History of the Institute of Aeronautics

In the process of reorganization of Riga Aviation University (RAU) according to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (1999), technical training programs were included into the programs of the Faculty of Transport and Mechanical Engineering of Riga Technical University.

RAU, in its turn, was founded in 1992 on the basis of Riga Civil Aviation Engineers Institute (since 1919). Thousands of students graduated from this higher education institution in those times. Among them, there were students from more than 93 countries (India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kenya, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Poland, etc.). Many of them became heads of airline companies, air transport enterprises, aviation institutions in many countries of the world. Some of them became famous pilots and astronauts. High quality of training made it possible for many alumni to be successfully employed at world's leading aircraft engineering companies, aviation research organizations and space centres.

The Institute of Aviation and the Institute of Transport Vehicle Technologies were founded in November 1999 as a part of Riga Technical University. In April 2000, these two institutes became a part of the Faculty of Transport and Mechanical Engineering (FTME).

Professor A. Urbah was appointed and later elected through competition for the position of a Head of the Institute of Transport Vehicle Technologies. The institute included a number of professor groups:

·         Vehicle Design and Testing (headed by prof.  A. Kobcev),

·         Manufacturing and Repair Technologies (headed by prof.   Y. Martinov),

·         Vehicle Radio Electronic and Telecommunication Systems (headed by prof.  A. Zelenkov).

Several more professor groups were created in 2000:

·         Technical Support of Transport Systems (headed by prof.  A. Urbah),

·         Real-time Transport Systems (headed by prof.  E. Peterson),

·         Mathematical Methods of Transport System Control (headed by prof.  A. Andronov),

·         Computer-aided Modelling and Design in Mechanical Engineering (headed by prof.  V. Ushakov).

Since May 2003, the Institute of Transport Vehicle Technologies also included:

·         Department of Vehicle Computer-aided Design and Technologies (headed by prof.  A. Urbah),

·         Professor groups for Manufacturing and Repair Technologies (headed by prof.  Y. Martinov),

·         Mathematical Methods of Transport System Control (headed by prof.  A. Andronov).

Professor M. Kleinhof was appointed and later elected through competition for the position of a Head of the Institute of Aviation. Since 2000, the Institute of Aviation also included:

·         Professor groups for Airframe Strength and Durability (headed by prof.   V. Pavelko),

·         Aircraft Theory and Structure (headed by prof.   Y. Paramonov),

·         Avionics (headed by prof.    P. Trifonova-Bogdanov)

·         and the Department of Aircraft Maintenance (headed by prof.   M. Kleinhof).

The Institute of Aeronautics is included in the register of educational institutions of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Pursuant to RTU Senate resolution of 26 March 2012, the Institute of Aviation and the Institute of Transport Vehicle Technologies were merged into a new structural unit – the Institute of Aeronautics (AERTI, headed by A. Urbah), which is a part of the Faculty of Transport and Mechanical Engineering, with the aim to foster the development and enhance the quality of study programs "Air Transport" and "Transport System Engineering" as well as to optimize the utilization of resources.

Since June 2012, AERTI has included:

·         The Departments of Aeronautical Technology (dept. headed by prof.  A. Urbah),

·         Avionics (dept. headed by prof.   P. Trifonova-Bogdanov),

·         Aircraft Theory and Design (dept. headed by  V. Shestakov),

·         Transport Systems and Logistics (dept. headed by  Y. Martinov),

·         as well as Aerospace Research and Technology Centre

and Aviation and Space Engineering Scientific-research and Testing Laboratory.