In 2017, Belgian student Kobe Geerts was with us for six weeks as part of his studies in Aviation Technology from Ostend. We caught up with him in June 2019 to chat about his experiences at The Yorkshire Air Museum and how his career in technology and engineering was working out. Here’s his guest blog post.
My journey started 5 years ago. I was 19 years old and aviation was kind of an addiction to me. It was clear that I wanted to do something in this industry, so I started Aviation Technology at the college of Ostend. It was a wonderful time where I met other aviation geeks and the course was a good mix between technology and aviation.
During the last year, the student must do an internship. I wanted a little adventure and decided to go abroad. After some mailing, I got a positive reply from the Yorkshire Air Museum. I prepared my stay in York and in April 2017 I swapped Belgium with the UK for 6 weeks.
The first impression of the museum was amazing. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The people were full of passion and their interest and knowledge in aviation was beyond my expectation. From the first moment I met them, they took me with them in their projects. For example, Graham Buckle, a guy who is doing a great job with the restauration of a Meteor 788, took us with him and shared all his knowledge with us.
I learned a lot about the history of aviation, about York during the war and about the typical traditions of England, like ‘fish and chips’ and three ‘teatimes’ a day. The museum was in my opinion the best choice for an internship. A lot of the people were volunteers, they were every day available for all my questions. The amazing 6 weeks were finished before I was missing home and it was time for my ‘Brexit’.
A few months later I graduated in Ostend and had to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Everybody comes to this point and I think for everybody this is a hard choice. The most logic option would have been to work for some aviation company in Belgium. But for some reason I decided to look in other industries too. In October 2017 I swapped the kerosene for hydrogen and I started to work for Hydrogenics, a company which is specialized in hydrogen solutions, with a worldwide customer network. Because of this worldwide aspect, this is for me sort of a dream job.
I’m not working on aircrafts, but I love the job I’m doing now. If you would ask me if I would do my internship again in York, I wouldn’t hesitate a second. The experience is something you take with you for the rest of your life. I hope to visit the museum again soon and thanks to everybody who was there to make this trip unforgettable. And never say never, maybe one day the museum will have an aircraft on hydrogen.