French National Flight School

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

A national flying school organisation was first established in 1946 under the name Service de l’Aviation Légère et Sportive (SALS). It reported to the French Civil Aviation Authority, which was then called the Secrétariat général à l’Aviation civile et commerciale (SGACC). At first the organisation included glider pilot training and skydiving, but as the French economy revived after WW2 these activities were left to private clubs. SALS went through a whole series of name changes until 1993 when it finally settled on the title Service d’Exploitation de la Formation Aéronautique (SEFA). In January 2011 SEFA was merged into the École nationale de l’aviation civile (ENAC), a French university that specialises in training people for the aviation industry. It thus ceased to exist.

Key Dates

1946    Service de l’Aviation Légère et Sportive (SALS) first established.
1955    SALS becomes the Service de la Formation Aéronautique et des Sports Aériens (SFASA).
1959    SFASA renamed Service de la Formation Aéronautique, du Travail Aérien et des Transports (SFATAT).
1964    SFATAT renamed Service de la Formation Aéronautique (SFA).
1976    SFA renamed Service de la Formation Aéronautique et du Contrôle Technique (SFACT).
1993    SFACT renamed Service d’Exploitation de la Formation Aéronautique (SEFA).
1 Janaury 2011    SEFA merged with ENAC.

Current Status

The SEFA was merged with ENAC in January 2011 and no longer exists as a separate entity.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

SEFA aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a medium blue fuselage cheatline and areas of high-visibility orange on the nose, tail, wingtips and belly. The DGAC blue bird logo normally appears on the fin. The DGAC logo is carried just forward of the cockpit, with small service titles DIRECTION GENERAL DE L’AVIATION CIVILE.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SEFA aircraft carried French civil registrations, e.g. TB.10 Tobago F-GJXV.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech 58 Baron ? ?? ?? USA
Cessna 310 ? ?? ?? USA
Diamond DA-42 Twin Star ? ?? 2010 Austria
Diamond DA-40 Diamond Star ? ?? 2010 Austria
Jodel D-140R ? ?? ?? France
Mudry CAP-10 ? ?? ?? France
Robin R-2160 ? ?? ?? France
SOCATA TB.10 Tobago ? ?? 2010 France
SOCATA TB.20 Trinidad 4? ?? 2010 France
Beech Super King Air 200GT ? ?? 2010 USA
Stampe SV-4C ? ?? ?? France

(Additional information is welcome).

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

SEFA, rue de l’Aviation, BP 30080. Muret Cedex 31603. France.

Organisational Structure

Aircraft and gliders were operated by individual flight training sections around the country.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Beynes (gliding)
Biscarosse.
Challes-les-Eaux (gliding)
Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban
Carcassonne
Castelnaudary
Grenoble
Melun
Montpelier
Muret
Pont-Saint-Vincent (gliding)
Saint-Yan

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SEFA had bases for gliding (Challes-les-Eaux, Beynes, Pont-Saint-Vincent, etc.), powered flight (Carcassonne in 1945, Saint-Yan in 1947), and skydiving (Biscarosse in 1953). Bases in 2010 were: Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Muret, Montpellier, Grenoble, Biscarosse, Saint-Yan and Melun, France.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia: SEFA

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Aviation Populaire

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Aviation Populaire was a French government scheme to popularise private flying. The idea was proposed by the Ministre de l’Air (Air Minister) in June 1936 and offically established in July 1936. Hundreds of light aircraft were purchased by the French government and supplied to newly established Sections d’Aviation Populaire (SAP) around the country. A considerable number of gliders was also provided. The SAPs provided low cost access to flying to men who would otherwise been unable to afford it. The scheme was slow to get going but eventually trained over 3500 new pilots and a similar number of mechanics. Increasing political tensions in Europe meant that in April 1939 the mission of the Aviation Populaire was modified to that of ‘pre-military’ training under Air Force direction. There was an increased emphasis on specialist skill training for navigators, gunners, mechanics and radio electricians. In March 1940 the SAPs were disbanded and their aircraft impressed into Air Force service. The large pool of trained personnel were poorly used by Air Force.

Key Dates

16 June 1936    Aviation Populaire announced.
31 July 1936    Aviation Populaire established.
1 April 1939    Aviation Populaire placed under Air Force control.
March 1940    Aviation Populaire disbanded and aircraft impressed into AdlA service.

Current Status

The Aviation Populaire was disbanded in 1940.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

Aviation Populaire aircraft wore the standard colour scheme of the individual manufacturer. They do not appear to have carried any Aviation Populaire logo or titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aviation Populaire aircraft carried standard French civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Salmson D6 F-APST.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Aviation Populaire, Ministère de l’Air, Boulevard Victor, Paris.

Organisational Structure

Aviation Populaire aircraft were operated by numerous local Section d’Aviation Populaire (SAP), which were usually attached to the local flyining club.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See unit assignments.

More Information

Books

Aviation Populaire ou aviation prolétaire 1936 by Vital Ferry

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

L’Aviation Populaire des années 30 en France
Civil Aircraft Register – France

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

All-Time Aircraft Used Listing – Chronological

in Aviation Populaire service
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Caudron C.59 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Caudron C.275 Luciole 296 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.280 Phalène ? 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.445 Goeland ? 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.400 Phalène ? 1936 1940 France
Farman F.200 ? 1936 1940 France
Farman F.451 Moustique 36 1936 1940 France
Farman F.455 Super Moustique 1 1936 1940 France
Hanriot 160 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Hanriot 161 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Mauboussin 123 Corsaire ? 1936 1940 France
Mignet HM-8 ? 19?? 1940 France
Morane-Saulnier MS.315 50 1936 1940 France
Potez 43 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Potez 60 ? 1936 1940 France
SFAN II ? 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.400 ? 1937 1940 AdlA
Caudron C.635M Simoun ? 1937 1940 France
Leopoldoff 3 Colibri ? 1937 1940 France
Potez 36 ? 1937 1940 France
Potez 600 Sauterelle ? 1937 1940 France
Salmson D6 Cricri ? 1937 1940 France
S.F.C.A. Taupin 50 1937 1940 France
Morane-Saulnier MS.138 33 1938 1940 France

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aviation Populaire

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Caudron C.59 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Caudron C.275 Luciole 296 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.280 Phalène ? 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.400 ? 1937 1940 AdlA
Caudron C.445 Goeland ? 1936 1940 France
Caudron C.635M Simoun ? 1937 1940 France
Caudron C.400 Phalène ? 1936 1940 France
Farman F.200 ? 1936 1940 France
Farman F.451 Moustique 36 1936 1940 France
Farman F.455 Super Moustique 1 1936 1940 France
Hanriot 160 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Hanriot 161 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Leopoldoff 3 Colibri ? 1937 1940 France
Mauboussin 123 Corsaire ? 1936 1940 France
Mignet HM-8 ? 19?? 1940 France
Morane-Saulnier MS.138 33 1938 1940 France
Morane-Saulnier MS.315 50 1936 1940 France
Potez 36 ? 1937 1940 France
Potez 43 ? 1936 1940 AdlA
Potez 60 ? 1936 1940 France
Potez 600 Sauterelle ? 1937 1940 France
Salmson D6 Cricri ? 1937 1940 France
SFAN II ? 1936 1940 France
S.F.C.A. Taupin 50 1937 1940 France

Jamaica Military Aviation School
Jamaican Defence Force

History

The school was formed on 7.12.2006 with the arrival of the Diamond DA-40-180FP Diamond Star. The unit received a Bell 206 in 2008, donated by Canada.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Diamond DA-40-180FP Diamond Star 2 2006 – Present JDF A-8,A-9
Bell 206 JetRanger 2 2008 – Present JDF H-34,H-35
Diamond DA-42NG Diamond Star 1 2013 – Present JDF T-9


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Manley IAP/Kingston 2006 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Air Forces Monthly May 2007, p. 17
  • Scramble 389, October 2011, p.127-132

Other Sources

To be added.