Aviation needs transformation urge (from l to r): Torsten Jueling, Cargo Chief Berlin Airports / Hugo Duchemin, MD Comworxx / Patrick Muller, SVP Ops BER / Klaus-Jürgen Schwahn, Chief Schoenhagen Airpt. / Andreas Timmermann, Head of BBAA – photo: hs/CFG
The Schoenhagen airfield south of Berlin could become for civil aviation what Silicon Valley is for the USA. In a miniature format, of course, but no less innovative. Preparations are being made here to transform aviation from a traditional to a climate-neutral and quiet industry – both with regard to passenger as well as to cargo aircraft. Another research focus is the creation of CO2-neutral airports. This is what leading aviation experts came together to discuss last week in Schoenhagen, near Berlin.
Large asparagus fields and lush green meadows are located to the left and right of the federal highway 246, which crosses eastern Germany from west to east. Evidently a fertile area. Then a sharp turn to the right and you stand in front of the administration building of Schoenhagen Airport, 90 years old, and located about 35 km southwest of the large BER airport in the state of Brandenburg.
Small airport, large goals
What has been happening for some time now in this historic area is also very fruitful. For example, research is being carried out on the development of low-emission flying in close cooperation with large companies such as the engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce. And not just with this world-famous company. There are 6 different aircraft manufacturers on board, all of which are based in Brandenburg and some of which, Aquila Aviation International, RS Aero, and Cirrus Aircraft, for example, also have branches on the airport grounds of Schoenhagen. In addition, companies such as Avionics specialist ASE, electronics specialist Rhode, as well as service providers and research institutions, like the European Aviation Security Center and the Wildau Technical University, are also involved. A total of 41 different companies have settled on the airport premises or have a representative office there.