Sabca at AIRTEC Oct 26-28 2021, MTC Munich, Germany
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Thibauld Jongen, Drone lab SABCA Bruxelles, Airtec 2021
AIRTEC, Airtec Conference, Exhibitor, Speaker




Yes to AIRTEC 21, because at Sabca it is our mission to drive the sustainable development of the aerospae industry and be an actor for change and efficiency.


“Intelligent autonomous drone systems can simplify your daily operations. Complex and recurrent tasks can now be performed at lower cost and with almost zero carbon footprint. We at Sabca-uas, a spin off from the aerospace group Sabca, are specialised in designing, integrating and operating unmanned aerial systems to meet customers needs. We step in when aviation grade solutions are required, and missions are performed in safety critical conditions.”



CEO SABCA Group – a Blueberry Company





The Sabca Group conducts operations from the three Belgian regions (Brussels Capital Region, Charleroi in Wallonia, and Lummen in Flanders), as well as from Casablanca, Morocco. Today, Sabca benefits from a large palette of expertise, built over its 100 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, maintaining, and upgrading large and complex elements for aircraft and space launchers. Its customers and partners belong to the elite of the aerospace industry.


Sabca offers a full range of services to the civil, space and military aviation markets and expanded into the commercial Unmanned Autonomous Systems market as an integrator of aerospace-grade solutions for the industry, providing all-in)one custom-made industrial UAS solutions.


Sabca is a part of Blueberry, a unique industrial ecosystem in the Belgian aerospace industry which is owned by Sabena Aerospace (holding company) and by the Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissements (SFPI/FPIM). Through its subsidiaries, Blueberry is active in the design, development and manufacture of aviation and aerospace equipment, offers maintenance services for aircraft and brings solutions to drive the sustainable development of the industry as a whole. In doing so, the group addresses its customers business needs from end-to-end. For more information:






CEO SABCA Group – a Blueberry Company




Aviation safety role in advanced air mobility: Lessons from offshore UAS developments

  • About Sabca
  • From aviation safety to aerospace grade end-to-end solutions
  • Key technologies & regulations for airspace integration
  • Offshore operations: use cases & lessons learned






2016 – Present 

Chief Executive Officer, Sabca Group 

Sabca Group is one of the major Belgian Aerospace & Defence industry players, with 100 years of experience in the design & manufacture of complex assemblies and systems for aviation, space, defence, and industrial markets. 


2010 – 2016 

Managing Director, Cenco International, a business unit of Safran Aero Boosters 

Cenco International provides turnkey solutions for aerospace engine test facilities everywhere in the world, and for a wide range of international customers (OEM, MRO, Government,…). 


2015 – 2016 

President of the Safran Group Testing Committee 

The Committee overseeing all testing needs, practices, and results for all the Safran Group companies and developing best practices, standards, and governance. 


2003 – 2010 

Sales & Strategy Director, Cenco International, a business unit of Safran Aero Boosters 


1998 – 2003 

Corporate R&D Program Director, Unilever (The Netherlands – United Kingdom – USA) 

Research & Development – manufacturing processes for complex materials. 




Ecole polytechnique fédérale (Suisse) 

PhD, Computational Fluid Dynamics, 1994 – 1997 


von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics 

Master’s Degree, Fluid Mechanics, 1993 – 1994 

Grade: First of Class 


Delft University of Technology 

Engineer’s degree, Fluid Mechanics, 1992 – 1993


Université catholique de Louvain 

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Applied Mathematics, 1988 – 1993 

Grade: top 3% of class, summa cum laude with congratulations of the Jury for the overall grade 


Université catholique de Louvain 

Batchelor in Philosophy, 1990 – 1992 




  • Invited Research Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center, USA (1997) 
  • Consultant, Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences, George Washington University, USA (1997) 
  • Invited Professor (2000 – 2009), Paris Orsay University
    Lecturer for the Master Program “Fluid Dynamics and Transport Phenomena” 
  • Lawrence Fellow (2000) for research achievements and potential (selected amongst 450 international candidates), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 
  • Unilever Research Prize – presented the scientific lecture for the Research Prize 2000 ceremony, Unilever Research 
  • Ryhming Prize (1999) for the most original and significant Ph.D. contribution to the field of Fluid Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 
  • von Kàrmàn Prize (1994) for the best research and overall results, von Kàrmàn Institute for Fluid Dynamics 
  • Referee for the AIChE Journal, the AIAA Journal, the Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal, Computers & Fluids Journal, and the Flow, Turbulence and Combustion Journal 
  • Author & co-author of more than 45 scientific publications in refereed journals, keynote lectures, booklets, and refereed conference proceedings



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