PAL-V appoints former Fokker and GKN Executive Mike van den Broek as COO
Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands, November 2021.
Now PAL-V is nearing the series production of the world’s first flying car, the PAL-V Liberty, the company has completed its executive team by appointing Mike van den Broek as Chief Operations Officer (COO). He will lead the expansion of the production and maintenance activities of PAL-V.
Within Fokker and GKN, Mike has worked in various roles and on many different projects that involved iconic aircraft like the Airbus A350, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing’s P8, and recently the Bell V280 Valor Future Vertical Lift. Fokker and GKN are leading aviation and car part supplier in the world. Apart from Mike’s work on these aircraft programs he was also involved in the formation and success of an Aerospace joint venture in India.
“What intrigued me is the opportunity to work on creating a whole new industry that will change our mobility forever. Being able to use sustainable air mobility to go from any door to any door in the world is going to be a game-changer in our life and that of future generations. “The PAL-V Liberty is just the start for us”: says Mike van den Broek, COO of PAL-V. “As a leader in Advanced Air mobility, PAL-V has the opportunity to be a dominant player in the world in this new industry. We just need the final push to air certification and the sky in is no longer the limit. It’s amazing to see how much work has been done already and how near we are in delivering the PAL-V Liberty to the market.”
"It’s amazing to see how much work has been done already and how near we are in delivering the PAL-V Liberty to the market.”
- Mike van den Broek
After obtaining the road admission last year and the issuance of EASA’s detailed certification basis for the PAL-V Liberty, PAL-V is now in the final phase to complete the airworthiness certification. Mike will play a crucial role in the preparation of all the operations that are required to produce and service the PAL-V Liberty once the airworthiness certification is obtained.
As Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V says; “As our team is growing to well over 100 employees, it’s important for us to balance the many young talents with senior people like Mike. He brings a wealth of aviation experience and knows very well what it takes to bring a new product to the market. We are looking forward to pushing PAL-V to the final milestone together: aviation certification of the PAL-V Liberty as well as the whole company.”