Cal Poly Akaflieg is a club for students who share a passion for aviation, gliders, and soaring. We design, build, and test full scale manned aircraft and flight testing instrumentation, introduce students to the sport of soaring on our immersive simulator, and help club members build invaluable industry experience and connections. We were established in 2015 by a group of Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering students, with the goal of emulating the German Akaflieg system, in which engineering students are provided with hands on opportunities to work on prototype manned aircraft. Our most recent project, the Nixus Sailplane, became the first manned general aviation fly-by-wire aircraft in 2019 after its maiden flight in March. In 2020, we became a recognized student organization at Cal Poly.


President: Spencer Umney

Treasurer: Varun Sameer Menon


Advisor: Dr. Paulo Iscold