New learning community in the field of smart and sustainable aviation

HIVE LAB – GAE links aviation innovations with education.

The developments within the transition to sustainable and smart aviation follow each other up rapidly. In order to share and safeguard issues, knowledge and experience from practice and education, Groningen Airport Eelde (GAE) and Hive.Mobility, in collaboration with Noorderpoort and MBO College Airport, have taken the initiative to set up the learning community HIVE LAB – GAE.

In the learning community, various organizations from the aviation and technology sector actively collaborate with educational institutions. Issues from the sector are shared within the community with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experience as well as finding smart solutions. In addition to the initiators, companies and educational institutions such as DroneHub Northern Netherlands, House of Aviation, Deltion College and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen work together within the learning community HIVE LAB – GAE.

Education and research

Three substantive themes were established with the participants on which the learning community focuses:

  1. Droning & air taxis for passenger transport
  2. Electric flying (including flying on hydrogen)
  3. Sustainable ground handling and infrastructure airport of the future

In order to ensure that education and research connect well with the rapid developments in the market, innovations from practice must be converted into structural and scalable forms of education.

“At the same time, knowledge, expertise and experiences from education and research can make a major contribution to accelerating the transition towards more sustainable and smart aviation. This cross-pollination can be facilitated in the collaborative form of a learning community. That is why we have taken the initiative to start HIVE LAB – GAE,” says Ilse Mensink, program manager Hive.Mobility.

Jonas van Dorp, Groningen Airport Eelde: “With research and knowledge sharing, this Learning Community can help not only us, but the entire aviation sector in the Netherlands to clarify issues about aviation 2.0. We are pleased with this joint initiative, which fits in very well with our NXT Airport program, which focuses, among other things, on innovation and sustainability in aviation, and as an international regional airport, we will actively raise issues and invite others to do the same. We will also share the knowledge we gain with partners in various projects as much as possible with other airports and interested parties.”


Within the learning community, connections are also made between other partnerships, pilots and studies. For example, the ROC of Amsterdam, of which the MBO College Airport is part, is also associated with the Bright Sky initiative, a partnership between a number of major players in the aviation sector. One of the current projects within this partnership is testing with hybrid/electric flights. The learning community intends to contribute to this through research and knowledge sharing. For example, research has been conducted into the potential of electric flying for the Northern Netherlands and Limburg, which will be further elaborated within the learning community.


Organizations that are actively involved in aviation innovation and would like to share relevant knowledge or experiences and/or seek collaborations can contact