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The Institute

The Institute of Flight Systems and Automatic Control (FSR) performs application oriented research in the area of aeronautical systems engineering. Main goal is the development of innovative technologies to enhance flight safety. Recently, also the efficiency of aviation as well as environmental aspects came into our focus. Some actual research subjects are human-machine-interaction in the cockpit, advanced surface movement guidance and control, pilot assistance systems, the management of heterogeneous air traffic in congested airspace and the noise and emission impact of departure and landing procedures. Further subjects are the ever increasing automation of flight culminating in fully autonomous operations. Many projects are carried out in close collaboration with aviation industry.

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Lift off!


FSR offers lectures in control theory, flight mechanics, air traffic management and navigation. The modules address bachelor and master students mainly of mechanical engineering, aviation, traffic and transport, mechatronics and robotics. The institute also offers a choice of seminars, tutorials and practicals. In summer, flight experiments are conducted using TUD's motor powered glider Grob G-109b. Students are welcome to join our research projects to write their bachelor and master theses. All courses are held in German.