Jury Board

The topic of the New Flying Competition 2020 has been approved by experts from the aviation industry. 


Here you can find a short introduction for the members of the Advisory Council.

Jury Chairman Dr. Christoph Hess

Managing Director – Synergeticon GmbH Hamburg


After my diploma in aerospace engineering I started my career with the former corporate research group of Airbus. There, I spent more than 5 years working on production processes for aircraft frames in CFRP. In 2013, I moved to the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research and most recently I developed robotic systems for the MRO field. Since 2019, I have been Managing Director of Synergeticon GmbH."


NFC Motivation/Expectation:

The transition from hover to the forward/cruise flight is not as easy as it seems and needs complex control systems. But also, to be efficient over the flight time over 15 Minutes, including a full looping, makes the competition not easier…


In the study you learn theory and self-organization. But after this, it is often the case that it is very difficult to translate the theory into practice. In this competition, however, this is an essential prerequisite and I am very curious how the task will be implemented and what special attention will be given to the design.

Finally, I would like to see a performance comparison of different VTOL fixed-wing designs as well as a prediction of 'specific energy consumption'. I wish you success.

Jury Member Joachim Kienzler-Cleuvers

Principale Design Engineer – Lufthansa Technik Hamburg


Graduate engineer in the field of communications engineering/high-frequency engineering and responsible at Lufthansa Technik for cross-functional technical leadership of the Lufthansa Technik Design Engineering on procedural and technological issues. Lead and advise in the context of the competence of Senior Engineers. Initiate and ensure cross-project technological optimization and be responsible for process management. Accompany audits by regulatory authorities (e.g. LBA, EASA, FAA), OEM's and customers. Represent Lufthansa Technik in internal and external events and participate in international committees (e.g. ARINC, RTCA, EUROCAE), congresses and trade fairs. Support standardization processes within Lufthansa Technik, the Lufthansa Group and the international industrial environment in the interests of the company.


NFC Motivation/Expectation:

Be in contact with universities and students around the world. Help them in their first steps to the real world of aircraft engineering. Seeking for todays solutions for tomorrows problems.

Jury Member Bernd Trahmer

Senior Engineer in the field of future projects – Airbus Commercial Hamburg


After getting my diploma in aircraft design I did join Airbus in Hamburg. Since more than 25 years I am working on overall aircraft design for several projects, starting with A3XX/A380.

Both as guest lecturer at Airbus partner Universities and as flight instructor for sailplanes and I am happy to share expertise with next generations of engineers and pilots and help them grow.

Therefore, I did immediately agree to join the jury and formulate the task for the first New Flying Contest which has gradually evolved since then.


NFC Motivation/Expectation:

I am sure that learning on such a case that addresses future aviation trends as well as capabilities to design and build and operate an aircraft will help participants a lot more than reading a thick book about theoretical thoughts. For any next round I hope for participating teams that do not only enjoy this learning-by-doing but are as well eager to score high, not leaving aside on the way to their take off those quick-wins that will finally make the difference between the good and the better.

Jury Member Christian Busch

Development Engineer – Heinkel Group Hamburg


M.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering with special emphasis on aircraft design and lightweight structures. More than 13 years of work experience in aircraft load calculation, certification of primary and secondary structures, and vibrational analysis. Passionate pilot of radio controlled airplanes, helicopters and drones for 20 years. Specialist for the evaluation of design, capabilities and performance of model aircraft.


NFC Motivation/Expectation:

My motivation of being part of the New Flying Competition jury is to follow the student’s ambitions to realize such a project. The design of a VTOL aircraft is one of the most challenging tasks in this field. I am excited to see how the teams will design and build their aircraft, including the challenging task of implementing a stabilization system. The successful participation to this competition will not only need technical skills, but also a lot of team spirit and purposefulness.