Taking Flight in Provence Gliding over St Remy
It is not often that Ginger gets to write about G&N adventures, but this experience warrants a post. As many of you know, Ginger is an airplane geek, and any experience related to flying gets serious precedence over most things. Man since the beginning of time, has wanted to escape …Continue reading here to find out about flying a glider in the Alpilles near St Remy de Provence.
The location of the Aéroclub de St Rémy des Alpilles benefits from favourable north to south winds and natural geological features which includes the prominent ridgeline of the Alpilles. When the wind conditions are right, the gliders lift off the ground as if by magic and can stay aloft for extended periods. Before the imposition of regulations preventing setting records for flight longevity, the longest flight for a two-person glider, at this aerodrome, was over 57 hours!
The airport is a club where members learn to glide or improve their skills. However, the public is welcome to fly with an instructor. Booking in advance is highly recommended, reserve a time slot either morning or afternoon, and you will be assigned to a glider and a pilot (detail below). The typical “baptême” (initial flight) lasts about 20-30 minutes. Sit back and enjoy the silence while soaring over the Alpilles. Read more about why the Alpilles are perfect for gliders.