History of the AAVA


The AAVA runs one of the most numerous glider fleet in France: 18 sailplanes, 3 towplanes, and one ultra-light towplane. As a consequence, each member can always find a machine which matches his wishes and training level.


For initial training

To make basic training easier, the AAVA provides its students with a range of well-adapted material:


1 SF25 90CV F-CHCR 

Used for initial and campaign training and also TMG qualifications 





ASK21 (F-CJCN / F-CJEM)3 ASK 21 (F-CJCN / F-CJEM/D6709)

The ASK21 is the K13’s successor. Made of composite material, it is nowadays a widespread type in the French soaring clubs. Moreover, it has aerobatic capacities.
It is the first genuine fibreglass ship that the students fly.

 k21 TM

 1 DG 1001 F-CPVB

Plastic tandem 18 / 20m that can be used as well in school of beginning as perfecting.

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To improve your soaring knowledge

In this sector, the fleet is also homogeneous and well-adapted. These machines are widely-appreciated as they provide valuable help all through the cross-country training phase.

duo discus3 Duo-Discus F-CMEI / F-CIDR / D-6122

The Duo Discus is the machine we all dreamed of. Its characteristics (efficient controls, easy to fly, high performance standards, wide comfortable cockpit ) make it an outstanding club sailplane. We are happy to have three of them in our fleet.

F-CIDR, is fitted with a “fly-by-hand” device, which enables the Club to welcome handicapped pilots.

4 C101 Pégase ( F-CGBV, F-CHGO, F-CHLC, F-CHGH, the latter belonging to the Aneg organization)

The Pégase is the most representative of the French-built sailplanes. A 400 of them are still in airworthiness conditions in the French airclubs. One of ours is fitted with a “malonnier” ( fly-by-hand ) device.

2  LS4 F-CLMF / D-8973/D-4243

The LS4 is the single-seater which has been built in the largest numbers (1000 and more still flying around the world ). This very comfortable, easy to fly sailplane can please all types of pilots.


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For long-range flights


arcus1 Arcus (F-CZCX, belonging to Airbus Helicopters)

The Arcus is a recently-studied sailplane which combines comfort, high standards of performance and outstanding handling capacities.

This machine belongs to the Soaring Club of Airbus Helicopters but is nevertheless available for all qualified club members. Thanks to them for the loan!




ASH 25 : F-CGKT1 ASH 25 (F-CGKT)

Our club’s flagship has a 25 m. wingspan. This sailplane, owing to its outstanding glide ratio, makes long-range flights possible towards Switzerland or to the centre of France.

A few years ago, flying this machine, Gérard Herbaud and Geneviève Berger performed a 1000 km. out and return flight to Gien (near Orleans).





1 LS6-15m (F-CGIE)

One of the latest single-seater to have joined the club fleet. The LS6 is today the type of glider with the best price/ quality ratio. It is widely appreciated among the pilots, some of them hoping that a “sister-ship” will come soon…


2 Ventus 2C (F-CIGG)/D-2080

With its 18m wingspan, the Ventus 2c is the flagship of the single-seaters, combining outstanding glide ratio and performance. Club pilots are so happy to fly this machine that it has become, for several years now, the sailplane which performs the highest number of flight hours per year.

Ventus D 2080


1 LS8/18 (F-CPVA)

The newest member of the fleet!

As the LS4, but more efficient, the LS8 offers great comfort and excellent handling capacities.


1 JS1 : F-CPAH (Airbus helicopter)

Le JS1 est un monoplace moderne de conception très récente qui allie confort, performance et maniabilité.

Il appartient à la section vélivole d’Airbus Helicopter qui le met à la disposition des membres de l’association. Merci à eux !


For launching duties

1 DR 300-180     DR300180


DR 400-180 : F-GORY / F-GLKP2 DR 400-180 : F-GORY / F-GLKP








Dynamic : F-JRUW1 WT9 Dynamic : F-JBOO



A large organization like ours could not be run properly without the help of numerous volunteers. We shall try to introduce some of them to you, hoping not to forget anybody.


The Board of Directors:

noel faucheux president
michele cartry vice presidente
Michèle CARTRY
vincent braibant vic president
jacques balayn secretaire general
Jacques BALAYN
Secrétaire général
jean-claude megret
Jean-Claude MEGRET
frederic knecht
Frédéric KNECHT
Membre du CA
gilles navas
Gilles NAVAS
Membre du CA
jacques-marie pradie
Jacques-Marie PRADIE
Membre du CA
philippe rapp
Philippe RAPP
Membre du CA
Olivier Hurstel
Membre du CA
patrci, lasserre
Membre du CA
jean-jacques verrier
Jean-François VERRIER
Membre du CA





Together with:


Gérard HerbaudGérard Herbaud : Everybody knows Gérard who is one of the club’s mainstays and an outstanding character in the Southern Alps. In addition to his instructor’s tasks, Gérard is concerned with the Flarm and OGN operations, with a constant care to achieve better safety conditions. He his also involved in promoting in promoting the use of the flight simulator in the training of new pilots.
And above all, Gérard has performed anthology flights such as Vinon-Fes (Marocco) in 1992, Vinon-Gien and return, and Vinon-Etampes and back in 2017.

Enfin, Gérard est notre correspondant GESASSO et, à ce titre, assiste les membres du club dans la prise en main de ce nouvel outil fédéral.


Philippe MaigePhilippe Maige : Born in 1956, Philippe has been a glider pilot since 1981, and has spent a lot of time on the airfield ever since.
He is a retired electronics engineer and, under Johnny’s guidance, takes an active part in the re-coating of the club machines, in the winter season.


Vincent BraibantVincent Braibant : Active member of AAVA for many years - his first trip to Vinon dates from 1981 with the Sander family-in-law -, member of the Board of Directors, Vice President, Vincent has a dual culture of aeronautical engineer and manager, which allows him to provide valuable advice for the management of the club. Very often on business trips around the world, the Alpes de Haute-Provence, the AAVA, the gliders and the workshop are the means for him to maintain a balance.


Claude BourasseauClaude Bourasseau : Roving sailplane pilot, she shares her leisure time between several gliding spots such as Bailleau or La Roche sur Yon, where she is always warmly welcomed, but must of all, she is trus to Vinon.
Claude is a former aeronautics engineer. EPF graduate, she led together her professional career in the industry and her steady practice of soaring.
She is the club’s auditor, and is also in charge of supervising the maintenance of the camp site, where she indulges in having the rules of associative life enforced.


alain pouletAlain Poulet : This famous and insatiable pilot and flight instructor ( soaring-, powered aircraft- and mountain-instructor ) is available almost around the clock to take care of us, modest pilots! Don’t fear to ask him any advice you need. He is most probably the most experienced pilot flying in the Alps.


daniele grosjeanDaniel Grosjean : Always ready to lend a helping hand! He can be found in the workshop all through the winter season, acting with the maintenance team. He deals with the “Flarms” and is in charge of the “Netcup”. We can always call him to show a newcomer around or give him his “air baptism”, if he is not already flying solo or with a friend.


ValérieValérie Yeghiayan : Likes flowers! To her, we owe the lovely plantings in the front of the club house and office. But since she cannot be here every day, it would be nice from you to think to give them some water from time to time.
Valérie works also at the Office, when the staff is on holiday.


jean moreauJean Moreau : A "new "instructor in Vinon. He has formerly flown from Orléans and the Montagne Noire. This enthusiastic pilot acts sometimes as Chief Flying Instructor, but he can also fly the club tow planes, when the runway is overcrowded.


François LucasFrançois Lucas : After being an instructor in the  National Soaring Center of  Saint-Auban, he carried on his carrier as an airline pilot with Air France. Now, he is back to basic training, acting as a volunteer in Vinon. Always pleased to fly and teach, his passion for our sport remains intact.


JohonnyJohnny Pouzol : After being a member of the permanent staff for several years, he spends now most of his time in the workshop, re-coating the gliders in the winter season. Now retired, he would like to set up a team of pilots who would soon take over the job. Mind the call!


Francis Wehrung Francis Wehrung : He is our electronics wizard. He has been in charge of the maintenance of the radios, batteries and other sophisticated systems for years. If you want to please him, well! Just take care of the club material.


Michel CharpentierMichel Charpentier : A reference in matters of weather forecast, he has no match to decipher a sounding and announce a bright flying day. He is also instructor, tow pilot and Chairman of the Association of Users of the Airfield, and always ready to help when you call him.


Roland Morozeau Roland Morozeau : Always available and smiling, he can always lend a helping hand. He acts as instructor and tow pilot, organizes displays of gliders for promotion in the region but above all, he has the most incredible collection of T-shirts you will ever see!


jose maryJosé Mari : When the club (or maybe yourself) need a specific part, e.g a wingtip wheel or a campsite portico, ask José: he will be pleased to help. He is always ready to find a solution to his friends’ little problems!


Klaus Klaus  Brückner : You will find him in the workshop. Although he doesn’t speak much, don’t fear to ask him any advice, as he is a specialist of home-built aircraft.


Maximilien SeisMaximilien Seis : Born in 1993, Max started soaring in Bordeaux, in 2009.
He became a member of the French Junior National Team in 2013, took part in the Varese Championship in Italy, in 2015 and came back with the title of World Champion.
He is now working with DHL, in Leipzig, Germany, and shares his leisure time between Vinon and Saint-Auban where he gains a useful experience of wave flying.
Maximilien is in charge of the e-communication of the Club. He is the one who gives life to the club’s Facebook account.


Denis LoupiasDenis Loupias : Waxing and polishing glider wings during the winter season was his main business and we all wish him to recover soon to see him back at Vinon, first to fly and, why not, to spend a little time in the workshop….


yann forestierYann Forestier : Together with Jacques-Marie Pradié and Michou Cartry, he is in charge of the maintenance of the parachutes. He is a very busy man : his work, acting as a crew member for his wife Anne, who happens to be a worldchampion, their two kids, their Ash25 and the parachutes…






 Frédéric BrechtFrédéric Knecht : A glider pilot since the age of 16, now towplane pilot, Frédéric has been trained as an aeronautical engineer.
After graduating from the ESTACA, his professional career took place in the world of aeronautics, especially in the maintenance of business jets and later of commercial aircraft.
He has been working for 15 years as a consultant with the Bureau Veritas, then with the EASA, department of “Regulations/Airworthiness”.
Frédéric is responsible for a few amendments of the Part M and Part 66, in particular its adaptation to General Aviation.
In close relationship with the workshop team, Frédéric is involved in keeping the Club fleet in airworthy condition.


Birgit WeisBirgit Weis: Glider pilot member of Innsbruck Gliding Club, at the heart of Austrian Alpes, Birgit works this year 2018 as a German language assistant while perfecting her French.

Birgit dedicates all her leisure to the AAVA workshop where, under Johnny's supervision, she participates in the recoating work actively and also others maintenance works.





 Denis LoupiasJean-Marc Savoie : Originaire de Lyon,  Jean-Marc est, depuis de nombreuses années, membre permanent de l'AAVA et participe activement à la vie du club.
Il met régulièrement les fichiers de données (points de virages, espaces aériens...) et les documentations (manuels de vol et manuels d'entretien des aéronefs, modes d'emploi des équipements...) à disposition des membres du Club via le site Internet.



Isabelle Braibant : Infatigable et toujours prète à rendre service avec le sourire, elle assure au pied levé les remplacements au secrétariat et veille au bien-être de la communauté en organisant les repas de fête, en plantant des fleurs et en nous confectionnant de délicieux gâteaux.

The Handi-sport Committee is in charge of promoting handi-flying. “Fly-by-hand” (aircraft flown with the hands only ) is the best-known form of handi-flying.

The A.A.V.A. offers to welcome handicapped pilots, and takes an active part in the launching of this activity, the aim being to make the practice of our sport better-known and easier among handicapped people.

A greater consideration is given everywhere to them and increasing numbers of people with a limited capacity to move can be found in the clubs. Some of them are licensed pilots. Tests are carried out with non-seeing or non-hearing people.

The A.A.V.A. has completed two initial trainings of handicapped pilots, and two cross-country flight qualifications have been granted.

What does handicap mean?

Handicap may take several forms and is specific of each person. However, it can be classified in different categories:

    • physical handicap
    • loss of mobility
    • loss of hearing
    • loss of sight
    • mental handicap

When flying is concerned, certain types of handicap do not allow people to maneuver in the air. Consequently, their chances of becoming pilots are few.

Generally speaking, only people with so-called “limited mobility” stand a good chance to become licensed pilots (thus, able to fly single-seaters). People having lost hearing or sight may be under certain conditions, allowed to learn to fly but may not be cleared to go solo.

People suffering from mental handicap may be allowed to learn, with a specialized doctor’s clearance. However, they will always fly with instructor’s tuition.

Gliders with dedicated devices

Dedicated to people with “limited mobility”, the A.A.V.A. has, in its fleet, two two-seaters ASK21s for initial training, a Duo-Discus for cross-country flight schooling and a C101 Pégase single-seater, allowing full schooling from ab initio to long range flights.


The A.A.V.A. has also a bedroom with full handicapped-oriented equipment, and an escalator to provide easy access to the briefing and flight simulator rooms.

handi planeur PMR

The early origins

Before settling in Vinon in 1963, the Club has moved aroung the whole region for about 35 years. Its first origins can be traced in Saint Victoret, only two kilometres away from the runways of Marignane Airport.

In 1912, a manufacturer from Marseilles, M. JEANSOULIN, created a flying school at “Pas des Lanciers”, near Marseilles. A number of famous pilots have been seen there, including J. Védrines and R. Garros.

The year 1930 saw the beginning of the soaring activity, as it was done at the same time in Vauville, Combegrasse, Biskra, Nice and Sens. The French glider pilots actually copied the German pattern. Flights exceeding eight hours in duration were performed in Vauville and Biskra. The altitude of 1000 meters was topped.

At “Pas des Lanciers”, flights were successfully made using Avia XV as two seat trainer and Avia XIa as single seat gliders.

In 1934, a replica of the “Marseillais” winch was operated for the fist launches in Saint Auban.

As testified by F. MONTLEAU’s logbook, you could go solo after about thirty flights, each one lasting from one to two minutes. The instructors were PIEFFER and SARDOU.

The latter was to build a Castel 30P for his own personal use while M. GABELIER built a median-wing version of this glider.

The Club will bear the name of “Association Provençale de Vol à Voile”. But, being too close to Marignane, which was becoming a major airport, together with its seaplane base, the “guys from Marseilles” will have soon to move away. They will reclaim and clear the stones off the top of the Etoile Mountain, but only for a few launch attempts.

The photograph of J. DENGEVAL, near a XIa, in golf trousers and hat, show what was this gliding site.

They will leave for Aix-les-Milles in 1946 and become “Aero-Club de Marseille”.

The names of S. CAZILHAC and L. ABEILLE appear in the Aviasport magazine, in the “Coupe Bréguet” rankings. The “Coupe Bréguet” was to become “Federal Cup” in the Sixties.

After being closed to traffic by the aeronautical authorities, following B. DAUVIN’s lethal accident in 1954, (the pilot fell asleep after being for 54 hours airborne in an attempt to break the world’s duration record ) the airfield of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence re-opens.

The “guys from Marseilles” move then to the Alpilles, joining there a few former pilots of the “Duration flights” age.

In 1963, they move to Vinon for a summer camp, flying together with the military staff from Salon-de-Provence Air Force Base.

There were only two hangars on the field: one belonging to J.-M. BEYNET and a “half-tube” hangar.

This short period of August 1963 induced them to settle in Vinon for good. They soon built the first half of a hangar, and then the second half ( this building is now called “hangar début” ) to give their fleet a suitable shelter. It was the birth of the “Association Aéronautique Verdon-Alpilles” with Marcel MARCY as first Chairman, helped by his wife Maguy.



Vinon Airfield is undoubtedly one of the finest places to practice soaring.

Three runways (10/28, 3300 ft; 16/34, 2600 ft, 02/20, 3600 ft), five hangars, a licensed workshop, an oxygen station, two large campsites for club members only, nine bedrooms for temporary members, a brand-new clubhouse: so many things which will allow you to find here what you have been looking for, and enjoy our sport in outstanding comfort standards.



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Each morning, in the club house, you are invited to attend the meteo briefing held by a member of our permanent staff. The large, 40-seat briefing room offers you anything you need to prepare your flights quietly.


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Also available, the Office building where our secretaries will bring an answer to all your questions, and provide you with the right information.

Tracking glider

Access map

Let’s stay in contact!

1, lieu dit l'Aérodrome
83560 - Vinon sur Verdon
Telephone: +33 4 92 78 82 90

Cell phone: +33 6 95 55 29 78
8h30 - 12h30 // 13h30 - 16h 30  Monday to Sunday
Fax: +33 4 92 78 95 78


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