EVOLUTION OF CLUB SOARING
AT SISTERON AIRFIELD
Aerial photographs shot during historical IGN (Institut Géographique National) missions reveal aeronautical activity on the current site of the Sisteron-Vaumeilh airfield named “Le Plan” near Vaumeilh village as early as 1937.
The airfield was used by military aircraft during WWII.
Starting in the early 1970s, various French gliding air clubs came to discover and practice mountain soaring at the Sisteron airfield: Valenciennes, Lille, Cambrai, Nancy…
The first Sisteron Airclub (UAD-Union Aérienne de la Durance) was soon created followed by the transition to A.C.S. Aeroclub Sisteron.
A club house and hangars were subsequently built.
Since the 1980s, numerous international soaring clubs and glider pilots worldwide have made Sisteron their yearly destination and base for long soaring flights in the Alps.
Sisteron’s international reputation as a mountain-soaring base intensifies year by year.
In 2010, A.C.S. became Aéroclub International Sisteron (ACIS), welcoming each year soaring enthusiasts from over 20 different nationalities, thus expressing its international dimension, and confirming the principal reason-for-being of the Sisteron-Vaumeilh Airfield.