“We shall promote future officers´commitment to service, spirit of sacrifice, sense of honor, military discipline, desire for personal improvement, as well as their sense of military camaraderie and cooperation with all branches of the Spanish Armed Forces”.
Founding decree of the Spanish Air Force Academy , 1943.
The AGA's mission is to train and prepare officer candidates for their future career as Air Force Officers.
In the field of military education and training, the Spanish Air Force Academy is responsible for imparting:
Military training of the General Corps
Military training of the Quartermaster Corps and Engineers.
Technical or specialty training required for access to the Quartermaster Corps.
Military training for the Common Corps of the Spanish Armed Forces, among others it includes medical and legal specialists.
The military education system is integrated with the National education system and provides students with training for the incorporation to their respective specialties. In addition, General Corps officer cadets earn a commission as lieutenants in the Air Force and are awarded the degree of Industrial Organization Engineering.
As members of the Profession of Arms, Spanish Air Force Officers have the following qualities:
Professional competence to take part in military operations
Spanish Air Force leaders
Models of Spain´s core military values
Passionate vocation of service to Spain
Purpose of Aeronautical Training:
To train qualified military professionals
To train officers so that they are qualified to enter each field of expertise in the Spanish Air Force
Miguel Ivorra RUIZ
Colonel Miguel Ivorra Ruiz is the Director of the Spanish Air Force Academy, San Javier Air Base, Spain. The Spanish Air Force Academy is Spain’s exclusive and only commissioning source for Spanish Air Force Officers.
Colonel Ivorra earned his commission in 1987, as valedictorian of the 39th graduating class of the Spanish Air Force Academy.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft. He has flown and led combat and combat support missions in multiple theaters and operations. As an exchange officer with the US Navy, F-18 pilot and instructor stationed at Lemoore, California. He was the first Spanish Air Force pilot to land on an aircraft carrier (USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72). He flew 58 sorties from Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation JOINT GUARD/JOINT FORGE/JOINT GUARDIAN in the Balkan Conflict (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo) for which he was recognized for valour. He served over 400 days in the AOR in support of ISAF (Afghanistan), JOINT GUARD/JOINT FORGE/JOINT GUARDIAN (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo), and Operation Libre Hidalgo (Lebanon). He participated in Operation “Determined Falcon” as squadron leader of Aerial Defense during the show of force to President Milosevic of the Republic of Serbia. He also served as the Spanish delegate in the CAOC at Vicenza, Italy, during the Kosovo conflict. He has commanded multiple war and peacetime units including Group Commander, Advanced Air Group at Qala-i-Naw (ASPFOR XXXIII) in Afghanistan, and Chief of Air Expeditionary Group RED FLAG 2016, comprised of 8 EF-18, 2 refuelling KC-130 Hercules and 198 members.
In addition, the colonel has held staff assignments at every level to include major command, national defense headquarters, and NATO joint staff. At Headquarters Air Combat Command, he was Chief of A3/A5 Plans and Operations Division. His distinguished career includes time served as staff on the J3 Operations at the Joint Operations Command, as a staff officer at NATO HQ Operations Division in Brussels, Netherlands, and as a technical advisor to the Spanish Defense Secretary, Madrid.
The curricula corresponding to the teaching of training that are taught at the Spanish Air Force Academy, according to the following criteria:
Provide the training and specialization required for incorporation to each corps and scale.
To facilitate the obtaining of titles of the National Education System
To guarantee the complete human formation and the full development of the personality.
Promote constitutional principles and values, contemplating the cultural plurality of Spain.
To ensure the knowledge of the Spanish Armed Forces missions defined in the Constitution and the Organic Law of the National Defense.
Promote their values and rules of military behavior.
Develop in the student capacities to take on the knowledge process and to adapt to its evolution.
The curricula are designed to weigh the professional needs in the areas of human, physical, military, technical, and the necessary qualifications of the degree. These plans are developed through compulsory and selective subjects, so that the student can initiate the free development of the student
Law 39/2007 of the military career establishes among other reforms, a new model of military education that contemplates the creation of the University Centers of the Defense (CUD) with the purpose of imparting, among others, the teachings of the qualifications University graduates. In the case of the CUD located in the AGA, the curricula are provided to obtain the degree of Industrial Organization Engineering.
The teaching of flight in the Spanish Air Force Academy, is composed mainly of theoretical and theoretical-practical subjects that are taught throughout the training of the students.
The contents of the subjects and the phases of teaching in flight conform to the requirements of the Air Force and to the JAR-FCL and JAR-OPS regulations of Civil aviation
Flight teaching is divided into three main phases:
Phase I (Selective-Elementary) 791 Squadron (3rd course)
Phase II (Basic) 793 Squadron (4th course)
Phase III (advanced) Fighter and Attack School, Transport School or Helicopters School (5th course)
In 1993 the European Air Chiefs Conference (EURAC) was established with the main objective finding new methods of study and co-operation among European Air Forces – within and out of NATO. In this context a considerable importance has been given for a common vision in the ways of education and formation of future officers
Consequently the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) Commanders’ Conference has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training.
EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training.
The (EUAFA) Commandants’ Conference comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the following European countries:
The members of the conference annually elect a Chairman, who is responsible for the preparation of the meetings and who acts as Point of Contact (POC) for all members.
The Chairman, who is appointed for one year for the period between two Commandants’ Conferences, is the Commandant (or his representative) of the Academy that is designated to host the conference at the end of his term.
Experts’ Working Group
In order to find common elements within the syllabi of the EUAFAs a Working Group was established in 1998. The ultimate goal was to identify portions of the individual training and education programs that might be suitable for common training and/or mutual exchanges
The EUAFA Working Group is responsible for the following tasks: view the member nations syllabi and focus on common fields within which to provide a basis for future co-operation in training and cadet exchanges; gather, update and disseminate the Databank (available at the website, and updated by the appropriate Working Group member) containing:
An overview of educational systems.
The structure organisational diagram of each participating country.
The educational syllabus of each academy.
The pilot education, training and timeframes in each academy.
In order to achieve a better understanding regarding main areas of training in each country’s officer training syllabus and from which common areas of interest could be found:
Discuss and prepare agenda items for the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
Present the findings of the Working Group Meeting including proposals for future activities to the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference