Akaflieg Madrid was born in 2017 with the aim of returning to the original goals of Club de Vuelo UPM: creating a university club similar to the ones in German universities.
These clubs were formed in Germany between World War I and World War II as a consequence of the increasing number of competitions consisting in the creation of sailplanes (due to the sanctions imposed to Germany after WWI), which led to the appearance of small groups of engineering students of different technical universities with the aim of teaching the theoretical and practical parts of the aeronautic design.
This is why, regarding gliding, these are the main technological innovators, which have created hundreds of prototypes that have, eventually, reached the clouds.
All these Akaflieg are hosted by a larger organization called Idaflieg, where the Akaflieg Madrid was admitted in January 2019.
Akaflieg Madrid is formed by a small group of, approximately, 20 members of Club de Vuelo UPM, who are passionate about aviation an engineering. Some of these members have already finished their undergraduate studies. Nevertheless, they are important for the development of the projects. Each member of the Akaflieg has knowledge and abilities that differ from the rest, which he or she uses to teach the rest and solve the different duties that he is assigned to.
These members have a special commitment with the club because they must complete a minimum number of weekly hours to their tasks. However, there are also some advantages, such as paying only for the cost of the tow.
In addition to the development of projects, they are also responsible for the management of the Club, as well as the aircraft maintenance.
Being part of the Akaflieg offers its members useful skills regarding their professional careers as they face real-life situations, using techniques, tools and procedures used in the industry, as well as using the knowledge learned in class in the real life. This is the best way of training future workers.
How can I join the Akaflieg?
First, you must be a member of the Club de Vuelo UPM. To join the Club, you have to fill in the inscription form that we will hand you in the Club premises.
In order to join Akaflieg Madrid you do not have to posses any special knowledge nor abilities. The main goal of this organization is that its members learn and use the knowledge they acquire through the development of the different projects, so you do not have to worry about not having the required experience or skills.
You must only have good attitude and be able to keep your commitment, being ready to work and strive for the rest of the team. In addition, you have to be tolerant with the mistakes made by others, trying to learn from them.
Initially, during the first six months in the Akaflieg you will be learning from us, but you will not enjoy the privileges of the Akaflieg during this period. You have to show us your commitment without ‘expecting something in return’.
At this moment, Akaflieg Madrid, is involved in he development of different projects, being the main one the design of their own plane. In the page ‘Projects‘ you will find more information about each one:
- Flight test platform
- Gliding simulator
- Angle of Attack sensor