We are leading innovative thinking

At Mainblades, we harness a forward-looking spirit to lead the next wave of innovation in the aviation industry. The wide variety of backgrounds, as well as the knowledge, passion and experience of our team, places us among the leading experts in our field. We dare to be different and seek to become stronger from our diversity. We are not just fluent in the language of robotics and automation; we are the changemakers! Are you ready for the ride?

Our vision and values

Our goal is to reinvent the aviation maintenance industry by adding automation to the process and maximizing aircraft uptime. We are committed to becoming the preferred choice for delivering operational efficiency in aircraft inspections. When it comes to results, we provide an unbeatable combination of quality, reliability, and value. Here are some reasons why:

INTEGRITY

We act with integrity and share the commitment to excel in everything we do.

INNOVATION

We don’t follow trends and revel in being innovative.

EMPATHY

We strive for leading with solutions, but always keep an open mind for learning.

PASSION

We work with passion and do whatever it takes to fulfill Mainblades’ vision. 

DETERMINATION

We want to shape the future and do not let the fear of failure to hold us back.

Our story

Mainblades’ story is deeply rooted in the experience and personality of its founders.

2013

Dejan and Jochem met early in their careers, while pursuing their degrees in Robotics Engineering. Even though both followed separate paths and collected different experiences, they always shared the same desire: creating a company to actually bring robotics into the world. Driven by a common belief of challenging convention, they soon realized that they could apply their knowledge and skills in robotics to provide an alternative approach to traditional aircraft inspections.

2016

On their journey, Dejan and Jochem met Mark, an experienced airplane pilot and enthusiastic drone entrepreneur. Mark’s extensive knowledge and insight of the aviation industry already led him to question the inspection process of aircraft in 2014, and identify the opportunity of using drones for it – shaping the idea from which Mainblades was born. Together, they engaged in a quest to create an innovative, quick and efficient automated solution that reduces aircraft downtime.

2017

The company was officially founded in 2017 under the leadership of Mark, Dejan and Jochem, who strongly believe in the beneficial impact of the product being developed. When launched, the technology will assist the engineering workforce responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft, by speeding up the entire inspection process, and keeping aircraft off the ground.

2020

Our success story has just started taking off!

Board of advisors

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Peter Hartman

Ex-CEO - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
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Derk-Jan Van Heerden

CEO & Founder - AELS
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Robert Babuska

Professor of Intelligent Control and Robotics - TU Delft
innovative thinking

Bart Van Bijnen

Entrepreneur / advisor / investor

Meet the changemakers

Jochem Verboom
Jochem Verboom
Co-Founder

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

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
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.

Remco Roozendaal
Remco Roozendaal
Robotics Software Engineer

My specialization is robot perception and sensor estimation algorithms. It is very exciting to make the complex problem of self localization in dynamic environments like airports into a robust product. I have a background as technical software developer in the mining and aviation industry, but nothing beats working with a passionate small team on a high tech, innovative product.

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.

Robert Durrant
Robert Durrant
Software Engineer

After graduating Systems and Control at the TU Delft, I joined the Mainblades navigation team to contribute to the ambitious, innovative vision of autonomous aircraft inspections. With a theoretical background in motion planning and autonomous navigation for a swarm of aerial vehicles, my current challenge is to provide consistent, safe autonomous flight for a physical drone.

Daniel Trombitas
Daniel Trombitas
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.

Pablo Arcila
Pablo Arcila
UX Designer

When designing an application, the end-user is the one who will have the final say on the “does this work?” question. My job is to make sure our users will be satisfied with every aspect of the experience we offer, from interaction design to our brand’s presence. I’m a third-year student of UX Design at De Haagse Hogeschool with ample freelancing experience, now working part-time at Mainblades.

Floris Straver
Floris Straver
Intern

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
Artificial Intelligence Intern

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
Machine Learning Intern

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.

Frank Overes
Frank Overes
Product Engineer

Frank is responsible for the design, production, development and hardware configurations of Mainblades’ add-to-drone hardware modules, such as ISAAC and ISAAC-lite. With his experience at the TU Delft dream teams, and the knowledge he’s gaining at his Master study in High-tech engineering – he is a great addition to the team!

Viktoriya Zoriy
Viktoriya Zoriy
Marketing Intern
Sara Toth
Sara Toth
Marketing Consultant
Martijn de Haas
Martijn de Haas
Engineering Intern
Thu Phan
Thu Phan
Marketing Intern
Flavio Valcarce
Flavio Valcarce
UX Designer
Alexandre Hervé
Alexandre Hervé
Data Scientist Intern
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