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Centre for Aviation (ZAV)

Aviation is a global industry. The Centre for Aviation is the leading research hub for aviation in Switzerland. We are regionally rooted and globally connected."

Dr. Michel Guillaume, Head of the Centre for Aviation

ZAV in a nutshell

Our researchers apply cutting edge technologies, state-of-the-art methods, and contemporary knowledge to find new and efficient ways to bring global aviation a step further. The Centre for Aviation is actively participating in the Aviation Research Centre Switzerland (ARCS) in order to promote collaboration between all stakeholders relevant for aviation in Switzerland.

The Centre for Aviation is the leading scientific research facility for aviation in Switzerland. We believe that sustainable solutions for the aviation industry rely on successful collaborations in interdisciplinary teams. The Centre for Aviation can provide expertise in the following areas:


Studies and continuing education

Researchers at the Centre for Aviation lecture in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation program of the ZHAW School of Engineering. This way, the school can ensure that the latest advances in research and development reach our students through teaching. Our students receive an education that gives them a competitive advantage once the graduate and enter the workforce. Additionally, the Centre for Aviation is also active in providing courses and continuing studies in a number of areas that are relevant for the aviation industry:

The Centre for Aviation offers various continuing studies courses in the areas which are relevant to the aviation industry.

Students projects

As an integral part of the curriculum, students in the BSc in Aviation are required to undertake a research project and to do a research-based Bachelor's thesis. This gives industry partners the opportunity to submit their ideas for innovative project, which are undertaken by the students in the controlled setting provided by the degree program.

Are you interested in a collaboration, we are happy to get in contact with you by means of an e-mail.


As a research based entity, the Centre for Aviation participates in scientific discourse.

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