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Studies in Aviation Systems Engineering and Management

International Studies in Aviation Systems Engineering and Management (ASTM; ILST in German)

Pilot training in the dual study composite ASTM (ILST)

Within the globalised air transport system, there is an increasing need for pilots with detailed knowledge of the specific issues concerning the aviation industry, aviation companies, airports and the aviation regulatory authorities. For a long time, there has thus been efforts by the professional associations to train professional pilots in the context of university studies. The University of Bremen covers this request with the dual international bachelor’s degree programme in Aviation Systems Engineering and Management (ASTM) for aspiring pilots as an ab initio programme. In 2006, the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany, awarded the ASTM programme as an excellent reform programme. 

An essential feature of the course offerings is the co-operation with commercial pilot schools that are responsible for the licence training in this dual composite. The student body of the University of Bremen was especially delighted to be able to offer the commercial pilot licence for helicopters at the institution. This was made possible through the co-operation with Heli Transair European Air Services GmbH; meanwhile, we are looking back on many years of successful co-operation with this experienced flight school.

As part of the practical semester at the partner commercial pilot schools, students receive in-depth insight into technical, economic, environmental, legal, organisational and social contexts of the operational processes already during their studies. An ASTM graduate should be able to independently handle tasks that involve interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of a pilot, an engineer and a manager. Personality development of the students in these three fields of qualification will be strengthened as the students continually receive feedback on the status of their professional skills through the practical application of acquired skill. To this end, in addition to the employees of the University of Bremen, the lecturers from the partner commercial pilot schools contribute significantly.

The University of Bremen emphasises personality development, especially in relation to the ability to promote civil society commitment in a course of studies, particularly in collaboration with the partner commercial pilot schools. The contact to aviation companies strengthens the students in their personality development, especially since you can test and verify the acquired theoretical skills.

Graduates of the ASTM programme can show a comprehensive understanding for the system “aircraft” with the interconnected training degree course. The system “aircraft” is thus dealt with in the overall context in depth, i.e. in relation to the use, and also in relation to the operations at the airport, in the maintenance facility and in the airlines. Thus, the graduates go well-prepared in their respective profession. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing Bernd Steckemetz

Course Director ASTM

General information

The international degree course Aviation Systems Technology and Management (ASTM) at the University of Bremen combines training as a professional helicopter pilot with a degree in engineering science.

In addition to the commercial pilot licence CPL(H), students attain the Bachelor of Engineering and can possess an internationally recognised professional qualification, in case of pilot incapacitation, loss of licence or unemployment. This dual qualification as an engineer and a professional pilot in the dual system is the first ever in Europe.

Heli Transair is a recognised training company for the ILST studies and co-operates with the University of Bremen.

Content and time schedule

The degree course comprises 8 semesters, including the final bachelor’s project. It includes 6 modular structured study semesters, 2 practical semesters and a minimum of one overseas semester. Practical semesters abroad are recognised as overseas semesters.

In semesters 1 to 3, the engineering foundation is conveyed via the modules of mathematics, information technology, physics, thermodynamics, mechanics, aerodynamics / flight mechanics, electro technology, material technology, machine components / construction and business administration.

Seminars 4 to 8 encompass course-specific reinforcement modules in flight administration / flight control, flight administration technology, control engineering / flight control, flight drives, electric / hydraulic drives, aircraft construction, air traffic and simulator technology.

In the 6th and 7th semesters, the practical complementary theoretical training in accordance with JAR-FCL takes place using modern equipment and methods. In addition to the specialised and methodological skills, students also acquire key competences in psychology, business administration and management. Several modules are offered in English. The bachelor thesis should be worked on in co-operation with aviation companies, with emphasis on interdisciplinary tasks.

Entry Requirements
  • General university entry qualification (A-levels) or restricted university entry qualification or classification test / special approval
  • Pilot training contract with Heli Transair

Start: Winter semester
Application deadline: May 1 to July 15
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) and Commercial Pilot Licence CPL(H)

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