« Reader's Question ─ Aix en Provence Contact | Main | Reader's Question - English-Language Flying Lessons »

09 October 2019


Hi Trevor, Welcome to the land of Microlight flying. I have the same problem as youm the only difference is i own a plane (still registered in Ireland). As far as i know, if you are current, then a GST is all is required and swot up on the French radio calls, although the guys at my place are used to me calling in english and even profit from it. As to the registration, i would get it registered on the french system as then you dont need to go throught the rigmarole of somehow getting it re-permitted every year. Mine is still on the irish register as i have only just re-permitted so it will stay on there until it is almost run out then it will go on the french register. Regards


Good Morning Trevor

Contact Roger Sprague

He is based at Limoges air club He’s an English instructor based in France and can deal with your licensing requirements and answer any questions you might have he is a nice bloke. This is his email

Good luck in France.





I'd strongly recommend any ULM based in France to be wholly in the French system. A "G" registered A/C will be endless hassle (I've tried it); insurance may be near impossible to organise, then there's Brexit.....

Radio communication in France will be a problem; even good French speakers can have problems! A lot of the radio chatter that goes on around smaller French airfields is not strictly airfield related; around French ULM sites it can be even more difficult. My French is poor but I've flown with good French speakers who when asked to translate the last (inevitably fast) communication have replied "God Knows".

Around bigger A/F's (those with ATC, Class D, etc) it's far simpler, better radio discipline and they may well agree to speak English.

One solution to your licence question would be to do a short course at an English speaking ULM centre. Local to me is ULM Stex (St Exupery) in the SW., Lot & Garonne. {www.ulmstex.com}
They have accommodation on site; I trained there but had a UK PPL when I started. It's a long way from you but the weather will be a LOT better. I'd recommend them without hesitation.

Feel free to drop me a line if you need further information.

David Walsh

Thank you for the advice gents,



Thank you for the advice gents,



Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Become a Fan