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 Innovation Talk – Sustainable Aviation Fuels 5 Years from Now!

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are one of the hottest topics in aviation right now. A recent study by ZAL partner Sustainable Aero Lab shows that public interest for the segment has surged in the last months, bringing it to the global main stage. This seems logical, as in the short- and medium-term, SAF is regarded as a key driver to lower CO2 emissions in aviation.


Time Sensitive Networking or who has priority on the data highway?

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) is a collection of industry standards that extends conventional Ethernet with various procedures and protocols. The idea is to avoid delays or losses in data transmission and thus guarantee high reliability - especially when the network load is high. For the cabin, for example, TSN enables a shared network.


Call for slammers!

17, 18, 19... 21? That's right! After a one-year break, the Science Slam by ZAL and Hamburg Aviation goes into the next round. And we are looking for you! On September 22, you'll have the opportunity to entertain your audience with a witty 10-minute slam!


ZAL Discourse – Additive Manufacturing & Supply Chains

Our speakers Jesse Boyer from Pratt & Whitney as well as Raytheon Technologies and Henricus Engelmann from Materialise showed at the "Online ZAL Discourse: Additive Manufacturing & Supply Chains" on March 24 which challenges, potentials and success stories are associated with additive manufacturing and supply chains.


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