NLR-ATSI was created by bringing together experts on safety, ATM and flight operations into one institute. The experts are internationally recognized scientists, airline pilots, air traffic controllers and consultants with a background in aircraft manufacturing, safety, Air Traffic Management and security.

The track record of the institute shows a variety of (international) customers, including governments, regulators, Air Navigation Service Providers, airports and Air Forces. The wide range of customers, complex projects and the international exposure, all contribute to the high level of competency within the team. You will find that our team understands your business.

A selection of our team members is introduced below.

Graduated as an Aerospace engineer, Peter worked for the Dutch Government and for Fokker Aircraft, before joining NLR. He has hands-on experience with system development from the concept design phase to actual system certification and in-service introduction. Since he started at NLR, Peter was involved in several military and civil aircraft accident and incident investigations. He was selected as a staff member of the parliamentary inquiry committee that investigated the crash of a Boeing 747 into an apartment building in the Netherlands (so-called Bijlmer disaster). Furthermore he led several large safety related projects, such as an investigation into cross- and tailwind criteria for runway assignment at Schiphol. He has performed studies for Geneva Airport (safety and compatibility of VFR/IFR traffic) and Reykjavik airport (re-design of Reykjavik airport). Recently he conducted an obstacle assessment of a high-rise zone in the vicinity of Basel Airport. He led the comprehensive study of Aviation Safety Management within Switzerland after the Überlingen accident.

Since joining NLR in 1994, one of Alfred’s core activities is safety modelling. Alfred was trained as an aircraft designer at Delft University of Technology and is of the opinion that the challenges of aircraft design are remarkably similar to the challenges of aviation safety modeling: the need to synthesize information and knowledge of different disciplines to obtain the overall optimum result. Alfred was project coordinator for the EU funded projects DESIRE and ASTER which had the objective to develop a quantitative risk assessment model for air transport that allows cost benefit analysis. Apart from a number of operational safety studies for various customers, building a causal model for air transport has been a major line of work during the pas years, by his involvement in research for both the FAA and the Dutch government. On November 10, 2008, Alfred received his doctorate from the Delft University of Technology, on the subject of aviation safety risk modelling.

Since 1994, as staff member of NLR, she conducted research into the use of stochastic dynamic models as the basis for architectural insight and probabilistic safety analysis of ATM enhancements. She has actively participated in both national and European ATM studies. She conducted a project for EEC, named Safety Methods Survey, involving a comprehensive review and analysis of over 500 hazard identification and safety assessment approaches. This has led to the development of a Safety Methods Database currently containing details on over 700 methods.

Gerard van Es is a flight safety and operations analyst with NLR (now NLR-ATSI) since 1995. He has conducted risk assessments of new flight operational and air traffic control procedures, was involved in accident/incident investigations, has conducted flight safety studies on numerous topics, has set up the NLR Air Safety Database (that exists of accident/incident data and aviation production data), and has conducted studies regarding flight operational issues. These activities were done for a wide range of clients including, airline operators, airports, ANSPs, aircraft manufactures, accident investigation boards, department of defence, and regulators.

Sybert Stroeve was involved in research on models for control of human arm movements and neural networks before he joined NLR in 2000. At NLR he has been working on accident risk assessment studies for air traffic management (ATM), with special interest in the integration of human factors in safety studies. He has been involved in studies ranging from Accident risk assessment of taxiing operations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Safety modelling and analysis of organizational processes in air traffic (EUROCONTROL CARE Innovative Research III).

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