The Project Office

Ron van Manen

Since April 2023, Ron van Manen has been serving as the Managing Director of the Aviation in Transition project bureau. In this role, he leverages his extensive knowledge and expertise in national and international aviation to collaborate with the Dutch government and all participating parties in ensuring the success of Aviation in Transition. Ron’s professional journey commenced at the TU Delft, where he studied Aerospace Engineering. Throughout his career, he has held positions at prominent organizations such as KLM, British Airways, QinetiQ, and the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking.

Louis Aartman

Louis Aartman holds the position of Project Officer within Aviation in Transition. With 45 years of experience in aerospace, Louis brings a lot of knowledge and expertise to the role. His expertise spans various technical and commercial functions, both nationally and internationally, always focusing on innovations in aerospace. Louis has recently contributed to the Sustainable Aviation Table, the Hybrid and Electric Flying Action Program, and played a role in the development of Aviation in Transition on behalf of the Dutch association for aerospace (Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Nederland).

Alte de Boer

Alte de Boer has been involved with Aviation in Transition from its start and currently holds the position of Project Officer. With an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, he has been employed at NLR for an extended period as a senior research and development engineer in the Avionic Systems department. His expertise encompasses technology for electric propulsion systems, aircraft electronics, and the interaction between aircraft and lightning. Alte has taken on leadership roles in European projects, including FP6 ILDAS, Clean Sky 1 Starter-Generator Unit, Clean Sky 2 ELECTRA, and StrongRCraft, where he has combined his systems engineering knowledge with project management skills.

Kristian van Drimmelen

Since late 2022, Kristian van Drimmelen has been focusing on project management at Aviation in Transition. His passion for airplanes dates back to his early years, and although his childhood dream of becoming an F16 pilot did not materialize, this passion led him to manage various aviation projects for both public and private entities. Kristian earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the HTS and later obtained a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. After his time at Airbus and TNO, Kristian ventured into becoming an independent consultant, leveraging his extensive knowledge of both public and private entities in the aviation sector.

Chantale Evertsz

Chantale is responsible for project management within Aviation in Transition and serves as a Project Officer for several technical projects. After completing her studies in Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and obtaining a master’s degree in Astrodynamics & Satellite Systems, her career began as a Management Trainee at Fokker Technologies. There, she led various complex programs for international clients such as Bombardier, Airbus, and Boeing within multifunctional teams. In this role, she gained extensive technical knowledge and experience in project management.

Louise Snel

Louise Snel is involved in communication and stakeholder management within Aviation in Transition, in addition to handling various tasks within the project bureau. Louise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and a Master’s degree in Policy, Communication, and Organization, bringing unique skills to the team. While Louise may not have direct experience in aviation, her work experience with various sustainable organizations provides a valuable perspective.

Eric van der Veen

Eric van der Veen joined Aviation in Transition as a Project Officer in January 2024. Eric brings extensive experience in aviation, specializing in bridging technology, policy, and organization. He has earned his reputation through involvement in aerospace projects with diverse clients and has been actively engaged in technology development and innovation at the knowledge organization TNO. Eric’s  knowledge of both national and international aviation, providing keen insights across the entire spectrum from technology and production to industrialization, certification, and the utilization of aircraft.