Gilles van Hövell has 40 years technical and operational management experience in the airline industry. He graduated as Aerospace Engineer at the Technical University of Delft in Holland and joined KLM in 1979.
Gilles occupied a variety of functions in Supply Chain management, Quality Assurance, Aviation Regulations and Organization Redesigns. In addition he worked for several years on behalf of KLM as Committee member of the Association of European Airlines.
Also Gilles was delegated by KLM to Transavia Airlines to manage the implementation of JAR OPS 1. In 1996 Transavia Airlines was the first airline to receive the JAR OPS 1 certification.
Gilles has extensive knowledge on all aspects of continuing airworthiness management and EASA Regulations.
In 2005 Gilles was appointed as Program Director KLM E&M for the aircraft transactions. With a team of engineers and supporting staff he managed over 40 aircraft re-deliveries.
Gilles started in 2012 as Managing Partner of Aviation Independent Consulting. AIC advises and supports commercial clients and governments, aircraft leasing companies, aircraft operators, aircraft maintenance providers, financial institutes and aviation authorities.