Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Holzapfel


Flight System Dynamics

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Holzapfel’s (b. 1974) research field is flight system dynamics. His key interests are flight control, trajectory optimization, sensor technology, data fusion and navigation, modeling, simulation and parameter estimation, avionics and safety critical systems. Prof. Holzapfel takes a holistic approach to teaching and fosters close cooperation with a number of small and medium-sized 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 Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the DGLR.


    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.