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Battery Performance Tests
Battery Performance Tests

After completing the first fully-functional battery module in June 2019, we could finally run different test scenarios to evaluate our preliminary design.

Detailed Propeller Design
Detailed Propeller Design

An important element of the pioneering FVA 30 project is the propeller.

System Diagram
System Diagram

The FVA-30 is designed as a hybrid-electric powered glider for medium-range flights (600-800 km), with the range extender (REX) providing the power required in cruise flight (optimum operating point).

FVA-30 First Battery Module
FVA-30 First Battery Module

Exactly on time, it was ready for presentation at our workshop celebration in June: After long days and numerous nights of hard work, we were able to complete our first fully functional test battery after the preliminary battery design for the FVA-30 had been completed at the beginning of the year.

Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) of the FVA 29 Mast
Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) of the FVA 29 Mast

For about a year now, the FVA is cooperating with the Institute of structural mechanis and lightweight construction (SLA) at RWTH Aachen University.

The move is over
The move is over

Today, on Saturday the 28th of July 2018, the FVA 28b finally moved in next to our workshop.

Workshop Party 2018
Workshop Party 2018

June 23rd, 2018 - Counting down the days finally came to an end, it is once again time for our legendary workshop party.

Field trip to Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt
Field trip to Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt

On the 25th May 2018, 20 FVA members followed the invitation from Lufthansa Technik and made their way to Frankfurt.

ILA 2018
ILA 2018

Last week, the FVA presented their progress in cooperation with other Akaflieg groups from Germany at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

FVA 29 pole: Succesful load experiment #2
FVA 29 pole: Succesful load experiment #2

Back in January, we conducted a first test run of the load experiment with an early model of the pole.

The successful load test of the FVA 29 mast
The successful load test of the FVA 29 mast

Shortly before the new year, we were able to perform the load test of the FVA 29 mast.

Structure Health Monitoring inside of the FVA 29 mast
Structure Health Monitoring inside of the FVA 29 mast

The Christmas season has begun, and while everywhere doors are opening, we plan to install some piezo-sensors in the FVA 29 mast.

The Harz mountain wave on FL230
The Harz mountain wave on FL230

Thursday, 23.11.2017 in facts: 1000 km car ride, 230 km cross country flying and about 7000 m climbing in 26 h

47 48 49 50 ! propeller test sucessfully finished
47 48 49 50 ! propeller test sucessfully finished

Concentrated looks at a digital display, continuous looks at the watch and the countdown is ticking.

FVA at the Idaflieg Alpes fligth training
FVA at the Idaflieg Alpes fligth training

A drive of about 700 km to southern Germany, snow covered glaciers shining in the distance, ski socks and warm boots.

FVA 29 propeller at the test bed
FVA 29 propeller at the test bed

It was a long wait untill this moment.