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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This is the right place to get to know the ZAL TechCenter better! Discover the research center on a virtual tour and learn more about our topics, infrastructure, and cooperation partners.

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ZAL Yearbook 2019

Here you find the digital version of the ZAL Yearbook 2019 (ZAL-YB-019). All ZAL yearbooks are published annually in english.

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News and Events

Project ANKA, the Autonomous Sustainable Cabin

The LuFo 6.1 research project ANKA, short for the autonomous sustainable cabin, was launched in October 2020. On this project, ZAL GmbH is working closely with the interior noise department of Airbus. The goal is to develop new measurement and simulation methods for the quiet cabin.


ZAL Innovation Accelerator – Go Fast For Innovation

There are many ideas for new projects. But when is it worth investing time and money? The good must be put in the dish, the bad you may eat if you wish. Our specialists Dr. Matthias Bonk and Niels Hennemann, together with experts, sort the wheat from the chaff - using sound and proven methods


ZAL Digital Pre-Christmas Meet

On December 15, ZAL hosted the last digital get-together of the old year. The participants got together in the festively decorated digital ZAL Innovation Marketplace. Since they couldn´t meet up in person, they joined in virtually


Digital TechWalk – Research made at Hamburg’s ZAL!

On November 24, ZAL TechCenter hosted the virtual 'TechWalk'-event for the very first time. One by one the experts presented three projects that are currently being researched at ZAL. Meanwhile, the moderator moved through the building to the places of demonstration and interviewed them on their respective projects.



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