Dr Fassi Kafyeke joined Bombardier in 1982. In 1996 he became Chief of Advanced Aerodynamics, responsible for the design and testing for all Business Jets, Regional jets and the CSeries airliner. In 2007 he became Director of Strategic Technology and since 2015 is a Senior Director and a member of the Bombardier Product Development Engineering Leadership team, responsible for technology innovation, products innovation and Eco-design.

Fassi Kafyeke has an Aerospace Engineering Master’s degree from Université de Liège, a Master’s degree (Air Transport Engineering) from the Cranfield Institute of Technology and a PhD (Aerodynamics) from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Always seek excellence, even if it requires more effort upfront, because excellence is always the best choice.


What attracted you to the aerospace sector?

The dream of flying and the challenge of designing beautiful airplanes.


What is your vision for the UK aerospace sector in the next 15 – 20 years?

The UK aerospace sector has all the elements needed to succeed in the future:  A strong aviation tradition, a diversified industrial foundation, and key universities and research centres specialised in aviation. With continued strong support from the UK government for collaborative research and technology, the sector can focus its research on key technology areas that will help ensure its future competitiveness.


If you could change one element of technology, or a particular type of technology in the sector, what would that be?

Thermodynamic propulsion.  We still need to burn fuel to power airplanes, thus producing noise and greenhouse gases.  If we could move to electric propulsion, this would make our industry cleaner.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

To be always rigorous and seek excellence


What are your key successes to date?

The very innovative airplanes produced by Bombardier and sold worldwide in the business jet and commercial airline markets.  Innovations include the Belfast-generated composite wing technology for the C Series aircraft.


Describe your ideal day away from work?

A quiet day in a botanical garden with a good historical thriller book.


Who inspires you the most?

In my profession, Theodore Von Karman


What is your golden rule?

Always seek excellence, even if it requires more effort upfront, because excellence is always the best choice.



Fassi will be one of our keynote speakers at ATI Conference 2017: Realising Ambition, and will be speaking on Day One.