Hi there FrancoFlyers.
I have been flying as a PPL for some 30 years, including in the UK; owned a Tiger Moth (G-ADIA); still a member of the De Havilland Moth Club. Just very recently, I bought a yellow Husky (G-LTMM) from Bob Pooler; great fun in this part of the world.
Libourne aerodrome (LFDI) is just 15 minutes from home.
If you only have been drinking Saint-Emilion and not actually have seen this middle-ages city, then put it on your list for 2008. Do not wait, it's simply gorgeous.
And that is all thanks to Emilion from French Brittany, who chose to live (and drink) there in the 8th century!
Also, for those who do not know the city of Bordeaux: it's a little Paris, with a completely renovated center and many pedestrian areas. The mile-long quay along the river Garonne is wonderful for walking, jogging, eating and shopping.
Under your King Henry II, the Aquitaine Region including Bordeaux have been English for many decades.
For British Francoflyers, this region is just a must to better understand; you will enjoy it!
Back to flying, here is my idea:
I still own a Chipmunk, G-BXHA, one of the very last to leave the RAF in 1997. Chippy is undergoing its Star inspection and is top 5 in the world (those who have experience, know what I mean).
If there is some interest among you to do some tailwheel flying, I just might keep it and bring it over to Libourne. Not for commercial reasons, but to cover the costs with sufficient hours per year (Rates still to be defined).
The instructor of the LAC (Libourne Aeroclub) would be delighted to check you out, or to start tailwheel training with you.
Chippy is wonderful to fly and easy to land.
So, if you want, just give me your feedback; describe your interest to give me an indication. Don't feel committed.
The people over there all speak English...with a french accent!
Have fun and thanks,
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