Nixus is an experimental, ultra high aspect ratio, sailplane. The project is lead by Professor Dr. Paulo Iscold at Cal Poly.
To assist with flight testing of Dr. Iscold’s Nixus Sailplane, Akaflieg SLO created a wing drag measuring device known as a drag rake. Our drag rake is unique in that all the electronics are contained on the rake itself, as opposed to existing drag rake systems where the electronics are inside of the aircraft away from the drag rake. A self-contained unit significantly reduces the set-up time, since the system is portable and only needs to be mounted to the wing. Unlike traditional systems, pneumatic tubing does not need to be run from the drag rake to the interior of the aircraft. Our drag rake relays data to the pilot in real-time via a WiFi-equipped microcontroller that can send the data to any smart device with a web browser.
Funding for this project came from the Baker/Koob endowment, and allowed the purchase of electronics, parts, and testing equipment.
In the Fall of 2016, CCSC was awarded a flight simulator rig from White Oak Communications, LLC (www.GLIDERBOOKS.com) to implement in a new student run program on the Cal Poly campus. The press release for the acquisition is available here. The program aims to increase youth involvement in soaring, provide a convenient training facility for the majority of CCSC youth members, and expand the reach of the soaring community. The simulator will be acquired this weekend in Avenal directly from Russell Holtz, the developer of the simulator and associated training aides that will be used. He is the author of a stand alone glider training manual that implements Condor as a training aid.
Enabling Affordable Flight Training
It is proven that one of the best ways to reduce the cost of primary flight is to fully understand skills outside of the aircraft before attempting them in the air. Simulators address this extremely well, allowing students to practice maneuvers before stepping into an aircraft, where the clock is running and costs quickly increase.