Ivor van Dartel (39) designed his first electric aircraft when still an Aerospace Engineering student at TU Delft, back in 2007.
After finishing his MSc final thesis project within Lockheed Martin on the F-35 electrical system, Ivor joined Airbus to work on several positions in engineering, operations, manufacturing, program management and research & technology. In these roles he participated in the development and industrialization of both civil and military programmes, such as A320, A330, A350, A380, A400M and EuroDrone. While at the E-Aircraft Systems Programme in Munich, Ivor was project leader for the Hybrid Electric Propulsion System of the E-Fan X Hybrid Electric Demonstrator.
In 2021, Ivor and his co-founder Dr. Sebastian Seemann founded VÆRIDION to ensure a true emission free, battery electric aircraft will be available within this decade. VÆRIDION’s microliner can operate up to 500 km and can carry up to 9 passengers, making it a perfect fit for the Dutch Caribbean operational context.
The Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports (DCCA) is organizing the 1stInternational Sustainable Air Transportation event called “A Flight To The Future” in Aruba in November 2022. A one-week event filled with presentations, panel discussion, masterclasses and test flight demonstrations with the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first certified electric aircraft, all with the purpose of sharing knowledge, creating dialogue on the future of aviation and on interisland connectivity in the Dutch Caribbean.