P3 aero systems GmbH

P3 aero systems GmbH

P3 aero systems GmbH offers holistic development and technical consulting services to the aerospace industry due to our unique testing and simulation systems for wireless networks in commercial aircraft cabins.


International Management Consulting and innovative Engineering Solutions

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P3 aero systems focuses on the challenges facing future in flight entertainment and connectivity solutions (IFEC).

State-of-the-art connectivity in the airplane

Passengers expect to have access to functioning communication systems in the cabin. Frequently, the expectations of telephone line and internet availability in commercial air travel exceed the capabilities of installed systems and services offered like Wifi, Bluetooth, and LTE. Demands will continue to grow significantly due to the increasing number of passenger devices. To stay ahead of the competition, airlines, operators, and lessors need to ensure the functionality of their communication systems – a challenge in view of the rapid developments in the wireless sector, which contrast with long development cycles in aircraft manufacturing. Companies must plan for the mobile infrastructure in the passenger cabin years before commissioning the airplane itself.

This is why P3 aero systems has developed a unique system that, for the first time, facilitates comprehensive analysis, measurement, evaluation, and simulation of wireless networks in commercial airplane cabins even during the early planning phase. The geometry and equipment of the passenger cabin and the design of the wireless infrastructure can be optimized around future requirements. P3 experts combine their global, industry-leading expertise testing wireless networks with over 20 years of consulting experience with major aircraft and system manufacturers.

We offer comprehensive development and consulting services for the aerospace industry, primarily to device / system suppliers and operators

  • External communication to airplanes / helicopters SatCom and / or terrestrial systems air-to-ground (ATG)
  • Primary flight systems and avionics
  • Commercial aircraft systems such as – but not restricted to – in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC)
  • Airline-specific applications and systems
  • We supplement this expertise with innovations and R&D, and participate in relevant committees such as SAE / AEEC (previously ARINC).



How can we use smart cities to fight desolation in the city center? How can smart homes make life for the elderly easier? How can you implement beacon technologies to optimize processes at an airport? How can quality management processes help digitize aircraft manufacturing? These and other questions are the kinds of issues we’re working on in our new digitalization business unit.

Our hardware laboratory develops embedded systems and IoT assemblies like BLTE beacons or smart home components. The P3 app factory develops apps for all mobile operating systems. To ensure our solutions remain in use, our agile development goes hand in hand with internal UX testing and crowd testing. This allows us to continuously update and quickly improve our solutions.
Our data analytics group evaluates the flood of data points inundating us under digitalization. To do so, we use big data tools like Apache Hadoop and visualization tools like Tableau. We’re especially excited about our use of new kinds of algorithms from machine learning. These allow us to gain totally new insights and develop innovative business models.
We ensure the success of our digital solutions through change management and empowering concepts.
Digitalization: We’re not just talking about it, we’re making it happen.


P3 started in the aerospace industry in 2001. As has happened so frequently throughout our company’s history, it all started with a consulting project and project management services.

In 2004, we were entrusted with consulting services for a major project. It focused on migrating 2D data for a complete aircraft line to 3D. The customer was so satisfied with our project management and technical competence that they asked whether P3 would be interested in taking over off-shore construction work in India as well. It was a big challenge, but we were happy to tackle it. P3 engineering and our office in India have grown out of this opportunity. P3 is one of four Airbus Group E2S preferred supplier for engineering and customer services with rank A and therefore Germany’s largest supplier for aerospace engineering. Since 2011 we are a design organization in accordance with EASA 21J 469. This certification was a game changer, giving us the chance to get into the product business. We combine innovative engineering approaches with an intelligent supply chain concept. This allows us to supply all emergency equipment for the A350. We’re also proud to be a “risk sharing partner” for the A350.
Furthermore, we will be delivering structural components for the new Beluga for our partner Deharde. We scored points for our design automation approaches, which led to reduced lead times and reduced expenses in the development process. We’re already working on transferring these P3 skills to other industries. Initial examples include the development of electric design concepts in automotive construction and technical documentation for OEMs in shipbuilding.

Project Management Services

Large companies have to deal with the challenge of working on many different projects at once. They’re rarely able to manage all these projects like they need to.

Project management skills are a crucial factor for success, but they often get left out of the conversation. Because of this, projects can sometimes run into crises, and have to be brought back on track by spending lots of time and resources. Closing these gaps – and, ideally, avoiding crises altogether in projects – is a key area of competence at P3.
“The way P3 manages projects, while optimizing its customers processes “on the go”, is unique. And the way they provide engineering services, and at the same time improve customer project management – this is something you can only get from P3” said one former Airbus board member. This doesn’t mean that P3 replaces internal management; instead, we enforce the team, empowering them in their daily work.
We use intelligent planning and select the best methods to lay the groundwork for successful project completion. We believe our role is to provide management support for a limited time, then leave our customers stronger and more skilled than when we came on the scene.

Strategy and Process Consulting

“Anytime we see a yard full of pallets, we start to feel right at home.” This is the kind of statement that symbolizes our passion for consulting.

We always strive to stick close to operations, directly implementing concepts and strategies alongside our customers. Our strategy doesn’t stop with Power-Point. That’s just the beginning – we’ve started numerous projects with clients during strategic consulting processes. That’s how our subsidiary P3 systems was formed, for instance. We were commissioned to help increase the efficiency of testing processes at an automotive OEM. Today, P3 tests entertainment systems for many international automotive OEMs in our own testing labs.
The special thing about our consultants is their ability to handle complex technical challenges. Right from the start, we think in terms of tangible solutions. “They have their heads in methods, but their feet on the ground” – just one statement from an international customer. We love to hear these kinds of compliments. We want to be seen as an agent of empowerment. When we talk about complexity management, for instance, we don’t have some academic construct in mind. Instead, we offer a tangible approach that frees our clients from excessive complexity, allowing them to concentrate again on their core value creation process. We don’t use one-size fits all solutions: instead, we offer understanding and empowerment.

Technology Consulting

“What others are with regard to costs, we want to be with regard to quality.” This was one of P3’s founding tenets in 1996. Contrasting these two ideas led us to a third: “Technology Consulting.

”Most of our consultants are engineers. Our expertise is based on deep scientific and technical understanding. This is especially clear in the area of mobile networks. We’re currently working on using them to transmit data and speech – delivering huge quantities of data in real time. Over the last few years, we’ve purposefully expanded our capabilities to become a specialist and partner in all questions related to digitization.
Technology connects us – and it doesn’t stop at industry boundaries. Our areas of expertise are merging over time as well. Whether we’re working on electric mobility, recharging infrastructure, or battery systems – smart homes or smart grids – autonomous systems, cyber-security, or connectivity – in the end, it’s all connected. Technology is what empowers us and binds everything together.
We understand technology. We may be nerds. But we still speak your language.


With roots in RWTH Aachen University, today P3 primarily hires natural scientists and technical employees, and works at the highest levels of technical competence for our customers. We serve the automotive industry as a specialized testing provider for developing electrical and electronic components.

P3’s in-house testing facilities test the most modern equipment systems such as infotainment, controls for alternative drives, or driver assistance.
We handle everything – from individual component or software module tests to subsystem testing or complete systems integration. We are already known worldwide in the telecommunications industry as experts for mobile benchmarks. Every day, our testing engineers are completing test drives all around the globe. The press reports on our results every year, is the biggest mobile network comparison there is.
At the same time, we are supporting mobile phone manufacturers during their development to ensure their devices are functioning. Over the years, we’ve developed not only our technical expertise, but also methods, processes, and tools to make testing more efficient and more flexible.
We’ve also perfected reporting to offer our clients with the greatest possible transparency in evaluating their product maturity. This way our customers can concentrate on developing and operating their products, while we take over quality and development assurance.

Managing Directors of P3 aero systems GmbH