As AirLink celebrates 25 years of unparalleled service, we wanted to shed light on some of the remarkable individuals who make it all possible. For this special interview series, we are excited to feature Dirk Hol, our Operations, Dispatch, and Security Engineer, who has been with us since 2020.
1. What sparked your interest in aviation, and how did you end up joining Airlink Aviation in 2020?
While I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, a friend informed me of an opportunity for professional practice at AirLink. I’ve had a long-standing interest in aviation operations, so I seized the chance to work in a field I’m passionate about.
2. Could you elaborate on your responsibilities as the Operations, Dispatch, and Security Engineer at Airlink Aviation?
I’m part of the Operations and Security Directorate, and I’m responsible for maintaining our technical, operational, and security manuals. This includes making updates and improving the content. I also monitor pilots’ documentation, training, and fatigue records, as well as keep aircraft documentation up to date. Additionally, I instruct courses like “Introduction to AirLink Operations,” “General Operations Manual,” “Flight Dispatch Manual,” “Aviation Security,” and “Cargo Security.”
3. What have been some standout moments for you since joining AirLink?
Professionally, our company is growing at an exceptional rate. There’s something new to learn and challenges to tackle every day. On a personal note, what I treasure most are our “Posadas” in December, which provide an opportunity for the team to relax and strengthen our bonds.
4. How do you collaborate with team members to ensure seamless operations?
Given our rapid growth, there’s always something new to learn and new challenges to face. Teamwork is crucial, and our “Posadas” in December offer a great chance to connect and reinforce our collaborative spirit.
5. What challenges do you frequently encounter in your role, and how do you address them?
The most significant challenges are inspections by the Aviation Authority. We have to be thoroughly prepared and organized to pass these audits. However, we face diverse challenges every day that test and hone our skills.
6. Do you have a particular success story you’d like to share?
AirLink was the first air ambulance service in our country to receive its SMS certification, a fact that makes me incredibly proud.
7. How do you envision the future of aviation and your role in the industry?
Aviation is among the most rapidly evolving industries. New technologies are continually emerging that reduce costs, improve aircraft performance, and enhance automation. Personally, I see myself continuing to work in operations, adapting to new challenges that arise.
8. What excites you the most about innovations or changes in the field of aviation security and operations?
Security and operations are quite different, but both are evolving rapidly. In the security realm, new technologies are always emerging to prevent unauthorized interference. Regarding operations, there are new requirements for implementing technologies like surveillance, navigation, and communication systems.
9. What hobbies or interests do you pursue outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy teaching at the university, flying on flight simulators, going to the movies, and watching football.
10. How do you continue to develop professionally in your field?
Continuous learning and growth are imperative in our ever-changing environment.