In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve temporarily suspended the Aviation Innovation Podcast™ – our regularly scheduled series of conversations with entrepreneurs, business owners and executives in the aviation and aerospace sector. 

But we’re not going away. Instead, we’ve launched a new series on leadership in turbulent times called VUCA World. V-U-C-A stands for Volatility… Uncertainty… Complexity… and Ambiguity – words that especially resonate these days. We’re not only going to explore the impact the global pandemic is having on business but also the implications for leadership in an increasingly VUCA world.

Tune in to the VUCA World Podcast, and stay tuned for Season 2 of the Aviation Innovation Podcast some time later this year.

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Welcome to the Aviation Innovation Podcast

Welcome to the Aviation Innovation Podcast, hosted by Eugene Hoeven! The show will interview the movers and shakers in the business today, the pioneers of yesterday, and bring you the stories of the innovators and entrepreneurs in our aviation industry.

Learn of the innovations and emergent technologies affecting aviation and air transport, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship in our sector, as well as the strategies and tactics for success.

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Newsletter September 2020

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Mitigating one of Aviation’s biggest risk factors: fatigue – AiP 016

Read Time: < 1 minute Is fatigue putting your business at risk? That’s a question Pulsar Informatics strives to answer. Pulsar’s mantra is that Alert workers are more productive, and experience fewer accidents. Pulsar gives[…]

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Rise of the Ecosystems – AiP 015

Read Time: < 1 minute  Prof. dr. Annemieke Roobeek is professor of Strategy and Transformation Management at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. She is Founder & Director of MeetingMoreMinds B.V., an inter-company networking[…]

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Digital Wallets are Ready for Take-off in Travel – AiP 014

Read Time: < 1 minute Smartphones continue to have an increasing role in our day to day lives. Have you ever wondered who was behind tools like digital wallets and boarding passes? Andrew Phillips is[…]

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How to Become Unreasonably Successful: Richard Koch Part II – AiP 013

Read Time: < 1 minute The conclusion of our host Eugene Hoeven’s special interview with Richard Koch, author of the 80/20 principle, and his new work, How to Become Unreasonably Successful. Visit Richard Koch’s website[…]

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The Building Blocks for Smart Airports – AiP 012

Read Time: < 1 minute  Grant Furlane has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the technology sector, specializing in the parking, transportation, cloud computing and network security industries. He has been[…]

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How to Become Unreasonably Successful: Richard Koch Part I – AiP 011

Read Time: < 1 minute In this special episode of the podcast, we navigate away from Aviation to hear from Richard Koch. A former management consultant, Koch has become a well known author, publishing several[…]

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Digitizing the future, and adapting to a generation shift in the workforce – AiP 010

Read Time: < 1 minute Today’s guest is Per Ahl, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. Saab has been an evolutionary force in air traffic, working with outfits like LFV to provide remote air[…]

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Aviation – An Industry Ripe for Disruption – AiP 009

Read Time: < 1 minute This week’s interview is with Ian Painter of Snowflake Software, an award-winning provider of cloud and on-premise software solutions for the aviation industry, which he co-founded with Eddie Curtis in[…]

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Unity of Purpose – AiP 008

Read Time: < 1 minute For young entrepreneurs, navigating the path to successful growth can be elusive and intimidating. Searidge Technologies, begun in 2004 by two enterprising neighbours in Ottawa, Canada has become a leading[…]

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Leading the Charge in Electric Aviation – AiP 007

Read Time: < 1 minute  In this episode of Vantage Point, I speak with Kevin Noertker, Co-Founder and CEO of Ampaire, Inc. an electric airplane startup based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Located[…]

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On the Ball to Avoid a Stall – AiP 006

Read Time: < 1 minute  Today’s episode is with John Maris, an aeronautical engineer with two master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. John has devoted his entire professional career[…]

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From Drones Beware to Flight Aware – AiP 005

Read Time: 2 minutes As more and more drones take to the sky, and ambitions for drone delivery services and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations get ever-greater, the airspace is set to become increasingly congested. Concerns[…]

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To the City Hopper, Not the Chopper – AiP 004

Read Time: < 1 minute Ever been frustrated by heavy traffic when you are in a rush to get to that all-important meeting? We all have! So, instead of being stuck in traffic gridlock, what[…]

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Meeting a Medical Need with Speed – AiP 003

Read Time: < 1 minute More than two billion people lack adequate access to essential medical products, often due to challenging terrain or gaps in infrastructure. Over 2.9 million children under age five die every[…]

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Don’t Fall in Love with Your Technology – AiP 002

Read Time: < 1 minute Ever been stuck in a long line-up at airport security and wondered how it could be sped up? Eric Bergeron did, and so founded Optosecurity in 2003, which provided the world’s first[…]

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An Introduction to The Aviation Innovation Podcast – AiP 001


Read Time: < 1 minute Welcome to The Aviation Innovation Podcast! In this brand new series, our host Eugene Hoeven will explore the rapidly changing field of aviation, by speaking to some of its most[…]

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“I have had the good fortune to work with Eugene Hoeven when he was with CANSO and the air traffic management (ATM) industry was grappling with what to do about the looming cyber threats and risks. Eugene quickly assembled a team of industry players to establish CANSO’s ATM Security Workgroup (ASWG) and within 6 months published the CANSO Cyber Security Risk Assessment Guide, which was well-received and highly praised as a resource for organizations on the practical steps they should take to develop resiliency in cyber security. Throughout the process, Eugene exhibited vision and leadership that resulted in the successful delivery of the project.”

“SADC has retained the services of EH&A for our business development activities in Canada to help grow the aerospace, MRO and logistics cluster for the Amsterdam Airport Area. Throughout this process, Eugene Hoeven has shown to be very responsive and supportive of our efforts – a natural connector and facilitator – that has resulted in a number of new relationships and leads for direct investment in the Netherlands.”

“I’ve known Eugene Hoeven from when NAV CANADA was created in 1996, and he represented the airline industry in the establishment of the service charges regime as the sole source of funding for the company. His leadership in bringing together the user community to focus on cost effective services and flight efficiencies helped lay the foundation for NAV CANADA to become one of the world’s most respected air navigation services providers. I was therefore only too happy to see Eugene move on to CANSO to represent the air navigation services industry at ICAO, where he continuously enhanced its reputation and influence in the international aviation community.”

“Eugene Hoeven is a strategic thinker and natural connector, and has been of great help in getting Unifly in front of decision-makers who require an unmanned traffic management (UTM) solution to safely integrate drones into the airspace. During the term of our engagement, Eugene advocated on our behalf and supported us in building an ecosystem of stakeholders with an interest in UTM – including Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, drone operators and other solutions and service providers. This ultimately positioned Unifly as a preferred technology partner to provide the UTM platform on behalf of NAV CANADA.”

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