Our volunteer members

Our volunteer members

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:


Michèle CARTRY


Jacques BALAYN
Secrétaire général

Jean-Claude MEGRET

Frédéric KNECHT
Membre du CA

Gilles NAVAS
Membre du CA

Jacques-Marie PRADIE
Membre du CA

Philippe RAPP
Membre du CA

Membre du CA

Membre du CA

Jean-François VERRIER
Membre du CA

Together with:

Gérard 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 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 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 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 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.

Daniel 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.

Valérie 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 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 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.

Johnny 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 : 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 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 : 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!

José 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  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 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.

Philippe SOUQUET : Fell into the cauldron of gliding at a very young age thanks to his father Jacques, an aerodynamics expert and aircraft manufacturer.
Since he chose to leave town Philippe has joined the club's team of volunteers and when he is not flying over the Alps he helps with the mechanics very efficiently.

Yann 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 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 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.

Jean-Marc Savoie: Originally from Lyon, Jean-Marc has been a permanent member of the AAVA for many years and actively participates in the life of the club.
He regularly makes data files (turning points, airspace...) and documentation (flight and aircraft maintenance manuals, equipment manuals...) available to Club members via the website.

Jean Pierre Cartry: Knows all the facets of gliding, from competition to maintenance and club management.
Jean Pierre is discreet but remarkable because of his multiple experiences.
He is happy to share his passion and experience of gliding in tandem, in the workshop or on the runway, so don't hesitate to contact him.

Isabelle Braibant: Untiring and always ready to be of service with a smile, she takes care of the secretarial work at short notice and looks after the well-being of the community by organising festive meals, planting flowers and making us delicious cakes.

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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
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Fax: +33 4 92 78 95 78


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