When I first joined the Aéro-club de Limoges in 2005, I immediately enjoyed the great French flying environment with wonderful destinations, brilliant air traffic services and numerous 'community' airfields with excellent facilities which most UK flyers could only dream of.
Also, aircraft hire was available at about 60% of UK prices and landing-fees were either trivial or non-existent—at €25 per hour, the charges of the club's 'career' instructor were extremely reasonable.
The only 'blot on the landscape' was the lack of easily-accessible information on such technical issues as the different airspace rules, the procedures for approaching uncontrolled airfields and the precise privileges of a non-JAR UK licence, or even UK-issued JAR licences.
This is why I created francoflyers to provide information and support for the English-speaking community of flyers operating in France—I deliberately chose the 'blog' format to provide an opportunity for everybody to share their own experiences.
And because I didn't want to do all of the work myself.
In designing the site, I aimed at simplicity with the result that anybody can view the articles and post comments without any formal subscription procedure.
Note, however, that any inappropriate postings will be deleted.
Anybody wishing to submit original articles should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will initiate the process of setting you up as an author.
Please include your name in the email.
If you aren't terribly comfortable with using computers, send the article anyway and I will post it in your name.
Authors may include photographs in their articles using the 'insert image' facility but any material for the Flying Photos section should be sent to email@example.com together with with an appropriate title and caption along the lines of those already displayed—I will sort out any necessary resizing or format conversion.
Any other problems, questions or suggestions in connection with this blog can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or observations relating to existing articles are probably best published as comments to those articles.