Jean Marc Sky, a CFI member and the RSA (French Popular Aviation), welcomed us at the 2019 Experimental aircraft Fly-in in Brienne-le-Château. Brienne is a former NATO air base located between Nancy and Paris in Champagne. The weather was beautiful and many CFI members decided to come. This was the first 2019 CFI international Fly-in.
The German team – with 7 RF – had gathered in Saverne (LFQY), base of Philippe Dufay. I must say that there is no landing fee in Saverne, that gasoline is at supermarket prices and in addition you are greeted with coffee and croissants. Thanks Philippe!
The next flight to Brienne took place under the best conditions and did not pose a problem. No more than the dreaded “air combat” for integration into the Brienne approach circuit. Most of the participants and visitors having already arrived before us, the approach proceeded without stress and without having to follow the instructions of a maker!
As expected, we met in Brienne several former CFI France, including Michel Leblanc came in his RF9 with his wife Béatrice. Our Italian friends were also there, including Fausto and Eugenio.
We were able to walk around the 350 aircraft participating in this meeting of the RSA and admire remarkable developments. At the OSAC information stand, I learned that in a few months, a new Part M “Light” will come into effect. It remains to be seen whether this new Part M (European) will actually be easier. The representatives of OSAC expressed their doubts.
Björg and his son Philip came from Freiburg with RF5 D-KIGI. They offered us champagne for their first participation in a CFI flight!
In the evening we were treated to the buffet and music. At midnight everyone was in his tent. The next morning at 7 am, it was a plane that had fun circling over the campers. No chance to sleep in!
We had breakfast, as it should be with croissants and pain au chocolat. Then, the pilots disassembled their tents and our group took off from 11 am eastbound, each to his respective airfield.
We were all satisfied! Here, I want to thank Jean Marc Sky. Jean Marc and his RSA friends had organized a very good Fly-in and I hope it will not be the last time!
It would be desirable for a future RSA Fly-in to coincide with an annual meeting of the CFI.
Patrick FAUCHERON, German CFI President