Who we are

Mainblades is a tech company founded by young inventive engineers in the Netherlands. Our mission focuses on developing automated inspections of aircraft with the help of drones. Our vision is to see unmanned and manned aircraft operating safely side by side in open aircraft environments.

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We are always looking for exceptional people to join us for the next phase of our journey! Check out our current vacancies here.

Gennadii Mishin
Gennadii Mishin
Software Engineer
Jonathan Ganon
Jonathan Ganon
Front End Developer

I’m John, a self taught front end developer from Israel, I was always interested in technology and specifically web development. When I’m not reading on latest developments in the field I play video games, from old to new, whatever seems innovative and interesting or cook for myself and friends.

Thomas Horstink
Thomas Horstink
Robotics Software Engineer

In my career I always had a focus on perception for mobile autonomous robots. Joining Mainblades as robotics engineer I am helping to further develop our drones’ capabilities to perform autonomous inspections flights around aircraft.

Jochem Verboom
Jochem Verboom
Co-Founder & CTO

As an experienced software engineer and technical lead for different robotic systems, I can execute the vision for the product we want to develop as Mainblades Inspections. We are convinced that the aviation industry is eager for such an innovation, with our goal to achieve a product which is intelligent as well as a complementary tool for the experienced aviation engineers.

Dejan Borota
Dejan Borota
Co-Founder & CEO

The idea of performing airplane inspections with drones has occupied our team since 2015. We have maintained a high persistence to communicate our vision to the right people with a sound plan. We are looking to verify our technological approach in the actual application, and simultaneously formulate the right foundations for high potential business. I am convinced we are on the right track.

Mark Terheggen
Mark Terheggen
Co-Founder

I have pioneered the thought that the aviation maintenance industry can greatly benefit from drone technology. Enthusiasm bore fruits, resulting in the current composition of the team and partners. Coupled with advanced technologies we are developing, the deployment of our drones for inspection purposes is the first in a series of steps that will revolutionize the aviation sector.

Patrick Morcus
Patrick Morcus
Chief Commercial Officer
Julian Von Der Goltz
Julian Von Der Goltz
Data Scientist & Software Engineer

Graduate Intern Imaging & AI. Big Robotics, AI and Aviation nerd, born in Germany with German and Indonesian roots. I studied Aerospace Engineering and Systems and Control at the TU Delft. At Mainblades, my task is the detection of damages on the aircraft images. As part of my graduate research, I am also investigating methods that deal with limited available training data for machine learning models.

Rick Van Namen
Rick Van Namen
Software Engineer

As a BioMechanical Design student with a specialization in BioRobotics, I got interested in the control of autonomous robots. Currently, I am working on my Master Thesis which aims at creating an accurate model of the drone and designing a position controller that can account for the uncertainty in the localization of the drone during flight.

Sjoerd Kok
Sjoerd Kok
Electrical Engineer

Sjoerd is a passionate and talented electrical engineer. He is responsible for the design, manufacturing and testing of our product’s embedded electronic components. The PCB’s are essential for the power, communications and functioning of the ISAAC module.

Daniel Trombitas
Daniel Trombitas
Robotics Software Engineer

Having a background in vehicle automation and a personal passion for aviation, I joined Mainblades with the goal of developing an innovative, autonomous and safe product from an early stage all the way to its delivery. My main competencies lie within the fields of mathematical algorithms and embedded systems.

Floris Straver
Floris Straver
Robotics Software Engineer

With a background in Aerospace Engineering and currently specializing in Signal Processing Systems, I am really interested in the autonomous application of drones. During my master internship at Mainblades, I aim to bridge the gap between the navigation & sensing systems and computer vision algorithm by determining the real-world dimension and location of the detected damages.

Alessandro Scoppio
Alessandro Scoppio
Pilot & Robotics Software Engineer

I like to describe myself as a rational creative. I love to tackle down complex problems and find innovative and effective solutions. Sociable and open-minded, I work greatly in a team with no fear of taking the lead when needed. Analytical thinking, curiosity, and passion are the fuel of my hard work.

Giorgos Patsiaouras
Giorgos Patsiaouras
Backend Engineer

To combine my love and interest for robotics I wish to apply AI Algorithms on autonomous robotic systems for both Industrial and Commercial applications. Currently an intern in Mainblades to implement machine learning algorithms to improve positional data of the robot.

Flavio Valcarce
Flavio Valcarce
UX Designer
Michael Sprehe
Michael Sprehe
Head of Marketing

I am Michael, 26 years old and from Germany. Passionate about creating impact for brands and products I believe in. Aside from marketing, I enjoy videography, playing football and flying drones. In my current role at Mainblades I am both Marketing Manager and Business Developer.

From student to innovator

Our story begins in 2013.

Back then Dejan Borota and Jochem Verboom were robotics students at the Technical University of Delft. Borota was part of a startup that was involved in developing robots for cleaning ships. While working in the shipping industry Borota noticed a need for robots in a completely different industry: the aviation industry. This need was centred around a big problem with aircraft inspections which appeared to be a time-consuming and costly practice. Because of the associated cost, aircraft would usually be shipped to lower paid regions like Eastern Europe and Asia to do the work, which took planes out of active rotation for a longer period of time. Together with his university colleague Jochem, the two began to understand that the way visual inspections are done had not evolved since the beginning of commercial aviation. The two therefore decided to run their own startup to fix this problem.

Aircraft Drone Inspections

These insights were deepened when the two got to meet Mark Terheggen. Terheggen is an active KLM pilot and was experimenting with drone inspections at the time. He gave awareness that inspections were done in a very manual way, requiring heavy equipment and putting workers at risk. People driving around the aircraft in carts, taking pictures and making notes on a piece of paper just appeared very outdated. The idea for innovating aircraft inspections was born. After the interest from the market was validated, the three began to leverage their strong expertise in robotics and aircraft maintenance and officially found Mainblades in 2017. Today, the team consist of over 20 passionate engineers that work hard to speed up visual aircraft inspections, making it easy to do a complete assessment and generate an accurate dent-and-buckle chart with the push of a button.

Co-founders of Mainblades portrait
Aircraft Engineer inspection aircraft

We understand your problem with aircraft inspections

Today, an inspection of a single aircraft can last from 8 to 12 hours and involves 2 to 3 aircraft engineers, the use of binoculars and heavy equipment such as cherry pickers. Furthermore, inspecting an aircraft as big as the Boeing 787 can be quite a challenge: with 17 meters of height, the access to the top of its fuselage carries safety risks to personnel. It also means that the aircraft is towed to a hangar and must remain on the ground for many hours, causing flight delays or cancelations, which can be particularly frustrating when the inspection reports no need for repair. The job itself is a dull and repetitive task, no matter the aircraft type or its location. The engineer needs to be accurate in his work, identifying and reporting deviations, which can become a problem when he is tired, or under time pressure, and misses potential issues. At Mainblades, we believe aircraft inspections should be more accurate, safer, and less time-consuming, and we attempt to change this.

Manual aircraft Inspection with Cherry Picker on an airplane

How we solve it

outdoor aircraft drone inspection

We are convinced that using machine learning to identify potential issues and create automated reports will help you to address these in a much faster, easier, and safer manner. By alleviating manual inspections methods and speeding up the process, you gain the advantage of making informed and actionable decisions.   

With our autonomous drone solution, performing an entire aircraft inspection and delivering an accurate damage assessment report takes less than 2 hours. By reducing the extended aircraft ground time, we help you minimizing costs and making the best out of your flight time.  

It is a win-win solution: while the aircraft engineer can inspect beyond the line of sight and deliver a detailed-rich report on the status of the aircraft, you can quickly act to continue your business operations as usual.  

Stop wasting resources and start increasing the availability of your aircraft today! 

What we do

We strive to disrupt the way aircraft inspections are conducted by offering an out-of-the-box solution developed to empower aircraft engineers.

  • Fit for purpose: General Visual Inspection (GVI) of regional, narrow, and widebody aircraft.
  • Fully automatic: After launch, the drone performs the inspection and lands itself.
  • Customized software: Real-time insight in damages and potential risks in full HD.

We provide aircraft drone inspections for a faster, easier, and safer way of gaining insight into the status of your fleet.  

Our values

Innovation

Innovation

Innovation is our DNA. However we believe innovation doesen’t stop when an innovative product has been created. For us, that is exactly when innovation starts. Our team is working hard using all the experience, expertise and feedback during development. We constantly develop new features to offer the best solution to the market and to keep challenging ourselves.

Customer

Customer

The customer is at the center of everything we do because they are the ones facing the challenges of visual inspections every day, That is why we always aim for the highest standards in our work, our product and our relationship with partners to make sure that we deliver value based on the individual business cases.

People

People

Are the biggest asset behind Mainblades. As our family grows, we aim to maintain the same sense of character. Our multicultural environment offers great opportunities to expand our knowledge and our expertise beyond borders.That is why we put great importance in leveraging the talent of each team member and working together to fulfill Mainblades’ mission.

Our partners

When we say we understand aviation MRO today’s challenges, we mean it because we have the experience and the know-how. As a visionary team of experts in aircraft maintenance and robotics, we believe in innovation to overcome these.

Our team harnesses the characteristics of focus and determination that embody our company’s approach to problem-solving. Years of experience spanning companies such as Innovakit, DJI, HIT Racing Team, Fizyr, Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering, Volvo Trucks, Damen Shipyards, KPMG, Nayak, Fokker, Boeing, Embraer, Indurad, Robot Security Systems, and Fleetcleaner, place us among the experts in our field. If you are looking for a forward-looking team that can handle everything from robotics to AI in the aviation and aeronautics industry, you came to the right place!

Besides, the fruitful collaboration between Mainblades and KLM Engineering & Maintenance over the years has been boosting our development process to meet the specific aircraft maintenance regulations (MOE, EASA, FAA).

Finally, we work closely with the Delft University of Technology to select the “aces” to help us shape the future of aviation MRO.

blue aircraft from KLM on airport

Meet us!

Mainblades demo Schiphol

Want to be part of a passionate, fun and hard-working team within a fast growing high tech start-up? Take a look at our careers page to see if there are any open vacancies, or just drop us a message to discuss opportunities.

Looking to meet us out in the field? Check out which events in the future our team will attend, and reach out to us to setup a meeting – we’re looking forward to tell you more about aircraft drone inspections in person!

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