KDC

Batch February 2018

Bas Broekstra is a 21 year old, fourth year aviation operations student. He lives in Amsterdam, enjoys movies, going out and travelling. Currently, Bas is a research graduate in the field of ATM system capacity at the KDC Centre of Excellence. The KDC CoE aims to clarify the current problems at Mainport Schiphol and consequently find valuable and innovative solutions to provide Mainport Schiphol with a sustainable future development. Bas is researching how special events (e.g. Tour de France, Sail 2015 etc.) impact the airspace capacity. The aim of the research is to provide better insight in the impact of special events, in order to improve the awareness in preparing for future events. This graduation thesis is the final stage of his study, Aviation Logistics.

Marc Eijkens is fourth year Aviation Engineering student from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. After finishing his internship with Fokker Services, during which he was involved in developing a recommended Flight Crew Training manual, he specialized in Flight Operations Engineering. Throughout his specialization he focused on aircraft performance and route design, development and optimization through informed search algorithms. For his graduation thesis he will be analysing the benefits of optimized hand-over conditions between centres, sectors, and aviation stakeholders. Air traffic controllers try to manage traffic as efficient as they can within their limited area of responsibility. However, these areas of responsibility have become smaller and smaller, resulting in less time to manage air traffic in the most optimal way. Optimizing airborne traffic across sector and centre borders will have significant impact in terms of airspace capacity, controller workload and flight safety. These initial optimization steps are instrumental for the transition to Trajectory Based Operations. Graduating at KDC Mainport is a unique opportunity to further increase his knowledge and interest in Air Traffic Management.

Megan Heijke is an ambitious and hard-working student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The last few years she developed a passion for the aviation industry during her study at the Aviation Academy. At the Aviation Academy, she specialized in “Aviation Operations”, what brought her to an internship at KLM Ground Services where she focused on the digitalization of procedures. After that she participated with a fulltime International Business Semester at the Technical University of Denmark. These experiences helped her developing an interest for technology and business in the Aviation sector. She is now a graduate researcher at the Knowledge & Development Center where she will perform an opportunity analysis of “the Connected Aircraft”. The connected aircraft provides an air-ground datalink based on internet connection. Megan will describe the opportunities of internet communication between ground and aircraft for the LVNL, KLM and Schiphol. She is looking forward to combine innovation and technology and to convert these results in valuable recommendations to the business. She would like to gain as much as possible knowledge from professionals in order to deliver a successful and useful research to the LVNL, KLM and Schiphol. She would appreciate your help and interest in the research area. Please feel free to make an appointment to talk about data link or other relevant subjects!

Gijs Peters is 24 years old and living in Amsterdam. During the last four years he committed himself to the Aviation industry with his study at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. In his third year he successfully completed his internship at Fokker Services B.V. and gained more knowledge about working in the international market after completing the minor “Building Partnership in Thailand”.
Currently Gijs is a graduate research intern in the field of “Airside Infrastructure Capacity” at the Knowledge & Development Centre (KDC). The KDC CoE has set itself the goal of finding valuable and innovative solutions for the sustainable development of Mainport Schiphol. He will contribute to these goals by researching the current problems/bottlenecks inside the airside infrastructure at Schiphol for the main stakeholders (AAS, LVNL, KLM and Ground Handlers). The research will take place from February 2018 till July 2018 and has as main objective to create more understanding and awareness of the infrastructure problems at AAS. This research will be the final stage of his study, Aviation Logistics.

Martijn Ringelberg is a real teamplayer, being 21 years old he achieves the best possible research results together with the team. For the last few years he committed himself to the ‘Aviation studies’ education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. During this time he specialized in the operations side of the aviation industry. With this knowledge he successfully completed an internship at Shell Aircraft, researching the predictability of fatigue for pilots. He continued his interest for aviation operations at Coventry University, studying there for half a year as a part of his study. Subjects that have my interest are usually airline strategies, the trend of long-haul low cost flying and the impact of different factors on the complete aviation process. With this interest he is currently investigating the impact of airline strategies on airport capacity.
This research will focus on what the impact of all different airline strategies can be on the capacity of Schiphol airport. KLM is operating with a wave-system at Schiphol, meaning there are many movements during peaks and less between these peaks. With more and more different operators flying from Schiphol, it will be interesting to see what the impact is on the complete airport system.

Roel Wouters is a graduate research intern in the field of Airport – Collaborative Decision Making at the KDC Centre of Excellence. He is an active 22 year old who works towards solutions, is able to use his social skills and creativity to make projects a success. He did an internship at TUIfly Netherlands’ Ground Services department. He wrote a work spot directions manual for the entire Ground Services department. A lot of time was spend at Schiphol Airport to gain information about the operations and tasks fulfilled on the platform and in the terminal. He went, thereafter, to Coventry University to gain more knowledge about the aviation industry’s operations and economics. Topics that have his interest are airline and airport operations and development.
The KDC CoE aims to clarify the current problems at Mainport Schiphol and consequently find valuable and innovative solutions to provide Mainport Schiphol with a sustainable future development. He will contribute to this goals by researching the efficiency improvements of A-CDM for each involved stakeholder (airport, airlines, ATC, ground handler and NMOC) at Mainport Schiphol from February 2018 onwards. The main goal is to provide the LVNL, Schiphol and KLM with a clear insight in the efficiency improvements of the A-CDM system so far. The graduation thesis is the final stage of his study, Aviation Logistics. 

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