Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, work is mostly done in home-office. To simplify your entry into the Akaflieg, we ask you to fill the registration form to visit our workshop below.Registration form
We’re happy that you found us here! We would like to give you a quick overview on what an Akaflieg is, how it works, and how you can find us.
Events for people interested in joining
To simplify your entry, we would like to invite you to our workshop nights. These take place every Wednesday at 4 pm in our workshop. Here, you will have the chance to know us. An extra plus, you can directly start collecting hours so that you can start with flying as soon as possible! If you want to directly start, it’s recommended to bring work clothes.
How is work going at the moment?
The Akaflieg during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Due to hygienic restrictions, entry to Akaflieg premises is only allowed in justified exceptional cases and with prior registration.
Behind the scenes, a lot is happening in the form of home-office work, from administrative to CAD work.
We continue flying on the airfield with strict compliance to the rules set by the BWLV and the state government.
How does an Akaflieg work?
The Akaflieg is completely organised by us students. We alone determine our projects and turn them into reality. Our advantage is that we can act independent of economical demands, allowing us to work on unusual and innovative projects. For these, creative and motivated people are needed, who are willing to spend their time.
Looking back at the Akaflieg’s History, one can see that the concept of the Akaflieg works quite well and that the Akaflieg Stuttgart built a few great airplanes.
Who finances all this? This question gets thrown around pretty often. For one, we earn money by doing commissioned work for companies. We also receive donations from companies or association supports. In particular, the materials for the building stage of a project usually come from donations from supporting companies. Finally, we also recieve support from former members.
What about flying in the Akaflieg?
Everybody who is highly motivated and collects enough working hours can fly sailplanes with us, for free even!
As a new member, one has to collect 100 working hours before one is allowed to fly. Generally, the first winter at the start of one’s studies offers a good opportunity to do this.
The flying season properly kicks off in the following spring with our beginner’s flying camp (flying along as a passenger is of course also possible). This means spending two weeks on the airfield in Bartholonä. There, we have a House where we can sleep over.
If you don’t have a sailplane pilot’s license, you can start your pilot’s education here with our flight instructors. Generally, it takes two seasons until you recieve your pilot’s license. If you already have a license, you can directly fly with us.
Here’s how you can find us
Our workshop is located directly on campus grounds of the University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart-Vaihingen