Track: Control & Operations

The master Track Control & Operations provides a fundamental background in modern flight control, humanmachine systems, air traffic management systems, noise and climate effects, safety and air transport operations research. 


What will you learn?

Control and Operations is focused on the through-life operations associated with aerospace industry. It studies the avionics systems of individual aircraft, flight control and flight deck design, airline operations and support (maintenance), air traffic control and air traffic management, airports, as well as the operations associated with air transport as a whole.
By selecting one of the three C&O profiles, the student chooses an educational programme that contains a particular balance of these elements. Theory and practice are combined in exciting and challenging fields of study for talented and ambitious students. You will build experience through courses, practicals, a directed internship and a supervised final research project.
The C&O profiles incorporate a research project that builds on the learning gained from the taught modules. C&O research projects focus on academic quality and the contribution to the body of knowledge in the field.

The Track offers three Profiles:

Control and Simulation

This profile focuses on the design, analysis and test of automatic and manual flight guidance and control systems. Our main goal is to enhance the safety, survivability and performance of aerospace vehicles through creating better automation. The profile embarks with the essentials of systems and control theory, stochastic dynamic systems and signals, real-time computing and flight simulation, and modelling human cognition and manual control performance. Continue...

Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects

Aircraft noise continues to be a very serious source of disturbance to the public. Also, the current contribution of aircraft emissions to global warming is estimated to lie in between 1.5 and 5.5%, but is predicted to increase significantly. In addition, the level of scientific understanding of the climate effects of aviation is low. For the growth of aviation (5 % per year) to be sustainable with a decreasing impact on the environment, a better understanding and more accurate modelling of the impact due to noise and emissions is required.

Air Transport Operations

This profile is concerned with the understanding and development of more effective aerospace and airline operations and support (maintenance), as well as how the industry is structured to deliver maximum value to all stakeholders. This will include the Lean and optimal implementation of the operational processes associated with aerospace industry, airlines and air transportation in general.

The Control & Operations track is one of six tracks within the Aerospace Engineering master programme. On graduation, students receive a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (Control & Operations).

MSc Track Coordinator

Dr. ir. Clark Borst

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Track Control and Operations