Jolana is a Honeywell Aerospace Engineer whose aviation career is flying high as she develops safer, greener and more friendly air travel


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In conversation with a Honeywell Aerospace Engineer

In conversation with a Honeywell Aerospace Engineer

Jolana Dvorska is an Aerospace Engineer with Honeywell. Flying has always been her passion and she has been with Honeywell for nearly 10 years, based in the Czech Republic.

Jolana is quite literally a jet-setter, as she designs new ways for aircraft to navigate and land very precisely and leads technical aspects of the European Union’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program. Below, she shares her career journey.

Pursuing a lifelong dream and becoming an Aerospace Engineer

It always seemed likely that Jolana would grow up to find herself in an enginering career. She says: "I have always liked flying and airplanes. And I’ve always liked math and engineering. I always knew that I wanted a career in engineering although originally I wanted to build robots! And then during university I was looking at navigation and that brought me to the aerospace industry."

A job involving making areospace a safer place to be

So, what does Jolana's job involve? She says: "Our teams develop technologies that help aerospace become even safer, greener, and more friendly to the people who live near airports, by enabling aircraft to fly different approaches, use less fuel in the process, and make very accurate landings and flight plans." 

Asked why so many people still have a fear of flying, Jolana responds: "I think to some extent it is relinquishing control – you drive your own car to the airport, or at least you probably know how the car works if you are being driven by someone else. But for most people that is not the case when flying, which is an unnatural thing for people to do anyway. Particularly during take-off and landing, or when the weather is bad, the aircraft moves about a lot and it's understandable people find this disconcerting. But the work that goes into aviation safety is unique – it really is our number one priority."

Making a difference for air travel passengers

Jolana's work helps passengers by making flights more timely and reliable, helps communities near airports by minimizing aircraft noise, and helps operators, by helping them more easily avoid bad weather and meet more stringent punctuality targets.

She says: "We are working on greater automation for aviation to provide additional safety benefits, and improvements in scheduling and airspace capacity. The development of these systems takes time and their benefits are incremental. But by designing and improving these kinds of future aircraft technologies, we are making a big difference to the way we fly in the long term."

Every day is different and that makes work exciting

And the best thing about Jolana's job? She says: "The best thing is that every day is different. I am motivated by the fact that we are helping to build the future of aerospace with amazing state-of-the-art technologies. That’s a huge deal and to have the opportunity be part of something as important as that, and work with some of the finest scientists and engineers around the world on it, is really exciting." 

Many achievements to celebrate

There are several technical projects that Jolana is particularly proud of, not just for herself but for the whole team that worked on them. One project, which involved large scale demonstrations to prove Honeywell's system was viable, won an award from the EU’s Single European Sky for Innovation.

"Overall, I’m proud of what we have achieved as an engineering and flight operations team, and more broadly across the whole of the Advanced Technology group here in Brno," says Jolana. "Over the last decade, I’ve seen us establish a great reputation externally for engineering excellence and that is something I am privileged to be part of." 

Encouraging more women into aerospace 

"I’d love to see more women in this industry," says Jolana. "I think the emphasis needs to be placed on encouraging all young people, regardless of gender or background, to help them accomplish amazing things and achieve their goals. We have initiatives at Honeywell that are giving students the chance to job shadow, showcase the opportunities that are in store if they choose a career in engineering, and inspire them as they complete their science, technology, engineering, and math studies. In all cases, I encourage young people to carve out a career doing something they are passionate about."

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