Hogeschool van Amsterdam

High diversity in 9th edition Aviation Knowledge and Career Day

18 jan 2016 15:28 | Kenniscentrum Techniek

The 9th Aviation Knowledge and Career Day (AKCD) took place on the 12th of December 2015 at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and offered a highly variable program for all the 300+ attendees.

The AKCD was kicked off with a short note by program manager and initiator Pieter Voeten who presented this year’s theme: Out of the box. "Great to see so many people with a passion for aviation on their free Saturday" – started Mr. Voeten his speech.

The AKCD is made up of six pillars: Aircraft manufacturers, Flight operations, ATC, Maintenance engines & Avionics, CRM / Human Factors and Defense. Based on the six pillars we have built a high quality program. Lectures and workshops were given by 28 speakers.

The first keynote speaker, Commodore Onno Eichelsheim, Director of Operations at the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) explained to the attendees how the RNLAF is innovating. Employees get more opportunity to try out new ideas and improve their daily activities. All the internal process improvements help the RNLAF to become more cost efficient and reliable.
Three other employees of the Dutch Air Force were presenting during the day. They talked about the differences between the F-35 fighter jet and the current fighter jet of the RNLAF, the F-16. Furthermore a Chinook helicopter captain explained his experiences during the UN Freedom mission "Minusma" in Mali, Africa.

Albert van Veen, the CIO of Schiphol Airport, was the second keynote speaker of the morning. He started with a strong statement: Schiphol aims to become the world’s most digital airport by 2018. He pointed out how an airport can learn from other industries such as banks about cyber security and digital customer service. Smartphone applications could play a key role in digitalising and improving the customer experience at airports with use of open data.

Boeing has been representing itself during all the 9 editions of the AKCD. This time Maarten Kluit, the sales director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes gave a speech on the unmatched efficiency of the Boeing 787 aircraft. The audience gained insights about the production of this aircraft and the benefits for customers flying with it.

Steffen Kaspers, PhD student at the Aviation Academy, presented his first findings on literature research about developing metrics for safety management systems. He conducts this research as part of the project " Measuring safety in Aviation", which aims to help small and medium sized companies in the aviation industry to determine the safety of their operations without the benefit of large amounts of safety relevant data.

At last, the closing keynote session contained multiple presentations of the NLF award winning students of Dutch aviation universities. These presentations opened an interesting window to the highly innovating environment that the aviation industry is currently in, such as airport simulations, hybrid multifunctional fibres for next generation aircrafts and lightweight rockets.

All in all, the 9th AKCD was another successful event for aviation students and professionals, with divers and high level of presentations. Geert Boosten, Director of Education (Aviation Academy) already announced the 10 th edition of the AKCD. See you on the 10th of December 2016!