Future Air Mobility. What’s next for aviation?

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2021/22
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline
DatesSee TUMonline


  • 19.10.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 26.10.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 02.11.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 09.11.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 16.11.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 23.11.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 30.11.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 07.12.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 14.12.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 21.12.2021 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 11.01.2022 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 18.01.2022 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 25.01.2022 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 01.02.2022 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.
  • 08.02.2022 15:00-16:30 Online: Videokonferenz / Zoom etc.

Admission information


Upon successful completion of this module, you are able to: * explain the main challenges and opportunities for the future of aviation. * discuss readiness and attainability in a technical context as well as regarding environmental goals. * list promising energy sources, operations, and components of technology using the readiness and attainability framework. * establish the market potential including socio-political, environmental, and economic requirements of promising energy sources, operations and components of technology. * list promising aircraft concepts using the technology readiness and technology attainability framework. * establish the market potential including socio-political, environmental, and economic requirements of promising aircraft concepts. * describe the expected impact of promising aviation ecosystems on our transportation system. Finally, you are able to analyze the potential of future transportation concepts like the Hyperloop technology as a competition for aviation and apply this knowledge situationally.


The module "Future Air Mobility. What's next for aviation?" builds on state-of-the-art technology, operations, and fuels and what challenges they pose for the current aviation ecosystem. Using the framework of readiness and attainability, we will discuss how energy sources (e.g. drop-in alternative fuels, methane, hydrogen, battery, nuclear), air- and ground operations (e.g. formation flight, flight stages) and components of technology (e.g. distributed propulsion, hybrid wing body, boundary layer ingestion, double bubble, box wing, new materials) are expected to change in the future and how socio-political, environmental, and economic requirements like defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) govern the potential impact. Building on this knowledge, further non-conventional aircraft concepts (e.g., supersonic transport, urban air mobility) are introduced and their expected impact on aircraft fleets and our transportation system including the expected time horizons are discussed. Finally, Hyperloop technology is introduced and its potential to compete with aviation is analyzed.


This is a course for those who are interested in the challenges and opportunities posed to the aviation sector and are hopeful that engineers and subject matter experts might have something useful to present about the challenges. At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in the future of aviation today, and hopefully a few answers as well. Prior knowledge in aviation systems or fundamentals of aeronautical engineering is recommended. One recommended course is "Aviation Systems" which introduces students to the complexity of the aviation ecosystem.


The examination will be in written or oral form, depending on the number of students. In case of a written exam, the duration is 90 min. In case of an oral exam, the duration is 30 min. In either form of the examination, the students demonstrate by answering questions under time pressure and without helping material their theoretical knowledge on the future of aviation and potential alternatives on three levels: component, vehicle, system. Additionally, they have to answer questions about the readiness and attainability of the discussed components, vehicles, and system as well as anticipated cost, environmental impact, and potential markets.

Recommended literature

Reference literature will be presented within the lecture.