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10 Questions with Wendelin Tauch

When did you join LFT?

I joined in July 2022, right after returning from a longer vacation.

What is your role as sensor integration & test engineer at LFT?

Setting up test environments and reference systems from mechanical assembly, to software, test drives (or flights). It involves IT, some development tasks, as well as mechanical and engineering tests.

What are you currently working on?

Preparing the next series of tests for a large car manufacturer as well as the next system for flight testing our situational awareness system for helicopters.

What do you like most about your job?

It offers a great mixture of working at your desk, as well as mechanical tasks and going outdoors for real-world tests.

What is special about working for LFT?

It still has the startup feeling, but we are already profitable and growing fast. The founders are exceptionally skilled in their areas, but at the same time great people on a social level.

What has been your best LFT experience so far?

Data acquisition flights in the mountains on board of a helicopter, after being involved in the whole system setup from the beginning.

What is your favorite thing about working at LFT?

I like respectful company culture without the feeling of hierarchies. There is always an expert in the office next door to whom you can talk to and learn something new. Also the flexibility of working hours or working from home. Getting together with our young team members while preparing lunch and learning about life and experiences from other parts of the world.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Hiking, skiing and spending time with friends and family, working on my 1979 VW Bay Window Bus.

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with LFT?

Other than the corporate helicopter (who needs a jet)? Our own large indoor testing area to implement advanced testing methods.

What advice do you have for prospective LFT candidates?

If you can choose between a “safe” job and one where you can learn and grow, invest in yourself and choose the learning. Smaller companies allow a higher level of involvement in decision-making.