Aircraft conceptual design

Development and design work:

  • Design of advanced aerodynamic concepts of regional and small transport aircraft
  • Research and development of new aircraft  and drone concepts (UAV/UAS) including area of distributed propulsion)
  • Wing and tail optimization design
  • Optimization design of means to increase lift coefficient
  • Rudder design including aerodynamic trim and balance
  • Aerodynamically optimized wing design
  • Aircraft aerodynamic calculations and design
  • Aircraft performance calculations
  • Aircraft characteristics calculations
  • Aircraft characteristics verification by wind tunnel measurement
  • Development of integral and specialized software for a/c conceptual design


  • Codes and programmes for aerodynamic calculation of airfoils, wings and whole aircraft
  • Optimization codes
  • Programmes to calculate flight performance
  • Programmes to calculate flight characteristics
  • Low speed and high speed wind tunnels: 
    • force measurement  
    • measurement of pressure distribution 
    • measurement of dynamic aerodynamic derivations 
    • propeller effect simulation
    • flow visualization – PIV, tufts, oil flow,…


Research projects:

  • HPH VĚTROŇ -  “All composite two seat glider of new generation, (2009-2013, MPO – TIP1, project No.FR-TI1/326)
  • AUVIS – “AUTOMATED AERIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM” (2010-2014, MIA – Security research, project No. VG20102014052)
  • ESPOSA -  „Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft“,   WP6.2 – Reliable design methodology for aerodynamic engine/airframe integration, (2011-2015, EC – 7th Framework program of EU, project No. 284859)
  • TDAAS – “Traffic Detect And Avoid” (2012-2014, TAČR-Alfa, project No. TA02030572)
  • ANULOID – “Investigation of novel vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept, designed for operations in urban areas“, (2013-2015, 7th Framework program of EU, project No.FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0) 
  • MISTRAL – “Small military transport aircraft“, (2011-2015, MIT ministry-TIP, project No. FR-TI3/333)
  • AJT – “Advanced aircraft wing“, (2012-2015, MIT ministry – TIP4, project No. FR-TI4/603)
  • ACASIAS - “Advanced Concepts for Aero-Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors“,(2017-2020, EC- Horizon 2020, project No. 723167)
  • AStRA – “Advanced Composite Structure for Perspective Regional Aircraft”, (2018-2020, MYES ministry - Program Inter-Excellence, project No. LTARF18040)
  • IAEROM - “Aeromechanics for transport vehicles of 21st century“, partial objective No. 4 (2018-2022, institutional funding from MIT ministry – so called “DKRVO” )


contact person:

Ing. Petr Vrchota, PhD., Head of Aerodynamics, VZLU
tel: +420 225 115 260,  e-mail: