French Civil Aviation Authority

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The Ministère de l’Air (French Air Ministry) was first established in 1928 to regulate civil air traffic in France and the overseas territories. After WW2 this was replaced by a wholly civilian organisation, the Secrétariat général à l’Aviation civile et commerciale (SGACC). A small fleet of aircraft was established for communications and navaid inspection. In the 1950s the SGACC became the Secrétariat général à l’Aviation civile (SGAC). In 1976 the SGAC was renamed the Direction générale de l’Aviation civile (DGAC). In February 2005 a new sub-division of the DGAC was created, the Direction des Services de la navigation aérienne (DSNA), which is responsible for Air Traffic Control in France. The navaid calibration aircraft now work for this division.

After WW2 the SGACC established a department to manage the new generation of radio navigation aids that had been developed during the war. This department was called the Service des Télécommunications et de la Signalisation (STS), (also called Service de Télécommunication et de Signalisation). This unit used a number of aircraft for transport and liaison purposes.

The activities of the French National Flight School, called the Service d’Exploitation de la Formation Aéronautique (SEFA), are covered separately.

Key Dates

14 September 1928    Ministère de l’Air first established.
12 September 1946    Secrétariat général à l’Aviation civile et commerciale (SGACC) created.
22 October 1947    Ministère de l’Air disbanded.
19??    SGACC becomes Secrétariat général à l’Aviation civile (SGAC).
1976    SGAC becomes Direction générale de l’Aviation civile (DGAC).
February 2005    Direction des Services de la navigation aérienne (DSNA) created.

Current Status

The DGAC aircraft are used for liaison and navaid calibration.

Future Plans

No plan known.


Special Markings

DGAC 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 King Airs carry just DGAC and DSNA logos by the cockpit, with no service titles, whilst the ATR42 carries full DIRECTION GENERAL DE L’AVIATION CIVILE and CONTROLE EN VOL titles on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

DGAC aircraft carry French civil registrations, e.g. ATR 42 F-GFJH.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
ATR 42 1 1 0 Navaid Calibration
Beech Super King Air 200GT 3? 3? 0 Navaid Calibration

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SN.601 Corvette ? ?? 1990 France
Amiot AAC.1 ? ?? ?? France
ATR 42 1 ?? current France
Beech Super King Air 200GT 3? ?? current USA
Caudron C.??? Goeland ? ?? ?? France
Douglas DC-3 ? ?? ?? USA
Douglas DC-4 ? ?? ?? USA
Lockheed L.749A Constellation 1 ?? 1963 ex-civil
SNCAC NC.702 Martinet ? ?? ?? France
Nord 262 3 ?? ?? France
Sud Ouest SO-95 Corse III ? ?? ?? France
Sud Est Caravelle ? ?? ?? France
SNCASE SE.161 Longuedoc ? ?? ?? France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile, 50 Rue Henry Farman, 75720 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the Flight Unit of the DGAC.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft home base is not known.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


French Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.

Websites Direction générale de l’Aviation civile
wikipedia: DSNA

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.