Beacon of Research & Technology


Hamburg's Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

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 State of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world's third largest civil aviation location in Hamburg. Working together closely with the aviation cluster, Hamburg Aviation, ZAL bundles the technological competence of the city in a single facility thereby creating synergy.

ZAL's focus is on the integration and industrialisation of aviation technologies. To achieve this, ZAL networks industry and science, establishing an application-oriented innovation culture, and making the very latest research and development infrastructure available to its partners. The ZAL moderates exchange and coordination on following research and innovation points.

  • Thematic focusing in close consultation with industry partners
  • Funded projects: Development of competencies and services
  • Industry Projects: Focus on thematic or technological niches

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ZAL TechCenter

Guided by the motto of research and developent "under one roof", ZAL moved into its own facility, the TechCenter, in 2016. With a working area of almost 26,000 square meters (280,000 square feet), the ZAL TechCenter provides space for around 600 workplaces in offices, laboratories, and hangars. Equipped with a high quality research and test infrastructure for selected aeronautical fields, the facility drives the industrialization of new technologies. Three Centers of Competence (CoC) in ZAL, Aircraft Manufacturing & MRO, Cabin & Systems and Digitalization Technologies, reflect Hamburg’s research and technology focus.