Bernard van Dijk

Airplane performance lecturer at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Bernard van Dijk graduated from the university of applied science (HTS) in Haarlem in 1982 in aeronautical engineering. He began his career working for five years for a computer company in high resolution video controllers. In 1987 he started working for KLM as a ground school instructor and a flight operations engineer. Parallel to this he was employed as a freelancer at various flight schools as a theory instructor for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence. In 2005 he started working at the University of Applied Science in Amsterdam as a lecturer in physics, aerodynamics, airplane performance and stability and control.

Area of hydrogen expertise: Aviation


Written by Bernard van Dijk

Hydrogen in aviation: Explainer video with Bernard van Dijk

In this new explainer video, our member Bernard van Dijk investigates if hydrogen is a viable decarbonisation solution as an aircraft fuel and debunks some commonly made statements on hydrogen for aircraft.

Hydrogen for aircraft – number crunching the solution, or the hoax

Hydrogen is often claimed as a solution for hard to decarbonise sectors like as aviation. But is it really feasible to decarbonise the aviation sector with hydrogen? To really unpick this, let’s crunch some numbers.

Bernard van Dijk in the media


Is hydrogen power the right path for aviation?

The aviation industry is focused on hydrogen as the zero emissions fuel of the future, with a 100-seater or larger airliner touted for 2035. But the challenges to make it a reality are formidable.


New cadre aims to ‘bring concrete evidence back into H2 debate, free from industry bias’

An independent expert group of scientists, academics and engineers has today launched a new advisory body — the Hydrogen Science Coalition (HSC) — that aims to bring “concrete evidence back into the hydrogen debate, free from industry bias”.


‘Hydrogen for heating and road transport is not efficient and does not make economic sense’

A group of concerned scientists write an open letter to the UK government to warn of the inefficiencies and added expense of using H2 in sectors where electric alternatives are cheaper.

The Independent

Scientists ‘concerned’ over government plans for hydrogen home heating

Letter to prime minister says government should take a cautious approach to fossil-fuel based ‘blue hydrogen’, Daisy Dunne reports.