Aéro-Club de France

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Balloon pilot's licence issued by the Aéro-Club de France to Mr. Tissandier in 1904.

The Aéro-Club de France (French: [a.e.ʁɔ.klyb fʁɑ̃s]) was founded as the Aéro-Club on 20 October 1898 as a society 'to encourage aerial locomotion' by Ernest Archdeacon, Léon Serpollet, Henri de la Valette, Jules Verne and his wife, André Michelin, Albert de Dion, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe, and Henry de La Vaulx.[1] On 20 April 1909, its name was changed to Aéro-Club de France.[2]

The Aéro-Club de France originally set many of the regulations that controlled aviation in France. From its formation it also set the rules that have marked some of the 'firsts' in aviation, such as the first closed-circuit flight of over 1 km and the first helicopter flight, and has organised competitions including:

The club published the journal L'Aérophile from 1898 to 1947,[3] and since 1997 publishes the magazine Aérofrance.

The Aéro-Club de France was a founding member of the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI) in 1905, a joint effort with other national associations.

After 1945, some of the Aéro-Club's regulatory roles were taken by other bodies. It now focusses on the promotion of aviation and certification.



The Club grants the Great Medal of the Aéro-Club de France to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of aviation. The winners have been:

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  1. ^ Armanet, Max. "Historique". Aéro-Club de France (in French). Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Centenaire de l'Aero-Club de France". Aviation-francaise.com (in French). 1998. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Les vols du 14bis décrits par les membres del'Aéro- Club de France dans les Aérophiles de 1906". Aéro-Club de France (in French). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011.

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