Abma will speak about training and examination of the future UAS pilots in a discussion forum.
In 1995, Harmen Abma (1971) received his Master’s Degree in Educational Science and Technology from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands). He started his career in 1996 as a training consultant for Postbank and later worked a knowledge manager for ING Group’s Economics Department. In 2001 he switched to the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR. In his function of Senior R&D Manager Training he acted – amongst others – as the government support lead for F-35 pilot training program, program manager for the research program ‘Effective Training Solutions’ and NLR project manager NH90 crew training. Currently Harmen works as Business Manager within NLR’s Air Transport Division.
The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR of the Netherlands (Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium) is a long-standing research establishment. Its predecessor, a government service, was founded in 1919. As early as 1937, NLR was detached from the government services, and transformed into a non-profitmaking foundation for research and development. It is the mission of the foundation NLR to provide expert contributions to activities in aerospace and related fields. As independent foundation, NLR renders services to public and private organisations, both national and international. NLR supports civil and military operators in areas including operations, maintenance and procurement and provides technical advice to civil aviation authorities to help ensure safe and economic air transport. NLR supports airports, airlines and organisations responsible for Air Traffic Control by carrying out studies and technology development work aimed at safely accommodating the increasing demand for air transport. The laboratory is well equipped with specialised research and testing facilities ranging from wind tunnels to supercomputers. The facilities also include a UAV lab. Approximately 650 people – from aircraft engineers to psychologists, to mathematicians, to materials experts – work for NLR.
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