it :)

For better visualization, please, maximize the video or visualize it at youtube. It also has nice music.

For more info:

Docking Guidance System explanation by Zurich Airport (PDF): Aircraft Docking Guidance System

Docking Guidance System at Wikipedia:

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On depersonalizing the Passenger Experience

Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) 2015 took place on 10-12 March in Paris, this year I had the privilege of attending to PTE. One of the topic conference’s mainstream was Customer Service & Passenger Experience. The several visions and approaches I’ve seen, from the airport industry, will guide the following post’s content.

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!




On an Airport Dream

This post is unusual here, but it is the overcome of an IT project in Gran Canaria Airport’s north expansion. During June and July of 2014 I worked on the final systems testings and Commissioning of the North Expansion of Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), this project marked my 10th Airport’s new Terminal, or expansion, project of my career. So I decided to make a little movie about the beauty of our engineering job, having a new airport’s facility ready for operation is a great satisfaction. This movie was recorded in little rest times we had, with my iPhone 4S, improvising takes and using any architectural element as a tripod. Of course I would like to mention my mates in this project, Ángel, Roberto y Javi, and the amazing local IT staff, led by Julio, Víctor and Antonio.

In the recent years, this movie represents the third product of these years working on airport’s systems integration and Commissioning, the second one is my book edited by the company I work for, Isdefe, about the airport’s systems integration, airport’s processes, dashboards and complex events processing. You can see more about the book in this link, it is free downloadable. The third one, is the personal project I’m developing for showing the technologies and airport’s processes for building an Airport’s Dashboard, you can see the articles published about it in the following links. Airport’s Dashboard Project Articles and Project’s introduction.

You can also follow me at:

LinkedIn: Pedro García

Twitter: @aeriaablog

Facebook: aeriaA in Facebook

Youtube: aeriaA in Youtube

I hope you like the movie. (Turn on the HD on the lower right gear icon and watch it in full screen’s mode).


Other great movies:

On why we are #AvGeeks.

On why we are #AvGeeks Part II.

On why we are #AvGeeks Part III.


On the Airbus Perlan Mission II


Aviation had always a mandatory adventure component. Since its inception, before Flyer took off in 1903, adventure, challenge and epic has been associated to the magic of flying. The riskiest first years of flying, Blériot, Fokker, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the two World Wars, spanish Plus-Ultra, the golden commercial age, the Constellation, the X-planes, Kelly Johnson, Tupolev, Mikoyan Gurevich, McDonnel Douglas, the 747, the Concorde, A380, TWA-PanAm, Stealth planes, Airbus/Boeing, SkunkWorks, SR-71, etc. are history forever. But in the 21st century flying is just another mean of transport, new programmes as 787 or A350, F35, military contracts, A400 and manufacturers trying to get some Airbus/Boeing market share. Do we still have any adventure to see? I hope so, this is what the Airbus Perlan Mission II is trying to achieve, new challenges with the basic way of flying, soaring with a glider. A plane trying to get higher than any other manned aircraft has ever flown and without engines, just wind. Do you remember Red Bull Stratos Jump and Felix Baumgartner or the recent jump of Google VP Alan Eustace? Like them, this is another epic project.

Airbus Perlan Project II


We had the privilege of making an interview to two members of this project. Soar with us and start this amazing adventure!

On the new Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de Mexico AICM


Absolutely inspired by the official’s video project of the new AICM, I remembered the project’s magnitudes of Adolfo Suarez-Madrid Barajas Terminal 4 and Terminal 4S building (opened in 2006) this is one of the projects that if you are lucky to be part of, as I was in MAD airport. You’ll be absolutely sure that your little humble contribution will be one of the highest milestone of your career. This is the opportunity for creating new ways of air transportation rules supported with new technologies and passenger-centered experience focus.

New AICM projected for 2018. Image Credit Foster+Partners

New AICM projected for 2018. Image Credit Foster+Partners

The measures

Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) has won the international competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport. It will have 555.000 square metres, it will be one of the world’s largest airports, starting with a single terminal, X-shaped as Mexico central letter, and 4 runways, prepared to have up to 6 runways. The opening is scheduled for 2018, when it will have capacity for 30 millions of passengers.

New AICM Terminal projected for 2018. Image Credit Foster+Partners

New AICM Terminal projected for 2018. Image Credit Foster+Partners

Will it be new technologies supporting and disrupting the previous state-of-the-art techs?

Related to IT issues, the architect says that all the services and pipeline will be under the terminal floor. The design and deployment of a wide IP network with this terminal shape is really a challenging project, the datacenters and systems that will operate and support all the airport processes should be aligned with the new design and a new way of airport’s operations. It should have three key objectives:

  • Satisfy the Passenger Experience, when will we have the good feeling of the airport experience? I’m not talking about shopping, I’m talking about the experience of fly and travel, no matter business or tourism, it is a paradox that one of the great enablers of the XX and XXI economic booster, aviation, it came one of the pains and stressful experience of any trip.
  • Set the roots of a real open data information for delivering inside and outside services that could be benefit all the society. There is always good words about the “social compromise” with the airport’s surroundings, the urban development, etc. Let’s include the new digital and disruptive society’s layer, which are changing the way we are structuring, give the opportunity of integrate information with open APIs. The society will find new ways of interaction with the airport and the airport itself should be benefit of it.
  • The airport as a Hub-Spoke data enabling the its main stakeholders operations (airlines, retail, public transportation, ATC, AOC, etc) and outside stakeholders as other networks airports, ATM/NMOC, Meteo, etc., etc. Projects as SESAR, NextGen, new XML languages as FIXM, AIXM, Digital NOTAMs, A-CDM, e-Everything, IATA’s PaxEx works, etc. should have an eye in this new airport as an inspiration and test some of their concepts, products and services in their long life they are facing.

The video

This is the promotional video about the project. I hope you like it and make you thought about the future of air transportation.


You can also follow me at:

Twitter @aeriaablog or

LinkedIn Personal profile

LinkedIn aeriaA Page


For more info:

Aeropuerto Internacional de Mexico



Fernando Romero Enterprises

aeriaA’s very very serious researches. (Improving Pax Experience)

Steve jobs airports IT

On why we are #AvGeeks 3

Following the series of On Why we are #AvGeeks today I bring you three very different videos.

The first one, a video  ”I can’t wait to 2015 for watching it”. The Invisible Highway. Narrated by Harrison Ford, directed by Brian J. Terwilliger

Aviation: The Invisible Highway (Trailer #1) from Aviation: The Invisible Highway on Vimeo.

The second one about the Oceanic Control Areas between North America and Europe. More than 2000 flights per day cross this areas. The video is produced by the Air Navigation Service Provider, NATS.

And finally, the third one is about a great spanish legacy aviation foundation. Fundación Infante de Orleans. The video is produced by


Remember that we have a Youtube channel with a lot of videos about several aviation topics.

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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

ACI Training



Airports Council International (ACI) offers high quality comprehensive training solutions through accreditation programmes, certifications, in-house training courses and E-learning.

aeriaA cooperates with ACI in promoting their world leading global training programmes.

In this page you can view the training offered by ACI. The contents are grouped by topic, please select the topic for displaying the available courses.

The following courses are updated with the information scheduled by ACI for 2014. However visit the official 2014 ACI Training website for more details about dates and locations, you will find there the latest courses available. This content is approved by ACI.

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ACI Diploma Programmes


Airport Executive Leadership Programme (AELP)
This programme fosters the development of strategic management skills, preparing individually selected candidates to handle senior-level executive responsibilities and creating a network of future airport industry leaders. The programme consists of a three-week distance learning module, one week of face-to-face training, and a four-week distance learning module. AELP can be taken as an AMPAP Elective.


Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP)
AMPAP is a programme jointly developed by ACI and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). AMPAP is the world’s only course-based accreditation programme for airport executives delivered both face-to-face and online. All individuals who occupy a management position within a civil airport organization are eligible to apply. For airport management professionals, the IAP designation is the global standard of excellence. It consists of four mandatory and two elective courses, which must be completed within a three-year period. 


Global Safety Network (GSN) Diploma Programme
The Global Safety Network (GSN) Diploma Programme consists of six specialized courses on airport safety, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of airside operations and safety managers, including developing, implementing and operating effective Safety Management Systems (SMS) at their airports. Each GSN course may be taken as a stand-alone professional certificate course or combined with the other GSN courses to achieve the ACI GSN Diploma.

•GSN 1 – Safety Management Systems (SMS)

•GSN 2 – Airside Safety and Operations

•GSN 3 – Emergency Planning and Crisis Management

•GSN 4 – Working with Annex 14

•GSN 5 – Advanced Safety Management Systems

•GSN 6 – Aerodrome Auditing and Compliance


Airport Operations Diploma Programme (AODP)
The Airport Operations Diploma Programme is designed to expose participants to all the facets of activities associated with an airport – from airside operations and landside to terminal operations – and equip them with key knowledge and tools necessary to proactively address the essential operational and business needs of 21st century airports.

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The ACI GT Professional Certificate Courses consist of a full range of professional courses covering every possible airport-related topic and are designed to enhance the competencies of airport personnel from entry through to management levels. Related topics include:
Safety is the number one priority for ACI, airports and the entire aviation community. Our core functional expertise is dedicated to safety. Our safety training portfolio provides airport safety professionals and aviation executives with the knowledge needed to ensure their airport operations are safe for their customers and employees. The ACI Global Training Certificate specialized courses also include safety courses offered under the ACI Global Safety Network (GSN) Programme.
Security is critical in the development, management and operation of the world’s airports. ACI takes a very active role in lobbying and working with regulatory authorities helping to shape regulations and ensuring that changes in security are communicated to airport authorities. This expertise is extended to our security training courses.
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Airports continue to develop new business models and invest capital in order to meet the needs of a burgeoning aviation industry. Airports have evolved from being government infrastructure providers into sophisticated business-oriented service providers. This requires airport managers and staff to increase their skills in the areas of commercial management and economic development.
Airports are very much part of the communities within which they operate. Reducing their impact on the environment is a major focus for many airports around the world. While much of the current attention is on climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, it is just one of a number of areas in which airports and the rest of the aviation industry are active when it comes to the environment.
Management and Technical
ACI offers a wide range of courses in airport management and operations which may be taken as independent classes, part of a certificate programme or as a global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Elective.

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Operational and Regulatory Courses
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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.