N46° 27′ 45" – W1° 14′ 17"
Runway 08-26 – 760M x 12M Tarmac 20ft (1hPa).
Visual Approach Chart (.V.A.C.)
Parallel, grass runway, also available .
Displaced threshold marked by white lines across the runway, inboard of the numbers.
– Radio: " Atlantic.Air.Park." 123.50 Mhz (French only)
– Circuits: 700′ AAL to the north (Avoid over flying the local villages and hamlets)
– Avgas and diesel possible, telephone the aeroclub 02 51 97 77 31 before arrival
– Visual Approach Chart open here
Atlantic Air Park – Location
France is a flyer’s paradise, with airfields and airports almost everywhere. Situated on the west coast of France, it makes an ideal launch pad, for aerial expeditions, in almost any direction! Spain is less than two hours away (C172 or PA28), The Atlantic coastal islands: Ile d’Oleron, Ile d’Yeu and Belle Ile are all less than an hour’s flight.
One of the particular delights of flying south of 50N, is the number of accessible aerodromes that have excellent restaurants. In the immediate region, try out La Roche-sur-Yon (LFRI), Poitiers (LFBI), Cholet (LFOU), Royan (LFCY), Leognan Saucats (LFSC), Libourne (LFDI), St Foy Le Grande (LFDF) Angers (LFJR) and Ancenis (LFFI). These are great for a meal or a fly-out. Montalivet and Soulac in the Gironde are good coastal destinations too.
www.sia.aviation-civile.gouv.fr is the site for official aeronautical information about flying in France. Most sections of the SIA site are also available in English and it is possible to download current VFR and IRF approach and landing charts for virtually every aerodrome in the country. This site also provides access to their online boutique and to Olivia.
www.olivia.aviation-civile.gouv.fr is a comprehensive flight planning tool for private pilots. Available in French and English. It provides access to weather, route planning and NOTAMS. It is possible to file, amend and cancel flight plans. When the flight plan is validated, you will receive a confirmation number.
Close Your Flight Plan!
Normally, ATC will not cancel flight plans, for aircraft inbound to non-controlled airfields – ours being an example. There is a national number available to facilitate closing flight plans, after arrival. (08 10 43 78 37), and, you can opt to be answered in French or English. IF YOU DO NOT CLOSE YOUR FLIGHT PLAN, YOU MIGHT FACE HUGE CHARGES, FOR SEARCH COSTS.
French VFR/IFR Chart
The French IGN 1:500,000 VFR aeronautical charts may be ordered from SIA’s online boutique, and other sources. Charts are available, to download, via your usual APP.
www.aviation.meteo.fr provides a first class aviation weather briefing service. This service is free of charge to registered pilot users. To register as a user of the Meteo France, look at their web site.
The Military low-flying zone LF R147 passes overhead the aerodrome and is restricted between 800’ ASFC and 1500’ ASFC. If this zone is active, maintain at least 1,700’ to the overhead. Continue 3NM on a track of 178° M and commence a descent to 700’ AAL to return to the field and join the circuit. Cross mid-runway at 700’ and proceed to join at the beginning of the downwind leg – LH circuits to 08 and RH circuits to 26 In the descent and while turning inbound, Do not over-fly the nature reserve at Saint Denis du Payré (1000’ AAL minimum). This is clearly marked, on IGN and Jeppesen 1:500,000 VFR charts. The activation of LF R147 is notified by NOTAM. Even when the zone is inactive, keep a good lookout for high-speed, low-level military traffic. When LF R147 is not active, you should fly a standard French arrival at circuit height +500’. The hours of activities are available on the SIA website.
On all arrivals and departures, avoid over flying the local villages and hamlets
The airspace overhead the runway, above 2000’ is Class D and under the control of La Rochelle Approach (124.200). During the hours of activation of the La Rochelle TMA, aircraft operating above the base of the class D airspace must establish radio contact. The hours of activation of the La Rochelle TMA may be verified by reference to the aerodrome NOTAMS.