Research & Development


The research and development activities of QPAC include the design and optimization of aircraft and cabin systems, Fly-by-Wire aircraft simulation, compressed/liquefied gas fuel storage systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. QPAC is member of the Association for the Promotion of Applied Aviation Research (ZAL) as well as the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) and is performing projects in close corporation with research institutes and universities like:

  • BTU Cottbus Senftenberg
  • TU Dresden
  • DLR
  • MCGill University
  • Technical University Riga
  • Cranfield University

Actual Research Projects:

  1. EU project “ESTOLAS” which involved development of a hybrid aircraft, with QPAC focus on analysing safety and certification requirements as well as providing computational fluid dynamics support
  2. The 3 years ”Integral back-stepping Control of an Unmanned, Unstable, Fin-less Airship” research project was based at McGill University and sponsored by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  The aim of the project was to advance the technology of unmanned lighter-than-air vehicles (airships) for application in safety/security surveillance & monitoring.
  3. The joint LOG (Liquefied Oil Gas) research project, carried in close cooperation with BTU Cottbus, the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), and the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM), both located in Moscow. The project goal is the development of new technologies for optimized usage of oil gas in thermal engines. Testing of fuels based on Liquefied Oil Gases (LOG) for gas turbine combustors and piston engines.  The QPAC work share in particular involves design, development and testing of a LOG storage tank as well as experimental testing using an Ultralight Aircraft. This project affords good experience to the applicants in the compressed/liquefied gas fuel storage, and aviation applications of such fuel – and acts as the primary stepping stone towards the current proposal.
  4. Air Traffic Simulation in corporation with TU Dresden: Since March 2012 QPAC collaborates with the Institute for Aviation and Logistics (IFL) of traffic Faculty of the Technical University of Dresden. The IFL operates a flight simulator that was extended to QPAC A320 functionality.
  5. A320 Simulation in corporation with the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance 

Latest Publications:

Sparr, H., Hausdorf, A., Jeskea, P., Kale, N., Schacht, R., Ziegenhorn, M., Zysk, O. (2015)
"+-270 VDC Aircraft Harness Structural Analysis"
1st International Conference on Structural Integrity

Kale, N., Ilkay, F., Zysk, O., (2015) "Particular risk analysis: impact on hybrid aircraft design", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 6 Iss: 3, pp.402 - 409

3rd EASN International Workshop on Aerostructures, Politecnico di Milano.

Liesk, T.,Nahon M., Boulet B. (2013): Design and Experimental Validation of a Nonlinear Low-Level Controller for an Unmanned Fin-Less Airship. IEEE Trans. Contr. Sys. Techn. 21(1): 149-161