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 Akverdi, Mehmet

Mehmet Akverdi
EFB Technical Admin
Pegasus Airlines

In 2013, After graduating with honours in Avionics and Industring Engineering(Double Major), Mehmet started to work as aircraft performance engineer in Pegasus Airlines when he was 23.

Mehmet has 4 years experience with Electronic Flight Bag, performance engineering, business intelligence and IOT systems in airline industry.

He has performed engineering functions related to aircraft performance engineering, software development, system integration, performance-based navigation and EFB solutions.

Mehmet has been working on sustainable, innovative and agile projects.

 Behrendt, Felix

Felix Behrendt
Lufthansa Industry Solutions

Felix studied Business Economics and Information Technologies in Hamburg, Germany and Newcastle, Australia.

He joined Lufthansa Industry Solutions in 2012 and worked in different technical documentation projects in aviation. He focused on usability aspects on how to use technical documentation in both cabin and cockpit environments. Felix was also responsible for designing two applications in the DocManage Suite.

With particular attention to the transition process to a paperless cockpit, he is excited to conclude the very last step by creating and introducing an electronic Quick Reference solution.

 Beunis, Renco

Renco Beunis
Operations Manager

Renco Beunis joined SkyNRG in 2015 and is Operations Manager within the Supply & Operations team. He is responsible for all global sustainable aviation fuel logistics and procedures, from biorefinery up to delivery at airports and if necessary fuelling into-wing. For this he and his team set up both short and long-term supply chains to any location in the world. Quality control is an important aspect in this, Renco ensures the biofuel complies to latest ASTM D7566, D1655, DefStan 91-091 and/or AFQRJOS standards.
SkyNRG is a Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certified operator and always ensures truly sustainable biofuel. Therefore, Renco performs a Life Cycle Analysis for all supply chains, using RSB’s calculation methodologies.
He’s also an ASTM member and participates in ASTM D02 committee meetings for development of new alternative jet fuel production pathways.
Renco studied Life Science and Technology at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and has a Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering.

 Celik, Korhan (Capt.)

Capt. Korhan Celik
Assistant Fleet Manager
Pegasus Airlines

Capt. Korhan Celik is assistant Fleet Manager of Pegasus Airlines; leading low cost carrier in Turkey which operates both single aisle Boeing 737NGs and Airbus 320s. He has been involved in simulation and software projects simultaneously together with his flying career of exceeding two decades. During realization and finalization of EFB project in Pegasus Airlines, he has contributed in development phases of ‘electronic load and trim sheet’ and ‘electronic flight plan’ through EFB.

 Cowan, Alex

Alex Cowan

Alex Cowan founded RazorSecure in 2014 after after a decade of working to develop secure systems and prevent intrusions in the gaming industry. Alex is a regular speaker at conferences related to transportation and cyber security, working to raise awareness of cyber security issues in industries that are struggling to meet the challenges of connected transport. RazorSecure are focused on providing next-generation cyber security products to protect transportation including inflight entertainment on planes, rail systems and self-driving and connected vehicles.

 De Moor, Sander

Sander de Moor
EVP - Operations Efficiency
Aircraft Commerce Consulting

Sander de Moor has 30+ years' experience in flight operations support within all sectors of aviation.  He has particular expertise in Flight Operations Efficiency, specialising in fuel and operational efficiency strategies. He was a core member of the IATA Green Teams for two years and helped shaped that program; subsequently he has held the position of Fuel Efficiency lead at LOT Polish Airlines (2 years) and the Etihad Airways Group (4 years). Before establishing his own consultancy. Apart from efficiency program management, Sander has extensive experience in managing RFP and implementation processes with FMIS tools across group airlines.

 Gilbert, Ian

Ian Gilbert
IG Avionics Consulting

Ian Gilbert started in the aerospace business in 1967 as an apprentice with BEA. After gaining his degree he was involved with the development and introduction of the first auto-land and FMS systems as a Development Engineer with British Airways. In 1980 he moved on to Bendix Aerospace later becoming Director Technical Services Europe, Middle East and Africa for Honeywell Aerospace. Since leaving Honeywell in 2007 he has worked as an independent consultant and expert witness specialising in data link, FANS, ADS-B and SatCom/connectivity. Representing Spectralux Avionics Ian is working closely with the European agencies on the DLS Recovery Plan. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

 Grass, Joachim

Joachim Grass
Project Manager Flight Dispatch
SWISS International Airlines

Joachim started as Project Support for SWISS in 2014. He initially worked as Flight Dispatcher and was promoted to Shiftleader Flight Dispatch subsequently.

Joachim holds a Bachelor of Science in Operational Engineering (Aviation) combined with a former IT education. In his current role he enjoys to combine daily operations with future development and opportunities to implement and improve IT environments.

He played an active role in the project team of implementing Mission Support within SWISS, a 24/7 inflight support dispatch service.
More recently he was nominated to lead the development of a dynamic slot management solution, in cooperation with Sabre Airline Solutions.

 Harling, Guido

Guido Harling
Executive Director and Founder
ETSverification GmbH

Guido Harling is the founder and executive director of ETSverification GmbH, the verification body for the aviation industry. He holds a bachelor of science (Dipl. Chem. Ing.) and a master of business (Dipl. Wirt. Ing.) degree. Furthermore, he is IRCA accredited ISO 9001, 50001 auditor and ISO 14065 greenhouse gas verifier. Guido started his career in North America where he worked for KPMG US specializing in ERP systems for airlines and airports. Since 2005 he has been managing projects in the aviation and transportation area as a subject matter expert and partner for IATA. In 2009, with the emerge of EU-ETS he first helped operators to design and implement ETS conform monitoring concepts. In 2010 Guido Harling started ETSverification GmbH, Germany’s first and only DAkkS accredited verification body dedicated solely to the aviation industry. ETSverification GmbH offers verification services within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the company is accredited all EU member states.  Since 2014 he is IATA trained ACC3 validator and expert for aviation cargo security processes and he is GHG reduction expert and accredited verifier under the ACA Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme. Since 2017 ETSverification GmbH is also accredited for the verification of GHG from maritime transport. Currently ETSverification GmbH is helping Switzerland to verify tkm monitoringplans under the Swiss ETS Ordinance.


 Harrison, Martin

Martin Harrison
Global Managing Director - Airline, Aerospace & MRO

Martin Harrison, a Vice President at ICF in London, has been serving the aviation industry for more than 30 years.

As a consultant, he works with clients around the world on operations projects that span ground, airport, maintenance, customer service, fuel conservation, crew planning and safety management systems.

He has a deep understanding of the low-cost carrier business model as well as regional and hub operations.

Prior to joining ICF in July 2012, Martin was the Chief Operating Officer at Pluna Airlines in Uruguay, working on a restructuring program for the South American flag carrier. He has also held executive operational positions at Spirit Airlines in the United States and easyJet Airlines in Europe.

Martin started his career at British Airways in hands-on maintenance and then engineering roles before moving on to Total Engine Support Ltd. in the United Kingdom, providing consultancy services that were focused on engine asset management.

Martin holds an MSc from Bristol University and an MBA from IESE in Spain.

 Hof, Henk J.

Henk J. Hof
Head of ICAO and Concept Unit

In his current position, as Head of the ICAO and Concepts Unit, Mr. Hof is responsible for the contribution of the EUROCONTROL Agency to ICAO and for strategic initiation and facilitation on Concept development.
Henk J. Hof started his professional carrier in 1985 as policy advisor on Communication, Navigation and Surveillance matters for the Dutch ATC authorities. He was member of the Dutch delegation for the ICAO FANS I and II committees and member of a number of ICAO Panels.
In 1991 Mr. Hof joined the EUROCONTROL Agency where he started as Project Manager responsible for the standardisation and implementation of the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN).
As Head of the Master Plan Maintenance Unit and Leader of the SESAR Master Plan Work Package, he was responsible for the development and maintenance of the European ATM Master Plan; the strategic plan for the evolution of European ATM.
Mr. Hof is the EUROCONTROL member and the chairman of the ICAO ATM Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP) and chairman of the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) Advisory Group.  The GADSS Advisory Group maintains the GADSS Concept of Operation and guides GADSS related developments.

 Jassnowski, Gerrit

Gerrit Jassnowski
Team Leader Airframe & Systems Engineering
Lufthansa CityLine

Gerrit Jassnowski is currently employed with Lufthansa CityLine as Team Leader for Airframe & Systems Engineering.

He began his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer at Lufthansa in Frankfurt in 1990. In 1993 he moved to Augsburg Airways and 1997 to Lufthansa CityLine in Munich. There he achieved the EASA CAT A/B2 license for the regional jets AVRO, Bombardier and Embraer. After several stations in line maintenance he completed 2014 his bachelor degree in professional aviation and became team leader in the MCC where he led 16 employees.

In 2016, he become responsible for the project for implementation of paperless maintenance and ELB. The official project start was the beginning of 2017 and the target is the implementation at the end of the year.

In 2017, he completed his master's degree in technical management and joined the engineering as a team leader. Here he led the team responsible for aircraft systems and structure for the CityLine regional fleet.

 Kostyuk, Andriy

Andriy Kostyuk
Technical Pilot E-190
Ukraine International Airlines

  • In aviation since 1986
  • Retired Ukraine Air Force Major from 2002
  • From 2002 till 2008 was flying for Antonov Design Bureau
  • From 2008 till 2012 was flying for DniproAvia Airlines
  • From 2013 till curretn day have been working for Ukraine International Airline:
  • Involved in UIA e-Enablement Program, EFB Program, Fuel Efficiency and Preventive Maintenance Program
  • Captain, Technical Pilot Embraer E190 at UIA

 Lange, Michael

Michael Lange
Fuel Efficiency Manager
Senior First Officer Boeing 747
Lufthansa German Airlines

Michael Lange is a Fuel Efficiency Manager at Lufthansa German Airlines since 2014. He received his diploma of Aeronautical Engineering and Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany. After five years of flying an Airbus A320 for Lufthansa as Co-Pilot, he upgraded to Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet Boeing 747, where he is until now a Senior First Officer. He combines the knowledge of an acting pilot and an experienced manager for Lufthansa’s Fuel Efficiency Department.

 Lidgard, Martin

Martin Lidgard
CEO and Founder
Web Manuals International AB

Martin Lidgard, CEO and Founder of Web Manuals International AB, a Cloud based application for easy and controlled authoring, publishing and distributing operational and technical manuals within the aviation industry with over 125 clients around the world. The mission of Web Manuals is to simplify digitizing of manuals to enhance control, compliance and agility and with the purpose to enhance our clients’ success, flight safety and happiness.

Martin has a broad background in the fields of Engineering Physics, Finance and Business Administration and has during his career founded and headed two successful companies in the IT sector in Sweden. Martin is very driven by challenges and the joy of building fast-growing companies without external investors. Martin always wants to challenge himself and dare to learn new things likes to spend his time skiing, playing horse polo or playing the saxophone.

 Marston, Carson

Carson Marston
Principal Product Manager

Carson is a product manager at Sabre working on the Flight Management team.  He has over 10 years of experience building, implementing, and optimizing technology products.  At Sabre he has led initiatives to improve customer adoption, satisfaction, and recently completed a beta project to show en-route weather to pilots on a tablet.  He is currently responsible for the Flight Explorer solution and works with airlines to develop new features to improve the flight tracking solution.  Prior to joining Sabre he worked as a management consultant at ECG where he advised healthcare organizations on optimizing their electronic health record systems.
Carson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Business Administration from The Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas.

 Matz, Oliver

Oliver Matz
Project Manager Inflight Weather
Lufthansa Airlines

Oliver Matz is working on all In-Flight related Weather topics for the EFB at Lufthansa Airlines, besides being an active pilot, currently flying the Airbus A380 at Lufthansa Airlines as a First Officer. He was leading the In-Flight Weather Project, which focused on the integration of up-to-date weather information into the Lido eRouteManual. Having laid the foundation for the integration of weather information into the Lido eRouteManual, he is now looking for further products (weather and non-weather information) to add to the eRouteManual. Despite that Oliver Matz is figuring out ways, how to use an Avionic-connected EFB to calculate EDR Turbulence Data and exchange it via Inflight-Connectivty in realtime with a database containing worldwide realtime turbulence data.

 McKechnie, Andrew

Andrew McKechnie
Director at McKechnie Aviation LTD., also
EASA Independent External Expert

Andrew is a pilot and instructor by trade. He flew for British Airways for 17 years where he was a Captain on B777 and Training Captain on B737. After leaving full time flying in 2007 Andrew worked for the UK CAA as a Flight Operations Inspector, then as Head of Training for a multi-national flight training company and then for EASA as Standardisation Team Leader for Air Operations. In 2015 Andrew established McKechnie Aviation LTD to assist Regulators, Aircraft Operators and Training Organisations to develop their management systems and comply with regulations and standards for fight operations and pilot training.
Andrew consults and provides training and consultancy to several national aviation authorities and is participating in current EASA rulemaking tasks on updates to pilot training the qualification requirements for instructors and examiners and the requirements for all-weather operations.

Andrew McKechnie has Master in Business Administration (MBA) and was a guest speaker in many aviation conferences across the globe.

 Munday, Darren

Darren Munday
Aviation Sales Manager
Panasonic Toughbook

With over 15 years’ experience working in the Tech industry, Darren joined the UK Toughbook team in 2016 taking on responsibility for the Transport & Aviation sector.  Having previously held roles in Business development for specialist computer systems Darren is adept at selecting the right solution to overcome customers’ specific challenges.

 Ostertag, Bjorn

Bjorn Ostertag
Head of Fuel Efficiency & Punctuality Management
Lufthansa Cargo

Bjorn Ostertag is currently with Lufthansa Cargo in the position of Head of Fuel Efficiency & Punctuality Management. His tasks comprise of building and running the new strategic department of Fuel Efficiency and managing worldwide punctuality. Bjorn is working on creating processes that guarantee a consolidated approach across the company concerning fuel efficiency, as well as developing new fuel efficiency ideas, cost savings strategies, implementing a Flight Ops Analyzer Tool to monitor real fuel flow and real fuel consumption and applying worldwide measures to improve punctuality.

Bjorn’s career with Lufthansa group started with his apprenticeship while studying for Master’s degree in Business and Commerce at University of Hagen and Frankfurt. His responsibilities within the company varied from brand evaluation, multilateral pricing, airport services and ground handling. The latter project was Bjorn’s latest position - the Head of Aircraft Ground Handling in Frankfurt within Lufthansa Cargo, where his responsibilities were to ensure safe, economic and optimal aircraft handling.

 Pisarski, Jens

Jens Pisarski
Chief Operating Officer & Partner
IFS – International Flight Support

Jens Pisarski has an Academy Economist degree from the Danish Aarhus School of International Business and has worked the last 23 years within the flight operations software industry.  He was a leading force for 18 years in establishing Danish flight planning software provider AIR SUPPORT PPS on the world market as a leading flight planning provider.    

The Last 5 years Jens Pisarski has been Chief Operating Officer and Partner of IFS, the company behind the PFB Paperless Flight Bag software solution, providing a fully integrated Electronic Flight Bag solution aimed at business aircraft operators, regional / charter / cargo / scheduled airline operators, military operators as well as utility aircraft operators.

 Ramcke, Gerhard

Gerhard Ramcke
Chief Pilot
Air Baltic Corporation

Gerhard Ramcke has been involved in the type implementation of the C Series at airBaltic for the last 4 years. As one of 2 Chief Pilots at airBaltic he is responsible for the C Series and the Boeing 737. He has been with airBaltic for 13 years, whereas 9 of them as a Chief Pilot. The C Series is his 2nd implementation of a new type after airBaltic’s acquisition of 12 new Q400s.

 Reid, Lauren

Lauren Reid
Aviation Business Development
Met Office

Lauren Reid works at the UK's national meteorological service, the Met Office, in Exeter, Devon. Lauren started work there as a scientist in 2005, taking up a key role in the applied science area, developing significant weather forecasting capabilities for the aviation industry.

In 2015, Lauren transitioned to the role of Business Development Manager within the Met Office’s Aviation team, to assist in developing science pull through for aviation customers from research into operations. Lauren has a great appreciation and understanding of the aviation community and works with a number of different stakeholders on consultancy projects in the UK and across Europe.

Finally, one of Lauren’s primary roles is championing all SESAR Deployment Manager activities across the Met Office. This includes working on topics such as 3D Radar over Europe for convection identification and now casting, Weather Hazards (turbulence, icing, convention and winter weather) service development and the MET-GATE, the method to be used by European MET providers to distribute data in a SWIM way.

 Sendel, Tobias

Tobias Sendel
Active Pilot and Product Owner EFB Applications
Lufthansa German Airlines

Tobias joined the aviation industry in 2011 as First Officer on the Lufthansa German Airlines short-haul fleet after graduating in Aeronautical Engineering and Management in Bremen.

Since 2014, he works in the Cockpit Information Services Team of Lufthansa German Airlines with a focus on documentation and user communication. He designed the Lufthansa EFB Manual and prepared the transition to a comprehensive eOps Manual. Since November 2017, he also works as product owner for two EFB applications.

Driven by latest technology developments, combined with actual knowledge and experience as active pilot, Cockpit Information Services continue to contribute to improved safety, cost effectiveness and passenger comfort. Our goal is the best possible integration of aircraft and ground systems and the paperless cockpit.

 Stapf, Udo

Udo Stapf
Chief Executive Officer

Udo Stapf is the founder and CEO of CrossConsense, an eLB, server hosting, software support- and solutions provider based in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 1990 he has been working in the aviation industry, starting as an aircraft line and base maintenance engineer and AMOS integration specialist. After he completed his degree as a business economist he worked as a logistics manager for a German charter airline until he founded CrossConsense 2002.
For the last 14 years, CrossConsense has become a known name in the aviation industry especially in the fields of AMOS consulting, support, hosting and operation. In 2012 CrossConsense started to develop – in collaboration with 11 of its airline customers –CROSSMOS, an electronic technical logbook.

 Stewart, Dean

Dean Stewart
EVP - Operations Systems
Aircraft Commerce Consulting

Dean Stewart had 25+ years of Airline Operations experience at all levels, specialising in Crew Resource Planning, Software, Regulations and Crew Relations. Dean has managed airline departments, IT centres and advised CEOs on transition, development and change. He is Prince2 and ITIL qualified and is a passionate trainer and firm believer in communication.

 Sveinsson, Steinar

Steinar Sveinsson
Operations Consultant
SmartLynx Airlines 

Specialist in IT system implementations and Project Development Management.  Analysis and design of data flow chart connecting systems used by airlines.  Testing and modifying systems to ensure that they are operated reliably, including fault finding, diagnosing and fixing.
33 year work experience from Icelandair as Duty Manager Flight dispatch, later as Manager Operations Control and Chief Instructor FOO.  Busy man now as EFB administrator for BlueBirdCargo, Operations Consultant for Smartlynx Airlines and Flight dispatch for AirIcelandConnect along with consultant work for other airlines.

 Tribolet, Max

Max Tribolet
Business Development

Max Tribolet joined FlightAware as Business Development Manager in May 2011. Working in the sales and operations groups, his job is to seek new B2B business projects and develop product strategy.  Before joining FlightAware, Max’s experience spanned a variety of aviation firms, both for-profit and non-profit. Outside of work, Max enjoys traveling and exercising his pilot’s license.

 Williams, Charles

Charles Williams
Editor / Publisher
Aircraft Commerce

Charles Williams has been the publisher and editor of Aircraft Commerce since 1998, in that time firmly establishing the journal as an industry leader read by over 10,500 industry executives worldwide. Aircraft Commerce is a bi-monthly journal which analyses all aspects of the management and business of commercial aircraft. Prior to joining Aircraft Commerce, Mr. Williams was editor of the Euromoney publication Aircraft Economics for 4 years and began his career in commercial aviation with a position at the UK airline Air Europe in Management Accounting. He has an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, UK. Mr Williams commands a dedicated team of staff writers, contributors and researchers spanning the globe.

 Wipplinger, Patrick (Dr.)

Dr. Patrick Wipplinger
Chief Product Owner
Lufthansa Systems' product line Lido/Navigation

Dr. Patrick Wipplinger has a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on aviation technology and is currently the Chief Product Owner for Lufthansa Systems' product line Lido/Navigation.

During school, compulsory military service and his university time, Patrick worked as a flight dispatcher. After obtaining his master’s degree he was employed at the University of Darmstadt in Germany at the Department of Flight Mechanics and Control as a research scientist. His focus was research in the area of Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS). During this time he was also Flight Test Director on multiple Flight Test Campaigns as part of NASA’s Aviation Safety Program. He obtained his PhD degree for his research on pilot behavior during the conduction of High Approach Landing System/Dual Threshold Operations (HALS/DTOP) approaches down to CAT I at Frankfurt airport.

Patrick then continued on to Jeppesen, a Boeing Company, where he was a Senior Systems Engineer in Research and Development. His work led to the development of various data driven flight deck applications for Commercial and General Aviation at Jeppesen.

For the last 8 years Patrick has been with Lido/Navigation, where he initially led the development of Lido/AMDB and Lido/AMM. He then took on the role of Product Manager where he was responsible for Route Manual Charting Standards and its transition to dynamically rendered Maps from gate-to-gate. Today, Patrick leads Lido’s product strategy in his role as Chief Product Owner.

 Yahav, Dror

Dror Yahav
Vice President Commercial Aviation, Aerospace Division
Elbit Systems

After a military career as a fighter pilot, in 2001 Dror joined Elbit Systems as an engineer to lead the Research and Development of new innovative commercial Enhanced Flight Vision System product line. Elbit’s EFVS products is the basis of the company latest greatest success in the diversification process that adds commercial aviation to the company customer base.

In 2011, Dror was appointed as the company Vice President for commercial aviation, as part of Elbit Aerospace division. Dror led the introduction of new EFVS technologies to business aviation, first time EFVS for commercial helicopter and the introduction of wearable HUD technology for the Air Transport market.

Dror holds a B.A. in Computer Science and an Executive MBA degree from Tel Aviv University. His piloting experience consist of 22 years of flying fighters, trainers and commercial airplanes.

 Zalen, Ferry van

Ferry van Zalen
General Operations Engineer
KLM City Hopper

Ferry is employed by KLM since 1986. Initially as flight crew instructor on different type of aircraft that were in operation at KLM. As from 2003 he is keeping the Operations Manuals, for KLM Cityhopper, up to date and in compliance with the EASA legislation and the IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices. For the last 18 months he was mainly occupied with the implementation of the Webmanuals system. The first 6 month were used for implementing the Operation Manuals and its links to the EASA and IOSA libraries. During the last year the remaining manuals and their links have been implemented. Many suggestions have been proposed to Webmanuals for improving the system. In the meantime updates in EASA and IOSA have been taken care of using the system.

 Zviryanskiy, Sergey

Sergey Zviryanskiy
Manager Flight Operations Engineering and Fuel efficiency - EFB Administrator
Ukraine International Airlines

  • 1997 – 2001  The Higher Pedagogical School of Kobzar Art (teacher of music and kobza player)
  • 2000 – 2005  Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts (choral conductor)
  • 2004 – 2006  Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts (manager of foreign tourism)   
  • 2004 – 2005  Flight Manager in cargo airline Applex LLC
  • 2005 – 2006  Sales Regional Manager  JSC “Monomakh”
  • 2006 – 2007 Operations Manager AT British Gulf Int’l Airlines
  • 2007 – 2011 Fleet Assignment Officer at Ukraine International Airlines
  • 2011 – 2012  Operations Engineer of Ukraine International Airlines
  • 2012 – 2015  Head of Navigation Department of Ukraine International Airlines
  • 2015 – current  Manager Flight Operations Engineering and Fuel Efficiency – EFB Administrator