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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics

Institute of Aeronautics

Director, Associate Professor, Dr. sc. ing. Ilmārs Blumbergs

Ķīpsalas iela 6B–512, Rīga

+371 29596694

aerti.rtu.lv

The RTU FMETA Institute of Aeronautics (AERTI) is the only state-funded university in Latvia that offers the possibility of acquiring professions such as an engineer of the mechanics of the technical operation of aircraft, an avionics engineer for the technical operation of aircraft or an engineer for transport systems.

By a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (1999), Riga Aviation University (RAU) was reorganised and the technical study programmes were included in the programmes of RTU.

In turn, RAU was founded in 1992 on the basis of the Riga Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers (established 1919). There were thousands of students who graduated from that Institute, including students from more than 93 countries (India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kenya, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Poland, etc.). Many of them have become the heads of airlines, aviation companies, air transport authorities in many countries around the world. Some became famous aviators and cosmonauts. The high quality of studies enabled several graduates to work successfully in the world's leading powers' aviation industry, aviation research organisations and space centres.

The Aviation Institute (AI) and the Transport Machinery Technology Institute (TTI) was established in RTU in November 1999. In April 2000, AI and TTI were included as part of the Transport and Engineering Faculty (TMF).

The AI was listed in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Training Authorities Register.

According to the decision of the Senate of the RTU, the Aviation Institute and the Transport Machinery Technology Institute were merged with effect from 26 March 2012, establishing a new unit, the Institute of Aeronautics (AERTI), as part of the Transport and Engineering Faculty (TMF), to promote the development and quality of research programmes for aviation transport and transport systems, as well as resource optimisation.

The Institute of Aeronautics continues the implementation of the two joint institutes' study programmes – Aviation Transport and Transport Systems Engineering.

In the perspective of the newly created Institute of Aeronautics, RTU will also offer new study programmes for students whose graduates will be able to operate in a wider range of the labour market: both as researchers in research centres and as engineers – constructors in aircraft and aviation systems manufacturing companies, as engineers in aviation repair companies, as well as aircraft operating engineers at airports and as air logistics specialists in logistics companies, etc.

Aviation is an industry that is rapidly evolving. The Latvian and global labour market has increased demand for qualified and international standards, in line with prepared aviation transport engineers. The RTU is interested in promoting development and creating a major European regional aviation education and research centre in Riga.

While studying at one of the Aviation Departments of the Institute of Aeronautics, students acquire the necessary vocational training for the aviation transport sector and become internationally recognised specialists who can perform technical operations for aircraft equipment, engines and avionics systems, or design aviation techniques, as well as organise and analyse the operation of air transport systems.

Aviation engineers are specialists in mechanics and avionics that perform aircraft maintenance, operation and repairs on the ground . Aircraft flight safety largely depends on their work. Aviation engineers need in-depth knowledge in aerodynamics, aircraft and engine design, radars, navigation, etc.

In the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics of the Institute of Aeronautics, students are prepared to become in line with international standards as the professionals in the field of logistics and transport systems. Advanced technologies related to the marketing of multimodal and intermodal transport have a particular role to play in modern transport systems, since they provide for the optimal combination of all the main modes of transport – rail, trucks, sea, aviation and pipelines.

With effect from June 2012, there are 4 Departments in the Institute of Aeronautics.

Academic personnel
Academic personnel of the Institute of Aeronautics continue to work in areas related to aircraft body, systems, engine safety, diagnosis, development of design and technical operating techniques, etc. For example, under the guidance of Prof. V. Pavelko, the liftime properties and methods of diagnosis of rivets were studied, the design of unmanned aircraft, the use of the mathematical method of finite elements for design, the flight dynamics of aircraft. Aerodynamic tests are performed in aerodynamic tubes.

The science fields of Prof. J. Paramonovs are continued to be carried out by Prof. M. Kleinhofs and Assoc. Prof. M. Hauka, and aircraft hull lifetime studies and optimal timing of their roadworthiness testing have been carried out, studies of composite structures have been carried out and modelling of properties, as well as the use of statistical methods for determining design safety.

Under the guidance of Prof. V. Šestakovs, flight safety-related safety-related safety-related studies, theoretical studies and practical implementation of non-conventional and ecological vehicles (e.g. aerodynamics based on the topography of the ground surface) have been carried out, and the use of bioacoustic techniques for protecting objects from birds has been studied. For gas turbine engines, modelled engine working processes and non-linear diagnostic applications based on vibration parameters, developed diagnostic method with acoustic emission effects used to test vehicles, bridges, pipelines.

Under guidance of Prof. P. Trifonovs-Bogdanovs, operating methodologies are developed for aircraft systems and aggregates based on their technical state, developed mathematical models that increase inertial navigation accuracy in case of failures, methods for optimising the operation of electronic systems and aggregates.
Scientific interests
Scientific interests of the Institute of Aeronautics:
  • Aeronautics and space technologies
  • Design and construction of aircraft and space equipment (CAD/CAM/CAE technologies)
  • Nanotechnology in the construction of aircraft and space equipment
  • Non-destructive control and technical diagnosis of aviation structures and space equipment
  • Aerodynamics
  • Durability and safety of aircraft fatigue
  • Flight safety
  • Aircraft navigation systems
  • Autonomous automatic control systems for aircraft and space equipment
  • Mechanics for crashing the aviation structure
  • Mathematical modelling of aviation engine characteristics
  • Composite damage and strength
  • Dynamics of transport vehicles and aviation structures
  • Nanotechnology in vehicle construction
  • Engineering of transport systems
  • Logistics and transport systems
  • Design of transport terminals and airports
  • Development of wind energy equipment and technologies

Department of Aeronautical Technologies

Academic personnel of the Department of Aeronautical Technologies participate in the study programme «Aviation Transport» and are engaged in scientific activities

Avionics Department

At the Avionics Department, students learn the principles of aircraft electronic systems, which today are changing and evolving very rapidly.

Department of Aircraft Theory and Construction

Department of Aircraft Theory and Construction provides training for all types of aviation specialists, from Bachelor to Doctoral level, including training for foreign students

Department of Transport Systems and Logistics

Department of Transport Systems and Logistics provides studies in the fields of logistics and transport systems and operating and repair technologies for transport machines