Goals and idea

  • Training of students in the fields of flight mechanics & control, simulation and mechatronics
  • "IronBirdie" test bed for systems of small aircraft for system integration and a hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Development centre for small aircraft in cooperation with the THI wind tunnel
  • Simulation environment for manned simulation of a generic aircraft (transport, fighter or business jet)
  • Ground station for the simulated operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Simulation of manned and unmanned aircraft in the airspace as well as cooperation / coordination during missions
  • Development of concepts for resource-saving flying ("Green Aircraft") and their simulation
  • Operating concepts for aircraft whose systems are highly integrated for the purpose of resource-saving flying.

Laboratory G001

Equipment and activities

Equipment and function

Cockpit Simulator

The Cockpit Simulator recreates a two man cockpit of a commercial transport aircraft with its primary controls. Touch-screen displays allow the presentation of modern flight instrumentation and its further development. The dome projection provides a realistic picture from the cockpit for the pilot.

Equipped with force-feedback control elements, flight handling quality investigations of non-electrically controlled (fly-by-wire) aircraft configurations are also possible.

Implemented aircraft simulations: Airbus A320

Ground Station Simulator

The ground station serves as a workstation for a flight test engineer who monitors test flights or for a possible simulated ground radio station as well as for the control of the simulation software.

Furthermore, the ground station is used for software development.

Small aircraft test stand "IronBirdie"
The test stand "IronBirdie" is a hardware-in-the-loop test stand for the system components of an unmanned small aircraft. Before a first flight, the entire system consisting of developed software and hardware is tested and optimized for the mission parameters.


  • Matlab/Simulink for real-time simulation environment
  • X-Plane 11 for flight physics calculation and environmental representation
  • XHSI for the Cockpit Instrument Display
  • FS-FlightControl as ground station application for: flight simulator control, flight test engineer station and ground stations
  • Various software development environments: Microsoft Visual Studio, Qt Creator, NetBeans and many more

Practical courses accompanying the lectures:

  • Avionics
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft construction
  • Flight Test training

Other activities:

  • Study projects
  • Theses (Bachelor & Master)
  • Industrial Projects
  • Special events: e.g. University information Days, Girls Day, Technology Day, school classes
  • Development, construction and testing of energy-efficient small aircraft
  • Simulation of manned and unmanned aircraft in a common airspace and their cooperation in missions
  • Novel operating concepts for manned and unmanned aircraft under the aspect of resource-saving flying and a fully integrated design of their basic systems

Laboratory management and team

Dean of Studies Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Göllinger
Phone: +49 841 9348-3780
Room: A208
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludwig König
Phone: +49 841 9348-4400
Room: A230
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger
Phone: +49 841 9348-4321
Room: A230