The original quote is in French of course:

'La peinture, c’est très facile
quand vous ne savez pas comment faire.
Quand vous le savez, c’est très difficile.'

DEGAS was the working title the Ministry used when the decision was made to establish this council. We looked up the painter and found this description:

'Though in retrospect Degas is often referred to as an impressionist, he considered himself a realist, illuminating his notion that reality often lies beyond what the eye can perceive.'

This seemed to be rather relevant to what we intended to do. When we also came across a relevant quote from Degas himself -see the header of this site- we decided DEGAS would remain our name.


The People

Benno Baksteen
- expert aviation
- expert learning culture

Max Drenth
- legal philosopher
- PhD in philosophical ethics

Former Members

Our History

DEGAS, the Dutch Expert Group Aviation Safety, reformed into an independent Advisory Council on November 1, 2011. This decision was driven by the fact that several organizations in domains other than aviation had asked us to help them understand and perhaps adopt the aviation approach to safety and quality.

DEGAS was originally founded by Royal Decree on January 17, 2008 as an Advisory Council on Civil Aviaton Safety for a four year period, back-dated to its actual start of operations on November 1, 2007. We reported to the Minister of Transportation and Waterworks.

In the wake of austerity measures the Cabinet decided not to renew the DEGAS charter, upon which we decided to continue our work as an independent advisory council.

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