Sisteron 2017

April 15, 2017


Name Chf Tech Paul Moslin Email [email protected] Category Expedition




Aérodrome de Sisteron - Thèze, 04200 Vaumeilh, France

Open to all members of the RAFGSA

The mission is to execute a mountain gliding expedition to Sisteron, French Alps.
Aims of the Expedition are to:

  • Develop the leadership and personal qualities of expedition personnel.
  • Provide advanced flying training and instruction for glider pilots, including those inexperienced in mountain gliding, in the challenging conditions encountered in the Alps.
  • Extend the knowledge and experience gained by pilots on previous mountain flying expeditions.
  • Train mountain-experienced RAFGSA instructors to allow the safe and effective supervision and running of future Service mountain gliding expeditions.
  • Raise the standards of airmanship and flying skills to further contribute to flight safety across the RAFGSA and the RAF.
  • To provide an opportunity for pilots to gain advanced awards as laid down by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
  • To allow suitably qualified pilots to address the UK 2-Seater records, if conditions permit, in terms of height, speed and cross-country distances.

Planned Fleet:

  • Duo Discus x 5
  • Discus 2CT
  • Ventus 2CT
  • DG505 (Possibly)
  • ASK-21 (Possibly)

Concept of Operations

Depart RAF Halton (06:00) on the 15th April to get mid-morning Ferry and road move to Sisteron arriving on the Sunday. We will stop at Beaume for the night as a rest stop. Fly for the 2 weeks and returning and dispersing on the 30th April. We are booked in to Gites next to the airfield.

A deposit of £220 will be required January. This covers accommodation and extras such as O2 hire etc. You will need to pay for launch fees and club fees at the club in Sisteron. We are hoping to get grants from the Sports Lottery (to cover glider hire) and RAF Charitable Trust to help with the club fees.

Total personal contribution is expected to be £400-500*

*Final figure will depend on how much flying you do!
On average, pilots can expect to gain 35 flying hours during the exped.