Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung

ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

Future. Created in Hamburg.

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.

Corona and Aviation


ZAL CEO Roland Gerhards predicts permanent changes in aviation due to Corona. In an interview with Hamburg Aviation he reveals how to remain optimistic in spite of this.

Listen to our Podcast (German)   

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Aviation CEOs live interviews

“Aviation CEOs in a live interview: Why aviation should focus on research right now”

This and other topics are discussed with ZAL shareholders from Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, DLR, City of Hamburg and others.

Kick-off event of the new digital ZAL series was an interview with Professor Rolf Henke Executive Board Member for Aeronautics Research and Technology at DLR:

Watch the interview here.


Next event: tba

More ZAL events: Click here.

Virtual Tour

Get to know ZAL TechCenter and discover the research center on a virtual tour. Find out more about our topics and infrastructure

For example, discover our newly established AI Aviation Lab.

Innovation and R&T

From A for “AI” to Z for “ZAL Fuel Cell Lab”, we link topics and technologies with each other to drive innovations. We offer direct access to a first-class network of experts and state-of-the-art research infrastructure through our unique working environment at the ZAL TechCenter. As a small Mittelstand company, ZAL GmbH is the ideal partner when it comes to fast and agile technology solutions. From consulting and feasibility studies to project solutions and customized prototypes – we are happy to help your vision take off!

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Research Infrastructures

As a research platform for civil aviation, technical infrastructure is an important element of ZAL. The infrastructure supports our partners in their efforts to develop technologies or to test their system integration. All infrastructure belongs to ZAL and can be rented over different periods of time. The idea is that joint use creates synergies from which all partners benefit equally.

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Research Partners

The success of ZAL can be attributed to its research partners. Currently more than 30 partners are working together under one roof. Our partners are from industry, suppliers, scientific institutions, start-ups and small Mittelstand companies.

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