Aircraft manufacturer Dornier, one of the great names in aviation history, is returning to Oberpfaffenhofen, famous around the world as the …
Aircraft manufacturer Dornier, one of the great names in aviation history, is returning to Oberpfaffenhofen, famous around the world as the cradle of German aerospace. As announced recently at the Singapore Airshow, work has begun in the airport hangars on a completely new version of the legendary amphibious aircraft Seastar. Dornier Seawings GmbH has rented its office space for the new project in the asto Park. The Managing Director of asto Business Group, Dr. Bernd Schulte-Middelich, is delighted: “With the arrival of Dornier, we now have three aircraft manufacturers in Oberpfaffenhofen: RUAG with the Do 228 New Generation, the Sierra Nevada Group with the Do 328 and now Dornier with the Seastar.”
Located right at the entrance to Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, the asto Park is conveniently close to the production facilities for the new Seastar. With the asto Park, asto Group aims to bridge the gap between the past and present by bringing new enterprises to a place that is rich in aviation history – so much so that in former times it was known as “Dornier country”. The arrival of Dornier Seawings and the resumption of manufacturing in Oberpfaffenhofen for the Seastar is impressive proof that asto Group”s strategy is working. Dornier Seawings certainly has an ambitious timetable. The first new-type Seastar has already been sold and is due to ship in the first quarter of 2017.
It is almost 30 years since Claudius Dornier developed the first Seastar prototype. Over the years to 2002, Oberpfaffenhofen was also the scene of many other spectacular rollouts, such as the famous VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft. Today the location is again the workplace of over 6,500 people, chiefly in aerospace, satellite navigation, automotive and IT.
The asto Business Group plans, implements and operates asto Park. Since it was established, over 65 technology firms providing some 2,000 new jobs have put down roots here. In all, some 6,000 people work in technology-based companies and institutions near the airport.
Oberpfaffenhofen with its research airport is internationally known as the cradle of German aviation and aerospace. This is where the aircraft manufacturer Dornier constructed the legendary Do 328 and 228, which are still in operation, not to mention the modern Do 228 New Generation aircraft. In the vicinity of the airport, visionary topics leading to innovations in aviation, space, satellite navigation, IT, robotics and automotive technology are pursued. Internationally active companies like Switzerland”s RUAG, the satellite builder OHB, Webasto and its research center, the European Space Agency ESA, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the Galileo Control Center and Robotics Center, as well as companies like AOA, Telespazio, Microchip and Spheros, among many others, are located here.