Laboratories for research projects and courses

Research aircraft DA40-V1

The Flexible Platform provides an efficient basis for fly-by-wire systems and thus for the Easy Handling Control System for general aviation aircraft. The ILS operates a Diamond DA40-V1 research aircraft for the practical testing of these approaches. The scaffolded measurement platform allows comprehensive measurement and test flights to be carried out and at the same time enables students to deepen their knowledge of engineering studies in a practice-oriented manner. Thus, in the course of the Flight Measurement Technology seminar, students acquire not only the theoretical fundamentals of measurement quantity acquisition and measurement data synchronization, but also practical knowledge for planning and carrying out a flight measurement campaign.

Easy Handling flightsimulator

In order to validate novel HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) and flight control concepts, a simulator is needed that stimulates the different levels of perception as extensively as possible. Against this background, a prototype flight simulator was set up at ILS to validate the Easy Handling Control concept.

The simulator reproduces the flight characteristics of the DA40-V1 aircraft identified in the flight test. The integrated touchscreen controllers enable efficient evaluation of new operating concepts, such as those that are becoming increasingly important in the context of future Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) applications.

Autoflight- and Cockpit-System-Simulator

The Institute of Aviation Systems has an A320 flight simulator equipped with an FMGS (Flight Management & Guidance System) certified for pilot training. The simulator is used for teaching purposes within the lecture "Autoflight and Air Traffic Management". The students use it to train flight preparation and operation of the Autoflight system, as well as the associated flight execution.

Among other things, the focus is on introducing students to the interdisciplinary HMI problem (HMI: Human-Machine-Interface), which is becoming an important topic for aeronautical engineers due to the introduction of data-based "Air Traffic Management" as part of the SESAR and NextGen research programs.

Flexible Avionics Platform / HiL

In order to integrate fly-by-wire systems into aircraft of the classes CS23 (general aviation), CS25 (air transport) and CS27/29 (helicopters) and to obtain an airworthiness certificate for them, comprehensive tests and consequently powerful test facilities are required. The HiL (Hardware in the Loop test rig - open and closed loop) is one such facility. The HiL developed by the ILS is characterized by the fact that it enables (fault) stimulations to be performed simultaneously from outside and inside the hardware modules of a fly-by-wire or avionics system in real-time operation. The HiL automatically executes the necessary test procedures. This execution can also be done remotely via an Internet connection. In the context of FlySmart, for example, the tests on the fly-by-wire system of the DA42 in Wiener Neustadt were carried out under control from Stuttgart. In a simplified version, such facilities are also available to students as part of practical courses in the master's degree program.

Flexible Avionics Platform / AAA-Process

The central component of the Flexible Platform is the AAA tool suite. Based on a high-level model-related system specification, it enables

Axx .... The automated instantiation of the middleware for all modules of an instance of the Flexible Avionics Platform.

xAx ... The automated generation of all related certification-relevant system design, software requirements and software design documents

xxA ... The automatic generation of the test cases derived from the system design, software requirements and software design documents up to the test scripts of the test procedures that are automatically executed on the HiL of the Flexible Avionics Platform.

Adaptive Platform

An adaptive cabin management system was built to evaluate the Adaptive Avionics Platform. The cabin management system is capable of executing cabin functions, such as cabin audio and cabin lighting, autonomously, fault-tolerantly and deterministically. The user has to plug together the computers and sensors (e.g. handset, loudspeaker, light control, reading lamp) in the desired arrangement and select the system functions to be executed. The system is then put into operation in a dedicated operating phase, called the organization phase, with the help of a central organization computer. During this phase, the Adaptive Platform is automatically set up according to the connected hardware. The demonstrator is continuously extended with new functions, serves to try out new concepts and offers students the opportunity to participate practically in adaptive avionics platforms.

IMA Laboratory



This image shows Reinhard Reichel

Reinhard Reichel

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of institute


Institut für Luftfahrtsysteme

Pfaffenwaldring 27, 70569 Stuttgart

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