The information in this article may be outdated, for current information please see our France Country Guide.
A certificate is required and there is a somewhat inexplicable two month delay to get the approval. Use the form attached below. Other than that France is categorised as EXCELLENT for flying around in a helicopter.
- A great site for general info: http://flyinfrance.free.fr/
- You can view French airfield plates through the eAIP available here.
- Mountain flying information here and here.
- We have thrown together a useful list of airport lingo to use when flying in France if your French is a bit rusty - Flying in French
We have a very large number of landing sites that welcome helicopters in France. Here is the map of NW France to give you an idea:
UPDATE FROM A HELIPADDY MEMBER: Had I been challenged without the correct paperwork, I could have faced a €10,000 bill. Even worse, our French friends could have possessed one's aircraft. Hence I have all the paperwork in the aircraft folder - stamps and seals are always sure to impress.