Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Holzapfel


Flight System Dynamics

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Holzapfel’s (b. 1974) research field is flight system dynamics. His four key interests are flight control of manned and unmanned systems, trajectory optimization, sensor technology, data fusion and navigation and modeling, simulation and parameter estimation. Prof. Holzapfel takes a holistic approach to teaching and fosters close cooperation with a number of aerospace companies, mainly in Bavaria.

After studying aerospace engineering at TUM and working in flight control, Prof. Holzapfel returned to the Chair of Aeronautical Engineering and Control at TUM to complete his doctorate under Prof. Gottfried Sachs (2004). After that, he spent several years working in the industry (IABG, Ottobrunn) before accepting an invitation from TUM in 2007. Prof. Holzapfel is a member of the AIAA and heads up the Flight Control expert group at the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (DGLR). He is also an agent of the DGLR executive committee for collaboration with the AIAA.


    • AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference 2004 –
Best Paper Award (2005)
    • Willy Messerschmitt Preis der Messerschmitt-Stiftung (2004)
    • Aufnahme in die Stiftung Maximilianeum (1993)

    Key Publications

    F. Holzapfel, M. Heller, M. Weingartner, G. Sachs, O. da Costa: “Development of control laws for the simulation of a new transport aircraft”. Journal of Aerospace Engineering. 2009; 223(2): 141-156.

    F. Holzapfel, I. Sturhan und G. Sachs: “Pilot in the Loop Flight Simulation – A Low-Cost Approach”.  AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. Providence. 2004; RI, 16. – 19. August. AIAA-2004-5156.

    M. Heller, F. Holzapfel, S. Myschik und G. Sachs: “Angles of Attack and Sideslip Determination Based on Navigation Data”.
 European Journal of Navigation. 2003; 1(1): 57-63.