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.


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ZAL Discourse: Connected Cabin in Aircraft

In the upcoming ZAL Discourse 'Connected Cabin in Aircraft', various experts will shed light on today's state-of-the-art in the connected aircraft cabin and current projects focusing on new technologies in this field. From new IT architectures to the use of IoT connectivity: Find out about the latest approaches and how your own business could benefit from these technologies.


Circular Economy in the aircraft cabin?

Can aircraft cabins be optimized in terms of sustainability? And if so, where are the challenges? The ZAL team has examined the influence of airplane cabins on sustainability through a structured innovation process. The sustainability of airplane cabins is an important consideration because they are replaced several times during an airplane’s lifespan, and the cabin […]


ZAL Discourse – Automation in Aviation

Can complex processes such as maintenance and repair be automated? What is actually the difference between automatization and automation and where are future fields of application? This was the topic of the last ZAL Discourse “Automation in Aviation” on 25.10.2022. Compared to the automotive industry, automated processes are more difficult to establish in aviation, explained […]


A new lease of life in the service of science

An Airbus A320 is transformed into a field lab for hydrogen technology in Hamburg. The Hydrogen Aviation Lab of Lufthansa Technik, DLR, ZAL and Hamburg Airport is taking shape Hamburg's Senator for Economic Affairs Westhagemann: “We’ve enabled a unique project” Aircraft hull in new design, installation of hydrogen components scheduled for the coming months.


Boarding completed: mint:pink im ZAL

Initiatives such as NAT, mint:pink, ProTechnicale and others are intended to get students excited about (natural) scientific and technical topics. Thanks to committed colleagues, ZAL is a strong supporter of these programs, namely when engineers and researchers at ZAL take the time to talk and give hands-on introductions to their favorite topics.


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