In cooperation with a European flight school, and as an alternative to the "classic" degree programme "Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik", the FH Aachen provides the option of a dual study programme (Duales Studium). After completing this degree programme, you will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering and an ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence). Compared to the usual serial trainings, the dual education system allows for a reduction of the duration of study (alternatively, the duration of training). In the process, students benefit from the synergy of related study contents provided by both trainings.
Current studies by the Boeing company and the AERO International journal make it clear that, in the years ahead, there will be a shortage of pilots for international airline companies. Too few pilots are being trained despite an increase in commercial air travel.
Skilled personnel is also needed in a large number of fields, skilled workers that possess aeronautical skills as well as engineering competencies and are, thereby, able to understand and connect the theoretical and practical side of aeronautics.
Dually trained skilled personnel is needed for activities that combine the aeronautical and engineering side. A dual study programme provides the students with both of these qualifications. Future job activities include technically-oriented tasks in the aviation industry, in administrative bodies, or, for example, work as a test pilot.
Graduates with a dual qualification are presented with a broad range of job opportunities; they can work as engineers as well as pilots.
Since 2005, the Flight Lab of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has set out for the Cuxhaven airfield once a year.
Within the framework of a flight mechanics practical training, students test the flight characteristics, flight performance parameter and spin characteristics of gliders and motor airplanes. They also determine generated aircraft noise levels and conduct experiments on flight control. To this end, they have the FH-owned motor aircraft "Morane" at their disposal as well as two gliders and a Stemme S 10 (see image above), a motor glider with a folding propeller inside the nose-cone.
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