Dr. Christoph Vernaleken's Homepage

Welcome to my Homepage! My alma mater was the University of Würzburg, Germany, where I completed my thesis in theoretical physics in the spring of 2001.
Between August 2001 and March 2008, I have been a research assistant at Darmstadt University of Technology in aviation engineering in Prof. Klingauf's CAVOK cockpit display research team.


You can always reach me by sending an email to VERNALEKEN@JU388.DE

Click here to get to the Junkers Ju 388 Website!
I am particularly interested in historical planes. The company of Junkers in Dessau, Germany, was particularly famous in the first half of this century. Professor Dr. Hugo Junkers, the company's founder, built the first all-metal aircraft. I am mainly interested in the Junkers Ju 388 L, a high altitude reconnaissance plane which appeared near the end of the war. The last surviving plane is stored in the non-public area of  NASM's Silver Hill depot today. Hence, these pages provide a unique chance to tour the cockpit yourself and learn about the controls . If you want to explore the Junkers Ju 388 and see the images to the right in nearly full-screen size, please visit my Junkers Ju 388 Site. You won't regret it!
I also put together a small page on old Junkers aircraft in general. Click here if you want to see it.

If you happen to be interested in Airshows, please see my page on the Flying Legends Airshow at Kassel-Calden Airfield.



Martin Handig, Christoph Vernaleken, Junkers Ju 388 L - der letzte konventionelle Höhenaufklärer, Luftwaffen-Revue 3/2000, p. 63 - 65

Martin Handig, Christoph Vernaleken, Aufklärung in der Stratosphäre - Junkers Ju 388 L: Der letzte konventionelle Höhenaufklärer der Luftwaffe, Flugzeug Classic 4/2001, p. 62 - 65

Christoph Vernaleken, Martin Handig, Junkers Ju 388 - Entwicklung, Erprobung und Fertigung des letzten Junkers-Höhenflugzeugs, Aviatic Verlag, Oberhaching 2003

Christoph Vernaleken, Martin Handig, Vor 60 Jahren: Erstflug der Ju 388 V7, Flugzeug Classic 2/2004

Christoph Vernaleken, Forschen fürs Cockpit der Zukunft - Das europäische Forschungsprojekt ISAWARE II, Luft & Raumfahrt 4/2004, p. 22 - 24

Christoph Vernaleken, Martin Handig: Junkers Ju 388 - L'inconnu de la stratosphère, article series in Le Fana de l'Aviation n° 422 (January 2005, p. 22 - 28), n° 424 (March 2005, p. 46 - 53), n° 429 (August 2005, p. 50 - 55) 

Christoph Vernaleken, Alexandra von Eckartsberg, Lamir Mihalic, Michael Jirsch and Boris Langer: The European research project ISAWARE II: a more intuitive flight deck for future airliners, Proc. SPIE, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision, Vol. 5802, Orlando 2005

Uwe Klingauf, Christoph Vernaleken: Durchblick - Synthetische Sicht für das Cockpit der Zukunft, thema Forschung 3/2005, p. 58 - 61

Christoph Vernaleken, Lamir Mihalic, Mathias Güttler, Uwe Klingauf: A fresh look at runway incursions: onboard surface movement awareness & alerting system based on SVS, Proc. SPIE Vol. 6226 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 2006), Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2006, Jacques G. Verly

Uwe Klingauf, Christoph Vernaleken: Durchblick - Synthetische Sicht für das Cockpit der Zukunft, thema Forschung 3/2005, S. 58 - 61

Christoph Vernaleken, Carole Urvoy, Uwe Klingauf: Runway Incursion Prevention by Enhanced Onboard Surveillance: Concept for a Surface Movement Awareness & Alerting System, Enhanced Solutions for Aircraft and Vehicle Surveillance (ESAVS 2007), March 2007, Bonn

Christoph Vernaleken, Carole Urvoy, Uwe Klingauf: Prevention of runway incursions due to closed runways or unsuitable runway choices by enhanced crew situational awareness and alerting, SPIE Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2007, April 2007, Orlando, FL, USA

Christoph Vernaleken, Carole Urvoy, Uwe Klingauf: Considerations on symbology, data requirements, and operational concept for integral NOTAM visualization on airport moving map displays, SPIE Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2008, March 2008, Orlando, FL, USA

Christoph Vernaleken, Carole Urvoy, Uwe Klingauf: Simulator Evaluation of a Novel Surface Movement Awareness and Alerting System (SMAAS) for Runway Incursion Avoidance, 26th Internation Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences ICAS 2008, September 2008, Anchorage, Alaska, USA


My Travels Abroad

Together with Eiterfeld's school orchestra, I travelled to Italy twice. In the spring of 1993, I visited the USA for two months View from the World Trade Centerand attended SUNY's Cobleskill College. Once in America, I could not help seeing Washington D.C. and New York. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is simply fantastic. But the American Museum of Natural History is also highly recommendable. In Washington, I especially liked the National Air & Space Museum. In 1994, I saw France as well as England. A Fulda chamber orchestra had chosen the Provence for a week's rehearsal, and in autumn, my class went to London. You should definitely see London's Science Museum! For plane enthusiasts like me, the RAF's Hendon museum is highly recommendable. The Imperial War Museum, which you should also visit if possible, features both tanks and aeroplanes. If you are rather interested in dinosaurs or natural sciences, give the Museum of Natural History a try!

© 06.02.2015 by Christoph Vernaleken. This article may not be published - as whole or in excerpts - in any form without written permission of the author