Mikael Shamim

“Following a remarkable academic track record, Mikael has been fortunate to collaborate with exceptional professionals. He complemented his commercial engineering degree (UAntwerp / JWGU), with an MBA (SDA Bocconi / Columbia GSB). During seven years he worked as a management consultant (Accenture & Bain) and another ten years in industry (Toyota& Kärcher).  As of 2014, he focused on (re)organization roles within the healthcare sector. Mikael’s often refreshing ideas bring life to the debate.  He has been asked to speak at conferences on change management and healthcare organisation in Europe, the America’s and Asia.

Having spent his youth sailing (navigating) the world, Mikael realized an old dream and obtained his Private Pilot Licence (PPL-A) in 2009.  He flies Piper Warrior III and Robin DR400 at the Royal Antwerp Aviation Club.  Joining the age of (aerial) robotisation, he additionally obtained his class 1 drone pilot license (RPL-R). Following clients’ requirements for drone based medical transport solutions, the Helicus Aero Initiative (HAI) was launched aimed at aerial logistics solutions for the healthcare sector. “


Leading organizations partner in the Helicus Aero Initiative (HAI) to develop aerial logistics solutions for the health care sector. 

Our vision is to enable fast, reliable, affordable and qualitative medical transport such as biological samples and medicines between health care centers. To overcome the limitations of traditional ground transport, risking traffic congestion and road accidents, critical medical cargo will be carried  by drones. This solution leverages state-of-the-art technologies to enable a safer, faster, more sustainable and efficient logistics aerial alternative. 

As of 2018 missions are flown in the Droneport test area.  Urban UTM compliant missions will be flown between three hospitals after the summer as part of the EC U-space program.  These will be followed by 10 urban inter-hospital routes in Antwerp and Hasselt that will be interfaced with the USP/ANSP.  Thereafter regular flights will take place at three major Helicus pilot hospital groups in 2020.


As an integrator and operator, Helicus coordinates this initiative that includes hospital groups, air traffic control authorities, traffic management platform suppliers, drone manufacturers, software development companies, telecom operators, universities and service companies offering test infrastructure and insurance solutions.

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