21 March 2022

Webinar Young NAG about drones

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On March 17th Young NAG’s first webinar of this year took place with an attendance of about 50 people. The theme of the session was drones.

The meeting was opened with an introduction by Vincent de Haes, member of the board of Young NAG and Junior Sustainable Innovation Consultant at To70.

Three interesting presentations were given on different perspectives of the drone sector:

Wiebe de Jager, Founder, provided a good overview of the developments of drones in the Netherlands and introduced the laws and regulations that are applicable to drone operation.

Michael Sprehe explained how drones are used for automated visual aircraft inspections. He shared interesting insights on “The story of Mainblades”.

Frits Groen, teacher drone engineering & operations and Edwin van der Hee, teacher ICT, shared their insights and thoughts on maintenance of drones. An important aspect here was the certification of different drone types.

During the presentation of Mainblades a live demo was given of a visual inspection by Mainblades of a KLM airplane. By showing the drone live in operation with a live feed of the drone’s camera on the ground, our participants could see first-hand how drones can contribute to current aircraft maintenance activities.

The meeting ended with a panel discussion, where participants could ask their questions and share their thoughts. Aspects such as collaboration between different stakeholders and public acceptance of drone operations were discussed. It was very interesting to hear the perspectives of the different presenters and learn how the Dutch aviation sector can work together to strengthen one another.