Last year, Grant and I, together with Rupert S and Geoffrey formed the “lightweights”, cruising at 80-90mph. (Well, not Geoffrey). The Alps were absolutely stunning, but the 4,00ft cloud base prevented us from landing at any mountain airstrips. The highest airfield we used was Gap, at 1,986ft. The highest airstrip I have ever used is Casagnes (2,024ft), 3 years ago. The Loire valley tour didn’t offer us enough flying, so we decided to look at the outstanding bucket list items from last year and see whether we could tick some off. So having missed out on the altiports and as we both fly microlights, allowing us to use the altiports without a mountain rating, we thought we’d base ourselves in the Alps for a few days and land at some classic mountain airstrips. We also missed out on the Milau bridge last year, so that went onto the list. Patrick wanted to fly over Pontivy and if we got as far as Britany, why not return via the Normandy beaches?

Other commitments had forced us to leave the tour until early September, so as always, we are relying on the weather gods to look kindly upon us.

Presently, the tour comprises my QuikR (flexwing), Grant in his Eurostar (3 axis) and Les in his C42 (3 axis).

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