As the aviation industry continues to grow and evolve, so do the needs of all components on the aircraft, including lights.
As lead industrial designer at AVEO Engineering, the global aviation lighting leader with roots in Flagler County, Christoph Ziegler enjoys the challenge of designing lighting solutions for even the tiniest of places.
Whether that’s inside the cockpit or on the exterior of an aircraft, Christoph’s favorite part of the job is being presented a problem and trying to figure out a solution.
Born in Germany, Christoph relocated to the U.S. with his family at 15. He earned an associate degree from Palm Beach State College and a B.A. in Industrial Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale before joining the AVEO Engineering team.
“We’re pushing the envelope on what can be achieved in such tiny places … when it comes to where we’re mounting these lights. At times there are millimeters to play with and other companies can’t do it,” he noted, referring to the old industry standard in which manufacturers would have to find a way to outfit a plane with stock lighting, as opposed to finding a newer, often custom, solution.
The process to create the lighting products starts when Christoph is contacted by companies that are looking for a replacement solution or a new product. Christoph then works hand-in-hand with mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and optical engineers for a prototype.
As the aircraft industry grows, AVEO Engineering’s innovative designs will continue to spark interest in those seeking modern technologies and state-of-the-art designs.