ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

ZAL is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic & research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world’s third-largest civil aviation site, following the motto: Future. Created in Hamburg.


Hydrogen power for humanitarian missions: ZAL GmbH and drone manufacturer Wingcopter launch development partnership

ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH and Wingcopter, the German developer and operator of delivery drones, have announced a development partnership. Together, they intend to explore the potential of green hydrogen to power Wingcopter's drones, which are already purely electric, and develop a sustainable, hydrogen-based propulsion system. The propulsion system will later be produced by Wingcopter itself and installed in its delivery drones.

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ZAL Topping-Out Ceremony: Construction Workers and Researchers Celebrate ZAL Expansion!

Just in November, the foundation stone was laid for the 8,000 square meter extension. Now, a little over six months later, construction workers and researchers are celebrating the traditional topping-out ceremony together. There is great anticipation and excitement among all parties involved. The progress of the construction now clearly reveals what will soon be completed: new hangar space and laboratories for collaborative research, conference rooms, and offices.


ZAL and H3 Dynamics Join Forces on Hydrogen Aviation Research

ZAL GmbH and H3 Dynamics, a Singaporean technology scale-up, have signed a MoU to collaborate on projects developing hydrogen use in aviation and advanced air mobility in Hamburg at ZAL TechCenter. The signing took place during the Paris Air Show by ZAL’s CEO Roland Gerhards and Taras Wankewycz, founder and CEO of H3 Dynamics.


Renewal of the partnership between ZAL and CRIAQ

We are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ZAL GmbH and CRIAQ (Consortium de Recherche et d'Innovation en Aérospatiale au Québec) at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. The objective of this cooperation agreement is to facilitate cross-border research and technology projects in the aerospace industry. Under this agreement, ZAL and CRIAQ will work together to promote research and innovation between aerospace industry professionals, universities and research centers. Together, we will expand networking events, coordinate public-private funded R&T projects, and engage in forward-looking activities.


Would you fly AI? How to certify AI Systems

In der Luftfahrt gibt es große Hoffnungen für Künstliche Intelligenz (KI). Potenzielle Anwendungen reichen von der Erkennung von Landebahnen bis zum Autopiloten der Zukunft. Weitere Anwendungsbereiche könnten die Planung von verbrauchsoptimierten Flugrouten oder die visuelle Qualitätskontrolle während der Flugzeugmontage sein. Um jedoch in der Luftfahrt eingesetzt zu werden, müssen Verfahren entwickelt werden, um KI-Systeme zu zertifizieren und damit ihre Sicherheit nachzuweisen.


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