Chiel Wijnheijmer
After graduating college in 1975 I attended Delft University of Technology, Aerospace Department. In the following years as a student the opportunity was given to be trained as a Commercial Pilot. This training was part of my curriculum and was carried out by what is now called KLM Flight Academy. After graduating (MSc.) Delft University of Technology I joined KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines in January 1985. My first assignment was as co-pilot on the McDonell Douglas DC-9. When KLM introduced the Boeing 737 as a replacement for the DC-9 fleet, I had the opportunity to join the introduction team. After groundschool, simulator-training and aircraft training at the Boeing company in Seattle, I joined the (KLM) simulator acceptance team at the CAE factory in Montreal. The B-737-300 simulator was accepted and delivered during the course of 1986/1987. Two simulator projects (both CAE built) followed: Fokker-100 and Boeing 737-400. Especially the latter one was challenging as it was on a tight 12 month time-schedule and it would be used for Zero Flight Training from the first day on. Nowadays common practice, however at that time, given also the state of computer technology, regarded as a new development with its own requirements to the level of simulation. As a simulator acceptance pilot I was responsible for the project to bring the simulator up to Ready For Training, working with a team of specialists from KLM. The assignment as Simulator Acceptance Pilot was followed as team member responsible for the cockpit configuration of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft for KLM. This involved a.o. negotiations with Boeing specialist to introduce new technology like sattelite communication and datalink in existing aircraft design (B-767) and ensuring mixed fleet flying operation (B-737- 300/400 versus B-737-800). Our team succesfully negociated with Boeing to accept proposals deviating from the initial specification. For KLM I initiated the development