News

2019 May.

AS 33: Wing load test successfully completed

More fuselage payload possible

Test wing at the moment where 1,725-times the<br>maximum possible loads in flight are acting.

Test wing at the moment where 1,725-times the
maximum possible loads in flight are acting.

The consequent aerodynamic design of the AS 33 with a wing area of only 10 m² and a profile thicknesses below 13% even in the wing-fuselage junction results in very high requirements for the wing structure.

With the combination of well proven design methods and modern nonlinear finite element analysis it was possible to realize a wing structure without any additional weight, compared to the ASG 29, carrying even higher loads.

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2019 May.

AERO 2019 – Postscript

Much News and a big Surprise

The 2019 Aero in Friedrichshafen was marked by innovation, much of which could be seen at the Schleicher stand.  Modifications to the ASG 32 Mi, detailed information about the new AS 33 18m glider, the new ASK 21 B and, of course, the announcement of our latest project, the 15/18m AS 34 Me electric self-launcher. learn more

2019 May.

EASA Safety Information Bulletin 2019-07

Important instructions for the rigging of sailplanes

Due to an accident, the EASA has published a Safety Information Bulletin dealing with the correct rigging of sailplanes.

More information: https://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2019-07.

You can find the bulletin on our website in the category “Generally TN” as well.

2019 Apr.

AS 34 Me introduced at the AERO

Electric Powered Self-Launching Standard Class Sailplane

“Self-Launch simply electrically” were the keywords on the large display announcing our newest aircraft type, the AS 34 Me, at the AERO exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany. It was surely a big surprise for many visitors who were looking for an easy to fly, fun aircraft with self-launching capability at a reasonable purchase price and with low maintenance costs.

The AS 34 Me does not only have outstanding handling characteristics and very good flying performance. The electrical propulsion system also offers sufficient power to permit everyday powered sailplane operations. In addition to abundant performance for a powerful self-launch (to e.g. 500 m), the  electric drive system also retains enough capacity for a further climb to 2,250 m, permitting an additional gliding range of 130 km using the saw-tooth climb/glide method. learn more

2019 Mar.

AS 33 – in big steps towards the prototype

The engineering team works with a lot of effort to start the series production of the new AS 33. Final structural and fluid dynamic calculations are completed with promising results. learn more

2019 Jan.

Previous ASK 21s also profit from the B-version

As a result of the new development for the ASK 21 B several of its features can be adopted by the large number of previous ASK 21 sailplanes.

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2018 Dec.

The AS Design Team Introduces Itself

LTR: Joschka Schmeisl, Paul Anklam, Andreas Storch, Ulrich Simon, Tobias Mörsel, Manfred Münch

LTR: Joschka Schmeisl, Paul Anklam, Andreas Storch, Ulrich Simon, Tobias Mörsel, Manfred Münch

 

With the new AS 33 Alexander Schleicher breaks with the decades long tradition of including the designer’s name in a new aircraft’s model designation. This shows even more emphatically that new developments from the Schleicher design division are products of teamwork. At the same time the depth of development expertise within Schleicher is significantly increased through the use of new technologies such as, for example, modern CFD software.

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2018 Dec.

Tom Claffey wins in Australia with his ASG 29

Narromine: 1st Place in 18m and Open class

Last year’s winner and ASG 29 pilot Tom Claffey also won the 57th Australian Multiclass Nationals in the 18m and Open class categories this year and with a significant points margin. Eight competition days were flown and Tom had two day wins.

More information: Soaring Spot

Photo: Gliding Australia

2018 Nov.

Sergio Andrade has flown the first 1000 km FAI triangle in Brazil with his ASH 30 Mi

The gliding season in the southern hemisphere starts

Sergio Andrade and Itamar Lessa in the ASH 30 Mi

Sergio Andrade and Itamar Lessa in the ASH 30 Mi

Despite having many good cross country pilots in Brazil, nobody had yet flown a 1000 km FAI triangle. Located in low latitudes, despite having areas with good thermals, days are simply not long enough. Nevertheless, thanks to a detailed preliminary planning, ASH 30 Mi pilot Sergio Andrade was able to carry out this project successfully on November 3, 2018.

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2018 Aug.

ASG 29 and ASH 31 Mi pilots very successful

Many new national champions

Again this year especially the ASG 29 pilots have been able to achieve exceptional competition results. The national championships of various countries around the world particularly stand out in this respect. We send our sincerest congratulations to these pilots for their remarkable successes. learn more