Monique Heiligers obtained her M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 2002. She worked at the same university both as a researcher and as a lecturer on subjects as varied as Aircraft Performance, Flight Simulation and Test Flights with the Laboratory Aircraft.
In 2011, Monique published her thesis ‘Pilot task demand load during RNAV approaches’ and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering. The question that started this research was: “Why is approach A more difficult to fly for a pilot than approach B?”. To find an answer to this question, pilots flew a large variety of Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches during several flight simulator and real flight experiments. The results of these experiments resulted in seven guidelines for the design of approaches, all relating to the shape of the approach trajectory and the corresponding altitude and airspeed constraints. These guidelines bring approach difficulty down to acceptable levels for pilots.
Monique then worked at the Province of Zuid-Holland and the DCMR environmental protection agency, where she was responsible for the implementation of the new Aviation Act within the Province of Zuid-Holland. She has been Aviation programme manager since September 2011.