The Knowledge & Development Centre (KDC) and Boeing are extending a cooperative agreement to develop solutions for sustainable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. Together they initiate projects to develop a new environmentally friendly operational concept for Schiphol reducing noise nuisance, air pollution, emissions and wasted fossil fuel. The KDC is a joint foundation that includes KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) and Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL). Officials from Boeing and the KDC signed a renewed three-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) during the World ATM Congress on March 5, 2014.


On the 16th of November, the KDC organised the ATM Knowledge & Development Event 2010 at the Schiphol Group headquarters. With approximately 120 participants, inspiring presentations and great atmosphere the event was a great success.

The theme this year was ‘Collaborative Innovation: Real progress or waste of money?’. Important figures in Dutch and European aviation, such as Patrick Ky (SESAR JU), luitenant-generaal Jac Jansen (Royal Dutch Air Force), Hans Alders (Alders tables) and Jeroen Fukken (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), gave their vision on this theme, led by chairwoman Wouke van Scherrenburg.

Short impression of the KDC-symposium 'The innovation challenge of Schiphol'

The Innovation Relay 2009On the 4th and 5th of November the Innovation Relay 2009 (formerly the Day of Maarssen) took place at Airbase Valkenburg. The theme of these days was, just as in 2005 and 2007, innovative developments in construction, logistics, aviation, water and traffic & transport. KDC supported the Innovation Relay with several stands in the aviation pavilion and a workshop about the SARA project.
The highlight was a demonstration for the Minister of Transport, Mr. Eurlings about the development of Continuous Descent Approaches (CDA’s) that forms an important part of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Aviation.

Theo van de Ven receives KDC Innovation Award 2008On Monday June 8th 2008, Mr. Theo van de Ven, Sr. Manager Strategy and Charges received the first Innovation Leadership Award. The board of the Knowledge Development Centre Mainport Schiphol, praised him for his important contribution to the Mainport Schiphol and the way he has distinguished himself through dedication, leadership and creativity.