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fs36 FlyByWire

A new dimension of Performance and Safety! With this in mind, a new glider prototype is being built at Akaflieg Stuttgart. The most important feature can already be recognized in its name – FlyByWire: For the first time we want to do without the usual mechanical flight controls used in small aircraft construction. Instead, the…
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Flutter Tests on the fs33

This year, we continued with flight tests on the fs33 with the new winglets as part of the Idaflieg Summer Meet in Stendal. Since these new winglets alter both the aerodynamics and mass of the wings, flutter tests at speeds above the maximum permissible airspeed of 280 km/h (174 mph) must be done, specifically up…
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First Flight fs35 Harpyie

We finally did it! On the 13th of August 2019, our fs35 “Harpyie” finally took to the skies for the first time! Thus ends a long chapter in our little club. Ever since the idea for the project was born in 2003 and construction began in 2010, over 70 students have worked together alongside their…
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First-Aid Course

Those who spend a lot of time together experience many things together, which unfortunately includes things that are rather unpleasant. These are among other things injuries at the workshop or, God forbid, during a flight accident. Both are things one doesn’t necessarily want to experience and thankfully, both are rare occurences, but it doesn’t hurt…
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Tour at Winter Instruments

Every glider has an altimeter and a variometer. We need these instruments in our gliders to be able to assess our situation in flight. The airspeed indicator shows us the speed, the altimeter our altitude and the variometer how much you climb or sink per second. But unfortunately very few pilots actually know what is…
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High-Speed Taxi Tests with the fs35

It was an exciting moment for us; last Tuesday, the test pilot Ingmar Mayerbuch came to Schwäbisch Hall to perform the first high speed taxi tests on the fs35. Before running the tests, Mr. Mayerbuch took a closer look at the plane to make sure everything’s in top shape, inspecting the exterior, interior, and systems…
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A New Tool Cart for the fs35

Do you still remember our crowdfunding campaign of yesteryear? You have all supported us with more than 4400€, that’s just mind-blowing! We would like to thank all our donors again for the generous donations. Of course, we would gladly show you what we did with the money: We treated ourselves to a fully equipped tool…
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Propeller Feathering Test

On Thursday, we tested the propeller settings of the fs35. And it worked! A motor glider must glide as well as possible with the engine shut off. In the normal position the propeller causes a lot of drag. That’s why most motor gliders have a gliding position for the propeller. With our hydraulic variable pitch…
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Finally Flying Season

In our two-week beginner’s course, interested students are able to start flight training. Our prototype fs31 is especially busy with the flight students. Also the testing of our new winch, which our very own Fidde has built, was resumed. The Swabian Alb surprised us with sunny days and strong thermals, which are not usual at…
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