DARPAS (and on behalf of Dutch Drone Platform)
Graduated as Technical Physics engineer in 1985 at the Technical University of Delft; End study topic: particle movement in turbulent airflow. Worked at TNO Defence and Security for 23 years as a researcher, project manager, program manager, business developer, account manager in the fields of military aerospace and national security. In 2009 he founded In2Nova to work in the field of aerospace related innovations, mainly focussing on improving the conditions and associational aspects to give unmanned aircraft operations a change to develop. Contributed to project proposals for several innovative RPAS developments in The Netherlands, (recently a EUInterreg project ICAReS) a.o. to raise a RPAS knowledge centre. As a project manager contributed to the projects ‘UAS Maintenance Valley’ and ‘3i’ by raising the awareness of the potential of using RPAS at end user level by organising roundtable conferences. Became a non-executive member of UVS international board of directors in 2011. Co-produced two versions of the national UAS-event in The Netherlands. Initiated and founded DARPAS, the Dutch Association for RPAS operators and constructors, in Nov. 2012. Now acting as the president of DARPAS contributing to various meetings with other aerospace communities in The Netherlands, as well as the Dutch government and politicians. Also acts as a DARPAS spokesman for the media.