French National Flight School

Operator Profile


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.


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 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.


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)
Challes-les-Eaux (gliding)
Pont-Saint-Vincent (gliding)

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


French Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


wikipedia: SEFA

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.