02 May Aviation complexity requires a diverse skillset

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Being a junior aviation consultant with To70 means being challenged to find answers to some very complex questions. And each problem requires its own unique approach, using a combination of personal knowledge, analytical skills, the expertise of our colleagues and working intensively with the client to find the answers. In this blog, I want to share with you my experience in tackling aviation complexities. 

Every single question that is presented can feel like a whole new research project

The complexity of aviation challenges

As aviation becomes ever more accessible around the world, the numbers for passenger count and freight tonnage transported continue to set new records. Of course, this growth poses myriad challenges for aviation safety, airport and airspace capacity, and the environment.

As aviation consultants, these are the challenges we are confronted with daily in helping our clients to find answers. These are the complex and diverse questions that must be addressed to ensure that aviation can continue to be as safe as it is now, to make improvements to efficiency and to reduce environmental impact.

The diversity of aviation consulting

Since joining the To70 team a few short months ago, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects. One of my first challenges, for example, was to visualise noise measurement data from multiple monitoring stations, to be included in the annual report for a major European airport.

I was able to deliver the visualisations using SQL databases, Excel and other creative tools. Whilst SQL and Excel are helpful in managing large amounts of data, not all the tools we use at To70 are off-the-shelf.

It is often up to you as an aviation consultant to figure out how to get results. Sometimes that means writing scripts and software yourself if the existing software cannot deliver what you need.

The technical and analytic work is also not the only important part of the job. Interacting with clients and other stakeholders is just as important. Luckily, you learn these skills very quickly as a junior aviation consultant! I have discovered from working with multiple international clients that the different cultures can mean very different approaches to communication. This is especially true when presenting project results to multiple stakeholders.

The fun of the job

Because the challenges are so diverse, every single question that is presented can feel like a whole new research project that requires a different set of skills, tools and approaches. Working on such a variety of projects certainly makes the job highly versatile, and never a dull moment.

If this type of work sounds interesting, To70 is growing and we are always looking to offer opportunities to talented young (and not-so-young) people. So, don’t hesitate to check out our career page and get in touch!

 

About To70. To70 is one of the world’s leading aviation consultancies, founded in the Netherlands with offices in Europe, Australia, Asia, and Latin America. To70 believes that society’s growing demand for transport and mobility can be met in a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable manner. To achieve this, policy and business decisions have to be based on objective information. With our diverse team of specialists and generalists to70 provides pragmatic solutions and expert advice, based on high-quality data-driven analyses. For more information, please refer to www.to70.com.

 

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With a background as commercial pilot, and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology with additional research work at NASA, Xander has a broad knowledge of aviation from both a practical and theoretical point of view. The diversity of challenging projects, which benefit from this broad perspective, is what interested Xander in a job at To70.
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