Do these sort of services exist? Kind of romantic / champagne flights for two people?
I found your website through Google and thought that you might be able to provide some information on that.
I am inquiring about renting a C172 for a short period.
Visiting France with family to fly for leisure.
Please provide some guidance
647 678 1875
Also (separate message)
I hold an English speaking VFR pilot with license from Canadian Aviation Authorities and own a Cessna 172.
I am visiting France in July 2016.
I would like to get a check ride with an instructor in order to rent a Cessna aircraft, if that is possible
Please guide me to any Cessna 172 rental authorities
Arvinder (RV) Sandhu
647 678 1875
I live in Gaillac France and am retired from airlines.
I wish to renew my EASA ATPL medical and also FAA.
Is there an examiner near me who doesn’t charge an arm and leg?
Paul Bazire writes:
I've been trying to contact St Omer airfield where which the North Weald Flying Group are planning to visit on April 9th.
As with many French airfields as you know its not unusual for them not to reply and we have just turned up.
However my concern at the moment given the recent weather is the condition of the airfield.
I don't want to turn up and find its a bog on arrival. I was wondering if amongst your myriad of French contacts you might know someone who could advise as to the condition.
Antony Lancashire writes:
As my French is almost none existent, I am trying to find out if it is possible, to take the ULM theory test in English.
Hopefully someone will know a way around this.
Kevin Widdowson writes:
I am currently looking forward to a long vacation in France for 2016 and am interested in touring the length and breadth of the country in a 2 seat light Aircraft.
My plan is to base the plane somewhere convenient for the season and arrange local bed & Breakfast throughout the French countryside.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who has, or knows of any available hangarage around Angers/Cholet/Poitiers/Mayenne or even further afield.
Location is not so important, as plans for accommodation will be made around where the plane is based.
Kevin Riley writes:
Hi, can you answer the question as to why we cannot pay landing fees at airports such as La Rochelle and Brive, we have to wait until it is sent to us in the UK, then try and pay on receipt, which in this case has come 3 weeks after our return.
Fiona Rendon writes:
I have a EASA PPL issued by the CAA due for revalidation at the end of May.
The DGAC say they are not able to give me a two year revalidation, even though I have met all the PPL requirements.
They say I must send my license and log book to the CAA.
The late Sue Virr renewed my license four years ago when it was a JAA PPL.
Can anybody provide me with any information on how to proceed?
Ian Gawn writes
I am a lapsed PPL but remain passionately interested in flying
Friend just over the border into Deux-Sevres have a friend coming to see them nxt week and is considering coming by helicopter - type unknown.
He can probably go to Fontenay le Comte or perhaps even the local ULM site, but what are French rules about using the farmer's field next door - with his permission of course.
Roger Breckell writes:
The past couple of days have been frustratingly foggy in NW England so we fell to planning a French tour in July and tried to use the sia site to research airfields.
But is seems to have changed and we have not been able to figure it out.
Can you help please as it used to be so easy to use. I hope it is teething problems (or our poor interpretation)
Thanks Roger breckell
Roger nom Deplume writes:
I happened to come across your website and I was pleasantly surprised to read on Page 1 of French Rules and procedures dated 5th August 2009, in which it states what I have always understood to be, that UK Pilots have to remain in sight of the ground unless you have a full IR in France, although the French Pilots can go VFR on Top in their Airways
Your article says that a current UK IMC Rating overrides this, although it is not valid outside UK Airspace, and we can fly VFR on top with broken clouds in French Airways.
Can you clarify whether with the new CBM IR now in existence, that using the IMC Rating for flying in French Airways is allowed under the French CAA and the UK CAA.
If it is, this would save a lot of grief trundling along through claggy weather in France.
If there is anything officially that clarifies this, it would be great, as I do not want to fall foul of the UK or French CAA’s by doing this, and have my licence affected in any way. I look forward to hearing from you,
Gail Burch writes:
Hello, My name is Gail Burch and I will be visiting the Bordeaux region of France starting the week of April 11.
I am a private pilot (USA) and would like to take a sightseeing flight with an instructor in the region.
Is this possible and if so what is the best method to facilitate this dream?
Richard Lyon writes:
Do you have any information or links to French websites dealing with availability of Mogas in France?
We've found around half-a-dozen airfields with Mogas (Dijon Darois, Bar le Duc, Bellegarde for example) but even info on petrol stations nearby to fields would be really useful.
Some more info here: http://goo.gl/mU3Yg2
UL91 is an alternative, and Total have published a map here:
Look forward to hearing from you.
(Trained with Sue Virr a few years ago...sadly missed)
William Metz writes:
I am hoping I have stumbled upon a good resource. I am planning to operating a class D drone (Sensefly Ebee) in France next year for non commercial agricultural (vineyard) mapping.
Currently I do this work in Switzerland where there is much lighter regulation.
It looks like it will be necessary to obtain a theoretical ULM licence for the type of surveying I want to do.
Is it possible to take this theoretical exam in English? If not is there an equivalent exam, recognized in France, given by any US or UK bodies?
If this subject has already been covered on this website or another, please point me in that direction.
All the best,
David Eardley writes:
I hope you will be able to help me. I live in France, in the Loire, and currently keep my Super Cub at Loudun. I would love to have my cub at home and have made some enquiries with a local land owner to see whether they would be willing to let me rent some land directly behind our house.
My question is what are the laws with regard to creating a private airstrip?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jed Dryden writes:
I am a hot air balloon instructor from Hampshire.
I have been searching the internet for information on airspace and restricted zones relating to ballooning in Creuse but with no joy.
I came across your website and hope you can help.
I'm not sure of any french regulations which may apply. I have a house 10km south of Dun-Le-Palestal and will be coming over on the 18th August for a month with my balloon and hope to do some flying.
Could you possibly advise me on any airspace and maps that would be needed and a good website for lower atmosphere weather suitable for ballooning. I have purchased local maps of the area. (Carte topographique serie bleue, 1:25 000)
Many thanks in anticipation, look forwards to your reply.
Attatched is pic of my balloon, a Lindstrand 77A, reg G-BZGV taken at the LMAB France (Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons) in Chambley last year.
Cris Bourillon wtires:
I am french, I fly out of Normandy on the basis of a UK CAA PPL that I got in 1998.
I am in the process of converting my CAA licence into an EASA one. To do so, I need a valid language proficiency test acceptable to the UK CAA. Would you know if there are any organisations, flight schools, etc. in France that offers this test and is recognised by the CAA?
Thanks in advance.
Desmond Stagg writes:
I fly a Robin 3000/160.
Does anyone have a copy of the POH in English (or French).
The copy I have, supplied with the a/c when it was new is in German
Not that I have problems with the German language (my second mother tongue) but there is various information, (weight & balance*, performance, take off and landing etc.) in same that gives me the feeling the translation is partly incorrect. I presume from French to English then English to German.
One final point, Has the 3000/160 a 160 HP engine or 180 hp?
I can find nothing in the poh.
OK, enough for now, I look forward to hearing from someone?
Bye for now and happy landings
* PS, does anyone have a "sensible" W & B chart? The French one is so confusing!
With reference to the engine power I have found out the following;
According to the German Version of the POH, which is an official document, power output is 160HP;
I have researched Lycoming and they give the output for this engine as 180 hp. Now I am really confused! Perhaps a French/English poh will reveal the correct answer?
Fiona Renton writes:
Dear Stuart (Morton)
My PPL, which I proudly obtained at Limoges under the guidance of Sue Virr in 2009, is due for renewal.
I live in France near Nimes and fly regularly with Aeroclub du Nimes, and I intend to change my FAA-FCL PPL(A) to and EASA PPL(A).
I have applied to the CAA on line to effect this change, but the stumbling block might be that my current medical Class 2 valid until the end of September 2014 will not be excepted by them as good enough for the transfer.
The CAA have written saying my UK medical is out of date, and obviously that was the medical I took for the initial licence issue in 2009, but I have subsequently renewed it in France.
Reading of your new students ability to get an EASA licence complete with medical for €40 at Limoges, I wonder if you can assist me in anyway should the CAA not except my current medical as valid/good enough.
Many thanks in advance
Stuart Morton writes:
Firstly I would like to wish you and all Francoflyer readers a happy new year from here in Limoges.
I wanted to let you know about a few things that have come out of some discussions here in Limoges with the regional licensing officer for the DGAC Monsieur Boulanger.
Initially the exciting news that the DGAC are now willing to deliver licences for those pilots who train here in France but also wish to take the UK theory exams with me as I am a registered ground examiner. We are hoping to do the first one in the coming weeks, so the british student will receive an EASA licence from the authority here, the main advantage being that those pilots who are French residents will not have to travel to the UK for an initial Class 2 medical and instead can take advantage of the class medicals here in France which cost only 40 euro.
Secondly the question which was raised regarding the "French Only" airfields.
This got the French reception that we all know and love with some head scratching....... so i posed the direct question that if someone wishes to land at a French only airfield which is controlled and needs mandatory radio does the pilot need a recognized Qualification in French and the answer was yes.
I then asked where one could obtain a qualification to be told it would have to be at one of the large aviation schools with an examiner in either Toulouse or Paris.
I asked if a PPL examiner could do it and I was told no, as there is a specific syllabus and exam to pass.
I hope this might provide some clarification to your reader Les and it also means that I too I have learned something here this week.
French Airfield Charts available from―French Airfield Charts and NOTAMS
Jaap Snippe writes:
Is it allowed for a non French speaking pilot to land in France on an airfield without AFIS on the 123.5 French only frequency.
Can anyone please tell me why VRP,s are not shown on French aviation maps please?
I have looked on the 1:500 000 and they are not shown!
Or are they marked on a different map or document?
Simon Rolfe writes:
I am interested in doing some training in mountain flying, purely for my own education and interest at this stage.
Could Franco Flyers help in this regard, or be able to put me onto an English-speaking organisation that could if you are unable to?
I would have to hire the trainer's aircraft.
• Senior First Officer, Eastern Airways Saab 2000 Fleet
• EASA Flying Instructor (PPL/Night/IMC/Aerobatics/Pilot's Companion)
• UK CAA Authorised Flight Examiner (PPL/IMC/SEP) & Ground Examiner (PPL/IMC)
• AOPA-registered Flying & Ground Instructor
• Upper Freeman, Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
• Associate Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society & the British Aerobatic Association
• Member of AOPA & the Royal Aero Club
Mohamed Soliman writes:
I will be very grateful if you could advice me regarding pilot training for disabled person.
My friend is paraplegic due to accident. He became interested in flying and he is french resident and has been living in France for last 25 years.
He lives in Dijon. Are there any flying clubs near Dijon, that train disabled person
Many thanks and appreciate your help.
David Pedley writes:
I shall be based for a few weeks at the tiny (but very friendly) airport of Les Sables d’Olonne (LFOO), as in past summers. Inevitably on the designated return date, the cloud will be down and the rain pouring.
However, fortunately I now have an IR and so would like this year to file IFR for the return to the UK, probably via Dinard or Cherbourg for customs clearance. LFOO has only a common radio frequency and there is seldom anyone monitoring the ground station.
My questions are:
Will be grateful for any advice.
Oleg Savashinsky writes:
My name is Oleg, I'm from Belarus.
I have PPL license and looking for an English-speaking instructor to get mountain rating.
I'd be very appreciate if you could recommend me anybody
Jim Edgeworth writes:
Two pilots flying an RV6 and a Glastar,from North East England, are planning a tour of Western France this May (weather permitting).
Our route is Abbeyville, Limoges, Montpellier, Toulouse, Biarritz and then follow the Atlantic coast to La Rochelle, Quiberon, around the Brest peninsular to Lannion then Jersey, back to Caen and on up the coast to Calais and home.
Our problem is that the entire Atlantic coast from just north of Biarritz seems to be restricted by R31 & R61 or further north by LVD18 which would not allow us to view the coastline or navigate around the Brest peninsular.
What we have read so far suggests that we should abandon the coast and route further inland, which will spoil the trip.
Any advice or clarification would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, neither of us speak French so I assume we will have to avoid FR only airfields.
Jim Edgeworth (RV6A)
David Walsh writes:
Does anyone have contact details for an English speaking Flight Examiner in France (preferably in the SW) who could give advice on the new EASA licence structure specifically LAPL /PPL as relating to motor gliders (eg ASH26E/ DG800 type SLMGs)?
Does the “Nearly Heaven” operation at Limoge still exist in some form?
I have a French glider pilot Brevet and a newly expired JAA PPL (TMG) issued by the CAA but I am now resident in France with a UK registered motor glider.
I have spent a few hours on the CAA web site and remain confused as to whether PPL(gliders) or LAPL (TMG) is the route to go.
Any advice /help out there?
Jack Newman writes:
Found your website whilst googling altiports and mountain flying in France.
I'm toying with the idea of trying to do a few days mountain flying with the particular idea of landing at some 'high-altitude' (high for me!) airfields.
Unfortunately my French leaves a lot to be desired and I was wondering if you know of a school that would offer English-speaking instruction in mountain flying?
Philipp Hayder writes
I'm an Austrian pilot with a French aircraft (Socata ST-10 "Diplomate") and fly to France from time to time. I have now heard that it has become necessary to hold a French LP Level 4 or higher to land at "French only" aerodromes.
Allegedly, there have been cases of police persecution and fines for those without an LP certificate.
Is this correct? If yes, do you have suggestions where to do the exam? Is this also possible outside of France?
Thank you & best regards,
Mike Stevenson writes:
Next summer I want to try something I’ve been thinking about for a long time—flying all the way around France, taking in the Pyrenees and the Alps.
I will take two weeks for this. Can anyone suggest any microlight friendly airfields, preferably with on-airfield camping, that I could incorporate into my route?
Mike Stevenson (C-42, G-FLYB)
Vassi Rehman writes:
I am new in France, willing to get my PPL training here in France at CAMI Aeroclub.
I have a question here that is that to get PPL, DGCA Exam is in French language or they provide the facility to pass the exam in English Language?
Or being an English student, is there any problem to get PPL in France.
Please let me get the benefit of your flying experience in france by you guys......
Thanks indeed for your help.
Ian Doubtfire writes:
I like your website - very informative.
I am trying to sell a beautiful Robin R3000/180.
Whilst it is on the UK register, only the French really know this aircraft.
Can you suggest a company that would be good to sell the aircraft in France.
Miguel Chiang writes:
I am a newly FAA licensed private pilot in France and I am looking for N-registered aircraft for rent in France, or a flying club in France who operates N-registered aircraft, in order for me to build time.
My preference is with Cessna, however I know the number of N-aircraft in Europe is limited so I am interested in other types as well.
I am based in Paris but would be interested anywhere in Northern and center part of France.
Can anyone help me where to look?
Thanks a lot.
Denman Rooke writes:
I’ve recently bought property in Aurignac (31420). My nearest airfield is LFJH Caziers Palaminy.
This airfield is under Restricted Area LF-R0046F3 (800AGL – 3300AMSL).
Apparently, its operation is ‘INTMT’.
Any ideas how I find out the hours of operation, and whether there is any dispensation for aircraft flying into this field?
I don’t relish creeping about at 700’ so close to the mountains.
Paul Madden writes:
I like the idea of European aeroclubs and, in particular, French aeroclubs.
Nothing like that here in the States with the possible exception of a few gliding clubs here and there. I visited one when I was last in France a few years ago.
I'm in the process of winding down my work at the Lab in preparation for retirement by the end of next month. More time available then to do some flying, etc.
I also have some (American) friends living in France (Paris) who suggested that I consider joining a French aeroclub and fly there during the summer, maybe for a month or so.
Unfortunately my wife is still working at a high-power job so could probably join me in France for only a short period during any given summer. But she says: do it!
Can you suggest a club, or clubs, where I wouldn't be out of the water given that I'm not fluent in French (actually not even close)?
However, I have no problem reading French.
Also, would it be a problem conversing with airfield controllers?
I imagine they have to speak English to get such jobs but I don't know if this is the case at smaller airports. Absolutely no rush for an answer.
P.S. I have also considered UK aeroclubs but I'm told the weather is so freaky in the summer that I could go for a month without ever flying. Don't know if this is accurate or not.
Will Dawes writes:
I am thinking about flying to Limoges from Shoreham in the UK possibly for my CPL qualifier, in possibly a DA40 or PA28. I have seen on your blog that you’ve flown from Limoges to the UK in the DA40; can I ask how long this took and if you have any advice for preparation for such flying in France?
I’m just completing my ATPL groundschool with a few hours yet to build.
Paul Madden writes:
I have written to many French ULM sources trying to find information about a French ULM from the late '90s called the Caprice 21. I have attached a photo of the aircraft (from Tagazous), and following is a link to a YouTube video of the aircraft (you have to go to the end to see the aircraft from a distance):
I have seen " for sale" advertisements for the aircraft in various French magazines dating back to the early 2000s. I think quite a few were manufactured, some powered by the R582 and others by the R912. From the YouTube video, I know where at least one is based - in south-west France. I wrote to the aeroclub at the airfield without getting a response. The French national ULM association was of no help either.
Anybody know anything about this aircraft?
My name is Frank, to make a long intro short; Dutch PPL, member of ACHR located at Habsheim-Mulhouse), live in France near the Swiss border.
My question; are there known examiners with whom I can do a Language Proficiency Endorsement (LPE) test.
I have found several institutes in the Netherlands that I consider a ripoff.
Kind regards Frank
Aéroclub du Haut-Rhin (ACHR) (See also French Aeroclubs list on sidebar)
Kristine Taylor writes:
Sorry but bit of a long shot here.
Does anyone know of a company with a helicopter that would pick up and return to the Vieux Logis in Tremolat 24510.
A friend is trying to arrange a trip for his elderly mother.
Scott Salyer writes:
I'm recently relocating to Nice/Cannes area.
Typed in Hawker 800/900/Citation 500/525SP and total time just short of 10,000 hrs.
Very interested in local flying clubs and aviation friends.
Can you recommend a local instructor in Cannes area?
Need to understand the local rules before I take off flying around.
Do you recommend local flying club?
Martin Toseland writes:
I hope you are able to help me out. I have just begun training on a three axis in the uk. However, I regularly travel to the South of France, where my partner is from. We intend to move back there in a year or so. As I will also be looking for a career change I had the strange notion of combining my newly rediscovered love of flying with a career. So, what are my questions? Well, the questions I was hoping you could help answer are:
What qualifications or tests would I need to undertake if I wanted to be able to become a ULM instructor in France? What qualifications would be required, such as time I have held a PPL etc. Also, is it necessary for all tests to be completed in French?
If I was to restart my three axis training in france, as I have not done many lessons yet, what licence would I receive and could I fly in the uk on this? I could arrange an intense training course to achieve this pretty quickly at one of the French ULM centres, recommendations appreciated (the closer to Marseille the better).
Are there any peculiarities in teaching ULMs in France that I would not be aware of? I ask this as it seems there are often strange rules connected with trades that do not exist in the uk, like teachers not being allowed a second job outside of education!
If there is a need for clarification of anything I will be happy to elaborate.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
John Bachelor writes:
Do you know the position in France regarding sharing the cost of a flight. I know that in the UK under the CAA the pilot has to pay his share, but what about in France, flying a French reg aircraft. There is some discussion on http://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-372503.html
It seems it’s OK in Germany, but nobody has clarified the position here.
Hope you can help.
Stuart Morton writes:
I wanted to ask if there were any Francoflyers who have come across any training organisations in France that would be recommended.
I am thinking in particularly of post-PPL training?
Do you know if/when I get my UK PPL would I then be able to do the further ratings in France.
NB Stuart is a professional photographer, currently training for a UK-issued PPL at Limoges but lives in the South of France.
Paddy Yeoman writes:
Can I use Olivia to file a flight plan from UK to france on my PC without the usual faxing (eg Leicester to Le Touquet). Are there any snags, how do I know it has been received OK.
France to the Channel Islands (Iles Anglo-Normandes)
I am keen to pop into the Channel Islands when flying France to the UK so I can pick up cheap fuel.
If someone could advise where to find the info on customs/immigration for that trip (and the opposite direction) I would like to know.
Alternatively: How do I purchase duty free fuel when leaving France?
I will be flying HA-YAB which I wrote about in an earlier article.