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.
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