Category: fs35

Aerotow Test fs35

The time has come; the Akaflieg Stuttgart finally has its own towplane again! Last evening, the fs35 took to the skies with an ASK21 in tow. Thanks to its large wing area, the towplane lifted off early, almost at the same time as the sailplane. The tow was uneventful and didn’t pose any problems. During…
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News on fs35 Flight Testing

A year ago from today, the fs35 performed its first flight in Schwäbisch Hall. Many things have happened since then; the plane was ferried to Bartholomä, where it continues to be flight tested. After the first flights this year, we started with crosswind and headwind tests, which would prevent us from being too dependent on…
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Progress on fs35 Flight Testing

Last week we told you that flight testing on the fs35 was to resume shortly. Now, we can tell you a bit about the progress we’ve made so far. We’ve worked on two separate fields: crosswind test and airspeed indicator calibration. In a crosswind test, the airplane is flown with crosswinds up to a certain…
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The fs35 Takes to the Skies Again

Last Friday, after a long winter break, the fs35 finally took off again. Just as during its first flight, our little harpy impressed us with its stunning flight performance. This is the first time that the fs35 flew after its ferry flight from Schwäbisch Hall back in September and it is also the first time…
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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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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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Arrival in Schwäbisch Hall

A great moment everyone’s been waiting for: The fs35 was able to get a glimpse of the runway for the first time – in the midst of fellow aircraft. At our rollout event a few weeks ago, the prototype was assembled and displayed on the university campus. The event was complete with a presentation of…
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