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.
|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.|
The DGAC aircraft are used for liaison and navaid calibration.
No plan known.
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.
Coding system not used
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|
|Beech Super King Air 200GT||3?||??||current||USA|
|Caudron C.??? Goeland||?||??||??||France|
|Lockheed L.749A Constellation||1||??||1963||ex-civil|
|SNCAC NC.702 Martinet||?||??||??||France|
|Sud Ouest SO-95 Corse III||?||??||??||France|
|Sud Est Caravelle||?||??||??||France|
|SNCASE SE.161 Longuedoc||?||??||??||France|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile, 50 Rue Henry Farman, 75720 Paris, France.
All aircraft are operated by the Flight Unit of the DGAC.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The aircraft home base is not known.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
French Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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