Pôle France Vol à Voile
Unique in Europe, the "Pôle France" Vol à Voile (previously called "Centre de Formation et de Haut-Niveau" - Training &Top-Level Sportive Center for gliding) is the technical capital of the French Soaring Federation (FFVV).
It offers the possibility of perfecting your gliding in an exceptional aerological site from Southern to Northern french Alps, with the best expert instruction and the best technical equipment.
Mountain ranges that climbs up to the highest peaks in the Alps criss crossed with rivers, streams and lakes, make this region a major center for outdoor sports of all kinds, for airsports in particuliar.
The plateaus of the south and Alps to the north are blessed with an extremely diverse aerology with wave, ridge and thermal lift prevalent all year round.
The Pôle's activity is complementary to the more traditional club's ; it is especially adapted to give pilots a specific training for flying in mountain areas, in training them for competitions and perfecting long distance flights, aerobatics, etc.
Any qualified pilot, whatever his or her level and experience are.
The Pôle is opened all year round and can fit in with your wishes, needs and skills
The training courses start on monday morning.
The first day at 8:45 a.m., in the hall, to sort up any questions of accomodation, insurances, entry forms...
Every day at 9:30 a.m. in one of the class rooms, the briefing :
then the gliders are brought out of the hangars and placed into grid, lunch time... and flight !
14 persons work at center including 5 instructors led by Eric Napoléon, Chief Pilot, 1993 and 1995 World Champion (15 m class).
Such a high level team achieves the best safety conditions and courses.
Around the airfield, the Pôle's main building opens into a very large hall with bar and phone boxes.
The two exterior wings and the upper floors house the class and conference rooms, the administrative offices and accomodation reserved for the trainees. The bedrooms are either single or two or three beds and are equipped with shower and toilet. Near the building, a camper area allows more than 20 RV installations with facilities (toilet, water, electric connection) and several bungalows equipped for 4 persons (2 bedrooms, 1 main room with kitchen, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet)
The first ski resorts are at one hour driving, so do not forget your equipment in winter !
You will be in an extremely diverse and picturesque region not far from les "Gorges du Verdon", Aix-en Provence, Avignon, Nice...
From June 16th to July 18th, 1997, because of WGC, no training courses.
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