The Aéroplume is a one-person blimp, minimum-sized, that enables you to fly by flapping wings!
The pilot lies in an harness, under a bubble of helium. Released from gravity, through helium, and equipped with wings, he can then fly on his own, moving freely in the air by the strength of his arms. The significant wind surface area and the low flying speed (5 to 8 km/h), are the reason why the Aéroplume is exclusively done indoor, inside large rooms, sheltered from weather conditions.
Flap your wings and fly away! Enjoy the unique sensation of being lighter than air. Safe activity accessible to all, from 7 years old and up to 90 kg (2). The Aéroplume was invented by Jean-Pierre David, it’s about airship contemporary history in France. Registered trademark and model.
The Aérosculpture association offers the public an introduction to fly with the Aéroplume, inside the Écausseville’s airship hangar, in Normandy, thereby reviving the site’s historic vocation, dedicated to aerostation.
Erected between 1917 and 1919, for the French Navy airships assigned to coastal surveillance, this impressive building is the last of its kind, in the world! It is built on 5 hectares of greenery, bordered by a stream, at the heart of the Cotentin peninsula within the Regional Natural Park of the Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands. White storks are living here and in the spring, one also sees the blooms of bee orchids...
Inside the hangar, between the elements of the structure, a wide corridor of 150 meters length, 24 meters width and 30 meters height allows the flight of 2 or 3 Aéroplumes.
▸ You’ve booked your flight or after seeing other people fly, you wanna give it a try: come to the caravan, it’s our office.
▸ Our instructors first ask you for your weight and then assist you making yourself comfortable into the harness, suspended under the Aéroplume. Imagine that you dream that you fly: it’s the same in the Aéroplume, lying on your stomach, arms stretched and head forwards.
▸ You get into the Aéroplume dressed as you have arrived, no special suits required. One might take off his shoes eventually. No special physical shape required.
▸ We ballast or unballast you so that you weigh exactly 0 kg.
Due to the helium inside the balloon, you are in equilibrium now, floating in the air.
Some indications and then and you’re able to take off.
▸ Your instructor goes with you throughout the flight.
Aéroplume flights at the Écausseville airship hangar take place during French school holidays of spring/Easter, summer and autumn/All Saints(1).
Safe activity accessible to all, from 7 years old and up to 90 kg(2). One must know his weight when booking.
Duration 30 minutes: about 20 minutes of actual flight, 10 minutes for the pilot’s installation into the harness, the adjustments, the ballast and the flight guidelines.
Offer an Aéroplume flight!
(1) Follow us on Facebook / Instagram, subscribe to our newsletter for flights between these periods. For groups and groups outside these periods, please contact us. (2) Over time and depending on the weather, the load capacity of an Aéroplume varies and decreases. For pilots whose weight exceeds 80 kg, please call us.
Aerostatic experimental activity, supported and conducted by the Aérosculpture association. On the occasion of your flight, we thank you for your patience and your understanding.
Normandy region, Manche department, Cotentin peninsula. On the N13 expressway, exit Écausseville between Sainte-Mère-Église and Montebourg → direction Écausseville D510, follow the brown signs “Hangar à dirigeables” → cross the village → drive another 1.4 km on the D510.