When Group Maes started with the spin-off drone-company Aetos Drones, it was foretold that Lieve Van Gijsel would reach for the stars. Literally and figuratively. She knew the advantages of working with a drone: “Some inspections, such as for windmills, can be carried out faster and more efficiently with a drone.”

Aetos Drones focuses on inspections of industrial plants, wind turbines and power lines, but also on projects in agriculture and construction. “For the construction industry, we can calculate volumes with a drone. In agriculture, we can investigate crops: are they healthy, are they irrigated enough?”

Lieve Van Gijsel is also part of the steering committee of EUKA as Captain of the Drone Industry. We asked her a few questions about the future of the drone industry and what it means to her.