The goals of aviation and the airport industry are the same worldwide and therefore require an international exchange and transfer of knowledge. Reason enough for the aviation cluster "Hamburg Aviation" to invite members and interested parties to a delegation trip to the Netherlands. The focus was on establishing new contacts in order to uncover potentials, develop ideas and launch new projects and innovations. GATE seized the opportunity and joined the trip entitled "The Future of Sustainable Aerospace in the Netherlands" on October 17-18, 2022, organized in cooperation with the Netherlands Aerospace Group.
Together with participants from Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, Sustainable Aero Lab and PTS Logistics, as well as Ralf Gust and Francine Schulz from Hamburg Aviation, GATE visited the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR) on the first day. The NLR is committed to sustainable, safe and efficient air transport and carries out numerous projects in national and international cooperation.
The second stop of the delegation trip was the headquarters of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, where the group also had the opportunity to meet employees of the KLM Makerspace. There, students have the opportunity to work on improvements and contribute their own ideas.
On the second day, the group first went to Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport. Here, too, innovation is being driven forward that paves the way for zero-emission aviation. In several workshops we discussed challenges, solutions and visions for a future with hydrogen in aviation. It was also particularly interesting for GATE to learn more about Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport, which offers a development, test and demonstration environment for innovative products and services for airports with the Airport Technology Lab. GATE will exchange ideas with those responsible in a timely manner. The last visit took us to Inholland University of Applied Sciences, where we were introduced to the Dragonfly project.
GATE received many ideas and inspirations on this trip, which we will use to advance our innovation program. We thank Hamburg Aviation for the opportunity and the great organization on site.