Remon Sweers, from the Netherlands, has joined QOCO as the Vice President of MRO Digitalization Business this Spring. With an impressive background and extensive experience as a Business Innovation Manager at Regional Jet Center BV, Remon brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to QOCO.
He admires our innovative approach in developing solutions that support the digitization needs of the aviation industry. His passion for innovation and continuous improvement also aligns perfectly with QOCO‘s core values, making him an ideal fit for the company.
Here are some insights from our engaging interview with Remon.
Can you tell us about your background and how you became interested in aviation?
In my prior roles, I have quite often been involved in various efficiency & innovation projects. The ever-changing dynamics within aviation are the perfect fit for me. As a young kid who always had a huge interest in aero planes and flying, who knew I would eventually work in the industry?
How has the aviation industry evolved during your career, and what changes do you foresee in the future?
When I started everything was done via paper, fax, telex, etc. Nowadays these tools are hardly used. Currently, the industry is working on becoming fully digital, next steps will be full software integrations and automating repetitive tasks with solutions such as machine learning.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing the aviation industry today, and how are they being addressed?
The industry has traditionally always been very conservative in applying and accepting new techniques. Staff shortages, such as mechanics but also logistics are becoming a big driver for the industry to implement and adopt new and more safer technologies.
How does technology play a role in the aviation industry, and what advancements do you think will have the greatest impact in the future?
Technologies are becoming more and more a fundamental part of the industry. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are solutions that will help take out the robot on humans and allow them to focus on the tasks which are the most important. Essentially software is like training a new employee, they are getting better and better in their tasks and providing increased value.
Can you discuss the importance of safety in the aviation industry, and how it is ensured?
Safety is without a doubt the most important element in the aviation industry, and that’s why it is maybe the safest way of travel! Traditionally, various methods of manually checking whether the work has been performed are in place to ensure tasks are not forgotten or performed incorrectly.
How do you stay up to date with the latest developments and technologies in the aviation industry?
New developments are everywhere so I try to follow many industry trends, not just the aviation industry. And of course, keeping up with industry peers, customers, and colleagues.
Do you have any particularly memorable experiences or accomplishments in your aviation career?
So many! But one that really stood out was implementing a digital signature for our maintenance records as one of the first in the world. At the time when starting the project there was no legislation or tools available however we are still where able to implement and set a standard for future solutions.
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests, and how do you balance them with your professional life in aviation?
Outside of work I really try to disconnect by spending time with the family and friends. After work I often work out in the gym or run outside, this allows me to clear my thoughts and recharge.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career in aviation?
Be passionate about what you do, always stay humble and remain open to learn from others.
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