bavAIRia e.V. / Cluster Aerospace

Germany: Bavaria
Peter Schwarz
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About us

bavAIRia e. V. was commissioned by the Bavarian State Government to manage the Aerospace Cluster. The aim of bavAIRia is to identify the Bavarian core competencies in aviation, aerospace and aerospace applications and to network the key players more closely in order to increase the global competitiveness of these industries. The members and players of bavAIRia e. V. represent the entire industrial and research landscape of the Free State of Bavaria.

By the bavAIRia e.V. is beside the fulfilment of the to push ahead with the continuous expansion of the Aerospace cluster in accordance with its statutes. Thereby the increase of the active numbers of members as well as the international attractiveness of the cluster in foreground. The increased communication of the cluster's unique selling propositions is intended on the one hand which allow a clear demarcation from other aviation clusters in Germany and Europe, on the other hand the establishment of cooperation models between the clusters.

Together with politics, industry and research, bavAIRia develops appropriate measures in the areas of technology, financing, securing skilled workers and internationalization, among others, and accompanies their implementation. It initiates and organizes specific platforms and user forums on important and current topics with high commercial and strategic relevance for the Bavarian players.

In addition, bavAIRia deals with topics such as training and further education, research excellence, location marketing and system maintenance and offers corresponding services.

In the following you will find detailed information on the following main topics:

- Aviation

- Aerospace

- Space applications

Established - 25 July 2006
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 330
    Cluster Members
  • 258
  • 23
    Large Companies
  • 12
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Number of civil society members
  • 37
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Bavaria is recognized as a leading European aerospace industry location as well as a leading European space and space application location. Bavarian industry, science, and research, as well as the availability of relevant basic and advanced technical training have made Bavaria a High-Tech hub of international repute. The structural situation of the aviation and space industry sector in Bavaria serves as a springboard to assume a leading competitive role on a global level.

  • three original equipment manufacturers
  • four large systems manufacturers (Tier1 suppliers)
  • numerous well-positioned suppliers
  • engineering service providers
  • science and training institutions and
  • a well-developed aviation infrastructure.

Key players in European and global space and space applications are to be found in Bavaria. Bavaria is home to, in addition to internationally operating companies, innovative small and medium-size businesses and numerous startups.

  • the German Space Operations Center – GSOC
  • the Galileo Control Centre
  • the German Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE) in Berchtesgaden
  • the German Aerospace Center DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen and its institutes
  • the DLR Earth Observation Center
  • the Fraunhofer Institute
  • the ESA Business Incubator and
  • numerous universities and technical schools

Areas of specialization include the construction of military aircraft, flight propulsion systems, helicopters, and the associated subsystems, components and parts as well as the provision of large components and systems for major civil aircraft manufacturers worldwide. The development and production of future technologies like unmanned aerial systems are already well established and characterized by its great economic potential.

Some 38,000 engineers, technicians, and commercial aviation industry specialists work in Bavaria and generate an annual turnover of ten billion euro.

Including those directly employed in the air traffic industry (at airports in Munich, Nuremberg, Memmingen, and Hof) well over 60,000 people work in the aviation and space industry sector in Bavaria. Bavaria holds an outstanding position among the regions in Germany and Europe, which are heavily engaged in aviation industry activities. The existing relevant research institutions located in the Federal State of Bavaria support Bavaria’s excellent position in the field of the aerospace industry, with a total of 18 specialized universities, colleges and research institutions (German Aerospace Center, Fraunhofer and Max Planck institutes).

The Bavarian state government recognized, at an early stage, the importance of promoting space and space applications activities and will continue to encourage the development of companies, research institutions and universities active in this field in order to retain this reputation.

Close collaboration between science and industry is the foundation for the emergence of innovative technologies, applications, and services. One key to success is the range of available technological expertise in such fields as satellite navigation, satellite communication, earth observation, robotics, mechatronics, and space propulsion systems. Another factor contributing to the success of Bavaria as a space location is the high concentration of firms in possible spaced application fields, which provides an exceptional starting point doe developing new domains for products and services. Traditionally well-developed strategic areas like information and communication, telecommunications, and software and chip development have high creative potential.

With their research and training activities, the institutions of higher learning contribute a steady flow of highly qualified experts. In Munich alone, every year over 200 students in the aerospace disciplines successfully graduate from the Technical University, the University of Applied Sciences and the University of the Federal Armed Forces. In related engineering fields, the number is several thousand graduates per year.

The aerospace industry sector in Bavaria has a unique reputation worldwide due to Bavaria’s high-tech environment and the prominence of its aerospace cluster.

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Registered Association
Languages spoken
English French German
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Peter Schwarz
Cluster Manager
Sascha Lange
Project Manager
Pauline Medori
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Cross-sectoral industries
Mobility Technologies
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas


Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

bavAIRia offers:

  • Our platforms, which facilitate interaction among end users, companies, scientists, researchers and the political sphere.
  • Our contacts, which provide access to networks outside the region and support cooperation in an international setting.
  • Our expertise in applying for project financing.
  • Our creativity in implementing marketing measures that introduce you on the international scene.
  • Our communication talent and our commitment when executing new ideas
  • Our team, which organizes specialist seminars and information events and addresses current issues and topics of high strategic relevance in order to actively support our members.
  • Our enthusiasm about long-term positioning of your innovations on the market.
  • Our know-how in identifying, together with you, areas where further development is needed and enabling knowledge and technology transfer

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

Project name

CARE-Clean Aerospace Regions (Start 1 Jan. 2012, FP7)

EMMIA myEOrganics (Start June 2013, EU-CIP)

EMMIA obsAIRveYourBusiness (Start July 2014, EU-CIP)

Copernicus Framework Contract (Start Jan 2015, EU-Framework Contract)

e-KnoT (Start Jan 2015, EU-H2020)

BELS (Start June 2015, EU-H2020)

BELS+ (Start March 2018, EU-H2020)

CoRdiNet (Start Oct. 2018, EU-H2020)

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
German "go-cluster" programme


European Aerospace Cluster Partnership



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