Meeting on Dutch electric aircraft initiatives at Hilversum Airport

Four Dutch electric aircraft initiatives gathered at Hilversum Airport thanks to an inviation from “Platform Duurzaam Vliegen”. AeroDelft, Falcon Electric, the DEAC and Project DragonFly pitched their plans in front of some of subject matter experts from the Academic arena.

Conclusion: why don’t we do this more often!!!

  • Date: Sept26 2020
  • Location: Hilversum Airport
  • Project activity: knowledge sharing

“Platform Duurzaam Vliegen” organised this first meeting with about 25 representatives from universities working on electric aviation. Altough each projects has their specific goals, they all support the initial steps in sustainable aviation in the Netherlands. Currently there are about 4 research projects being executed:


  • Project Phoenix from AeroDelft (with students from TU Delft, Inholland Delft, Willem de Kooning Academie, Haagse Hogeschool, VU Amsterdam and Utrecht University) integrating hydrogen technology in their airplanes.
  • Falcon Electric (students TU Eindhoven) converting a Cessna 150 to Electric
  • DEAC (with members from TUDelft, HvA, Deltion, TU Twente) developing a flying testbed with a Hybrid-Electric Cessna Skymaster
  • Project DragonFly (Students and researchers from Aeronautical & Precision Engineering Inholland Delft) converting an existing Viking Dragonfly aircraft to electric with Dutch technology

Tim ten Velde from “Stichting Duurzaam Vliegen” was the moderator and the meeting was concluded with a summary from professor Joris Melkert from the TU Delft.

One of the main conclusions of the day: “in order to build momentum on sustainable aviation we need to work together on the vision of creating experimental air-space where we can validate our innovative developments”. It was a successful event and plans are being made for a follow up session.

(photos: Remco de Wit)