Studying at the Institute for Aircraft Design

This page provides information on the courses offered by the Institute of Aerospace Engineering and the module "Aeronautical Engineering". This area combines the institute's courses with courses offered by other institutes to allow students to put a special focus on the interactions between the basic disciplines aerodynamics, structure, propulsion and systems in the complex overall system.

Please note that most courses and examinations are in German language. For further information please refer to TUM-Online or the websites of the respective institutes.

Courses at the Institute of Aircraft Design

Recommended course of study for the courses offered by the Institute of Aircraft Design:

The lecture Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering depicts major terms and topics of aviation. All other courses offered at the institute are based in this lecture.
The lecture Aircraft Design deepens the contents presented in the lecture Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering and aims at portraying methods and techniques applied in aircraft conceptual design.
During the summer semester, the lecture Operational Aspects of Aviation and the practical course Aviation Scenarios are additionally offered.
The lecture Fundamentals of Aircraft Operations offered during the winter semester covers a multi-disciplinary range of topics in the field of aircraft and air traffic operations with focus on commercial air transport.
The practical course Aircraft Design offers the opportunity to practically apply the techniques taught in the Aircraft Design lecture within a real-life aircraft design project.
The practical course CAD in Aircraft Design is offered during both the winter and the summer term and can be attended without prior knowledge in the field of aeronautical engineering.
The practical block course Technology Assessment in Aviation that is offered between the winter and the summer term demonstrates major methods and techniques used in requirements elicitation and analysis, innovation management, and technology assessment that are applied before the actual aircraft development activities start.
In order to work on student theses at the institute, students are generally required to attend the lecture Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering.

Specialisation "Luftfahrttechnik" (Aeronautical Engineering)

The aircraft system is characterized by multidisciplinary interrelations between different components and systems, as well as interdependency of design, structure, aerodynamics and propulsion. These interdependencies in particular and the resulting design decisions determine the performance and efficiency of the aircraft system to a large extent. The diversified requirements for the use of an aircraft in the complete system of air transportation leads to a multitude of designs, which are developed and evaluated in multidisciplinary development processes.

The specialisation “Luftfahrttechnik” (Aeronautical Engineering) teaches a basic knowledge for the physical relations and phenomena in aircraft design as well as the integration of the aircraft system in air transportation. Particularly the interdisciplinary interdependencies of the areas aerodynamics, structures, propulsion and systems in the complete complex system are shown in examples of civil and military applications.

Fundamental Courses

Free choice

Specialized Courses

Course Lecturer Department LRNR Semester SWS
Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering Hornung Hajek LLS / HT MW0196 WS 3
Aerodynamics of Aircraft I Breitsamter AER MW0007 WS 3
Aerodynamics of Aircraft II – Configurations Breitsamter AER MW0008 SS 3
Composite Materials Baier LLB MW0037 WS 3
Flight Propulsion 1 and Gas Turbines* Kau LFA MW0510 WS 3
Flight Propulsion 2 Kau LFA MW0043 SS 3
Flight Mechanics 1* Holzapfel FSD MW0832 WS 3
Flight Control 1 Holzapfel FSD MW0838 WS 3
Aircraft Design Hornung LLS MW0047 SS 3
Light Weight Structures * Baier LLB MW0062 WS 3
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Baier LLB MW0085 SS 3
Systems Engineering Walter LRT MW0124 SS 3
+ one course from total course catalogue can be chosen.

* course is mandatory in Aerospace Engineering major for masters and diploma
SWS: semester hours per week

Supplemental Courses (Recommendation)

Course Lecturer Department LRNR Semester SWS
Operational Aspects in Aviation Hornung LLS MW0889 SS 2
Aircraft Systems (planned) Hornung LLS ? WS 2
Aeroelasticity Breitsamter AER WS 2
Project Management for Engineers Göttel IWB WS 2
Applied CFD Hickel AER SS 2

Practical Courses (Recommendation)

Course Lecturer Department LRNR Semester SWS
CAD in Aircraft Design/CATIA V5 Hornung LLS MW0265 WS, SS 4
Air Transport Scenarios Hornung LLS MW0747 SS 4
Aircraft Design Hornung LLS MW1693 WS 4
Smart Structures Baier LLB WS/SS 4
Aerodynamics of Aircraft Breitsamter AER WS 4
Flight Guidance Holzapfel FSD WS, SS 4
Flight Test Basics Holzapfel FSD WS, SS 4

Recommendations for other Specialisations


Responsibility for the Course Specialisation

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mirko Hornung

Consultation to the Course Specialisation

Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Sturm
Consultation by appointment