Tematis, the leading jet fighter operator in France is relaunching jet rides on the L-39 Albatros in Paris. This unique experience is taking place in Paris Pontoise, just 40mn north of Paris. The airport is a perfect location as traffic is minimal during the week allowing to fly repeatedly and traffic is not too important at weekends. The jet fighter ride will be the icing on top of a full day of instruction. A full briefing will be done in the morning, including technical specifications of the aircraft, flight dynamics and safety on board. A specific training will be done with regards to the ejection seat. After lunch, the lucky one will be fitted in a flying suit and will be able to enjoy a unique jet fighter ride in the L-39 Albatros. The aircraft is a jet trainer manufactured by Aero Vodochody and is capable of high speeds and sustaining high level of G force. The flight plan will be according to weather conditions but usually consist of three phases: passenger testing – whereby the pilot checks that the passenger feels ok by doing smooth maneuvers. Follows a low level flight to feel the speed, and then aerobatics to truly feel the Gs. Price of the full day is 2400 euros and including a 30mn ride in the L-39 Albatros.

UAE joins Jordan to strike ISIS

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The United Arab Emirates is sending a squadron of F16 fighter jets to Jordan to conduct air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) alongside Jordanian planes, an army source in Amman said. Jordan launched bombing raids against the jihadi group’s positions in Syria and Iraq on Thursday in response to its brutal killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, military action that it continued on Saturday. The UAE, meanwhile, has suspended flights as part of the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against Isis in view of concerns about search and rescue capabilities after the pilot was downed. UAE fighters would now join raids from inside Jordan, the source said. Both countries are members of a U.S.-led military coalition against the militants, but the UAE suspended its airstrikes late last year, U.S. officials have said. The suspension came after a Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, crashed over Islamic State group-held territory in northern Syria in late December and was taken captive. The militants recently released a video showing them burning the airman to death while he was trapped in a cage. The images angered Jordan and the region. Jordan has pledged harsh retaliation and said it would intensify air strikes against Islamic State targets. Starting Thursday, Jordanian fighter jets have carried out daily attacks, according to the military and state media. Jordan’s interior minister, Hussein al-Majali, said al-Kaseasbeh’s killing was a turning point for Jordan. He told the state-run al-Rai newspaper in comments published Saturday that Jordan will go after the militants “wherever they are.” “This is a big boost and will be helping our brothers shorten their flying distances and intensify strikes against the militants from Jordan,” an army source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

A new flying car ?

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You may remember the car that flew in a James Bond movie – there might have been a few flying cars in other movies too. These were based on the Taylor Aerocar. A car with wings, that actually flies. The Aerocar Was the most successful attempt yet to produce a “flying car” – a vehicle that could be both driven on the road and flown. The brainchild of US designer, Moulton B. Taylor, the Aerocar first appeared in October 1949. It comprised a small car and a one-piece structure incorporating Wings, tail section, and propeller. With Wings folded, this structure could be towed behind the car. The owner would simply drive to an airfield and there swiftly attach the Wings and tail to the car, which then became the aircraft’s nose and cockpit.

The car’s engine was connected by a drive shaft to the propeller, mounted at the end of the tail, and the steering wheel doubled as the aeroplane’s control Wheel. Perhaps surprisingly, the Aerocar proved both air- and roadworthy. It could drive at around 60mph and fly at 110mph. But like all other attempts at a “car plane”, it embodied too many compromises, ending up as neither a fully satisfactory aircraft nor a desirable automobile.

In 1956 Taylor tried and failed to drum up enough orders to justify serial production of the vehicle. Only six Aerocars were built, one of which Taylor vainly converted into the improved Aerocar III in 1968. Taylor died in 1995, but at least one of his Aerocars was still flying in the early 21st century. And now, it seems so may want to take the challenge again as Cessna, known for its manufacturing talent, has announced they might have a go at designing a new Aerocar, more practical and convenient, for the 21st century. Well, we are looking forward to that!

Head for Aix en Provence – south of France- in October for your chance to experience a jet fighter ride. For a month, a specialist travel agent will station a jet fighter to organise leisure rides on the Fouga Magister, an aircraft that has been designed for aerobatics. So much so that the national display team – The Patrouille de France – has used the aircraft for over 24 years. This is truly a unique experience. Flights vary in length from 30mn to 60mn, and price starts at 1950 euros. The reason for this experience is to allow more people to truly experience the thrills of a jet ride, in the magnificent surroundings of the south of France, between sea and mountains. The Fouga Magister is one of the best designed fighter planes ever. Easy to fly, it brings security with its twin engines, and offers a great view thanks to its wide cockpit glass. Built in the 1950s, the Fouga Magister was conceived as a jet trainer. The plane was worked so well that it was quickly adopted by various air forces around the world, such as the Israeli air Force who used the plane extensively during the six days war in 1967. The Fouga Magister is one of the most agile fighter planes ever built. So much that it has been the favourite plane of the French national display team, The Patrouille de France, from 1964 to 1980, when it was replaced by Alphajets. You can get more information by following this link about this jet fighter ride in France.

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A short history of gliding

The aircraft has been derived from birds, and then the engineering bits changed everything. Before that, the principle was trying to use the elements to fly as long as possible, to cover the greatest distance. This is gliding. Here is a short story of gliding. We learned how to glide long before we learned to fly. By launching themselves from high ground, nineteenth-century pioneers such as George Cayley, Otto Lilienthal and the Wright brothers offered a tantalizing glimpse of what lay ahead. Yet although the ability to glide predates powered flight, ultimately it took much longer to develop. After demonstrating powered flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright continued to improve their gliding skills, but it took until 1921, two years after powered aircraft had first crossed the Atlantic, for their 1911 endurance record of 9 minutes and 45 seconds to be broken in Germany. There was good reason for it happening where and when it did. That gliding was once more enjoying the attention of some of aviation’s best minds and most talented flyers was a happy unforeseen consequence of the Treaty of Versailles (a less happy one being the Second World War). Banned by the treaty from developing fighter aircraft, German designers turned their considerable skill and invention to the development of gliders. It led to a boom. Over the next two decades, increasingly sophisticated glider design advanced with a greater understanding of the ways in which gliders could find lift. To ascend, a glider, always losing height, must do so through a body of rising air. Early glider pilots had realized that wind scooped up the side of a hill produced ridge lift at the top, and this was used for most early endurance flights. By the mid-1930s, thermal lift – found in columns of rising warmer air, and wave lift – created in the lee of the steady flow of wind over a mountain, were also contributing to record-breaking flights.

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In 1931 new records for distance (169 miles) and endurance (23 hours and 34 minutes) were set, the latter in Hawaii by a US Army fighter pilot. By 1937 there were 50,000 trained glider pilots in Germany. And as a result of German lobbying following the inclusion of gliding as a demonstration sport in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, it was to be included in the 1940 Tokyo Olympics. Of course, owing to the outbreak of the Second World War, Germany’s hopes of Winning gold in the specially produced “Olympia” glider were never realized. War, however, brought its own momentum to glider development. Before the War the Soviet Union had embraced gliding as enthusiastically as Germany, and by 1939 had a greater number of glider pilots and most of the sport’s world records. Since the early 193Os, it had also developed larger military gliders as troop transports, an idea quickly adopted by the Luftwaffe, which in 1940 launched a completely successful surprise attack against a Belgian fortress using over forty ten-man gliders.

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The Allies soon developed their own gliders, and during Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in 1944 used over 2500 in a massive airborne operation. As Well as being built by aircraft manufacturers, US Waco CG-4 gliders used in the assault had also been produced by cabinet-makers, coffin-builders and piano manufacturers. After the War, only the Soviet Union persisted with military gliders with any great enthusiasm, keeping them in service until the mid-196Os and even, in April 1954, landing four Yakovlev Yak-14s on the Arctic ice to deliver men and supplies – including a bulldozer! – to their North Pole drift station. But With the arrival of bigger and better military helicopters, gliding returned to its civilian roots. Stimulated to a degree by large numbers of trained pilots leaving the military who wanted to continue to fly, membership of gliding clubs swelled throughout the 1950s, While technological innovation saw new records set. The altitude record, set by Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson in 2006, now stands at over 50,000 feet. The two pilots, looking like astronauts, wore full USAF pressure suits for the attempt. The distance record of over 1400 miles is held by a German pilot, Klaus Ohlmann, and today Germany remains at the heart of gliding, leading the way in both manufacturing and pilot numbers, accounting for nearly a quarter of the world’s flyers. It’s an intriguing legacy of decisions made nearly a century earlier, and evidence that gliding, that most pure and unbelligerent form of manned flight, is in its own way as inextricably linked to the history of conflict as any other.

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The Caspian Sea Monster is not a real monster, but one of the biggest aircraft ever built. At the end of 1965, the United States Air Force awarded a contract to the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed to build it a new transport aircraft. It was an ambitious project. At nearly 250 feet long and weighing in at almost 200 tons, the C-5 Galaxy Would be the largest aircraft in the world. Less than a year later, and still nearly two years before the C-5 Was due to fly, US intelligence made a shocking discovery: the Soviets had something even bigger. A spy satellite overflying the shores of the Caspian Sea took pictures of what looked like a 350-foot-long flying boat. It weighed over 540 tons – around three times the empty weight of a 747. The truncated, almost square Wings revealed by the reconnaissance pictures didn’t look like they were capable of lifting the machine into the air. Initially it was thought that perhaps it wasn’t finished. Subsequent analysis, though, suggested that the machine could fly -just not very well. Uncertain about what they were looking at or what it was for, the Americans christened it the “Caspian Sea Monster’.

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The Soviets themselves called it the KorableMaket, or “Ship-Prototype’, and that provides a much clearer indication of the nature of the beast. The KM was a machine the Russians called an Ekranoplane – neither aircraft nor ship, but almost a hybrid of the two. It relied on a principle called Wing Low – By flying very low, the KM could ride a cushion of air sandwiched between those short, broad wings and the surface of the sea. Powered by ten turbojet engines and designed to fly at just 10 feet above the waves, the KM reached a speed as fast as 460 mph in trials. Not only did flying close to the sea provide as much as 40 per cent more lift, but it also meant the Ekranoplan flew below radar. While the single, huge KM prototype crashed in fog in 1980 and, because of her great weight, couldn’t be salvaged, other smaller designs were developed, including the M-160 Lun cruise missile carrier and the A-90 Orlyonok, a transport version that entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1979. The navy originally planned to acquire 120 of the A-90s, but in the end just three were ever operational. As the Soviet Union struggled in the final years of the Cold War, support and money for the Ekranoplan programme drained away. For now it remains an intriguing cul-de-sac in the history of aviation, the remains of which are rusting away in a dry dock in the Russian Caspian Sea port of Kaspiysk.

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Be a real fighter pilot

Come and have some fun with us near Bordeaux with our fighter pilot experience – you get to learn to fly the plane, and then experience a real dogfight! Check it out:

The Loss of MH370

All the team at “Fly a jet fighter” wanted to give their respect to the people who lost their lives on the MH370. This has been an extraordinary event, in the real sense of the word, as we have been three weeks without the sightless understanding of what happened. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has shifted the search area for the lost Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER northeast from the previous location owing to revised calculations of the aircraft’s speed. Following AMSA’s receipt of a “new credible lead”, the search has been moved 1,100km to the northeast of the previous search zone to a location 1,850 west of Perth. The new search area is approximately 319,000km2, it adds. “The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost,” says AMSA. “It indicated that the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean.” It adds that the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation is re-tasking satellites to search the new area. Weather conditions, which have hampered the airborne search for the last two days, have improved, allowing ten aircraft to be dispatched to search for wreckage of MH370 on 28 March. As the search for flight MH370 persists, Europe’s aviation safety authority has, ironically, been assessing the costs of reinforcing the underwater locator features on aircraft and their flight recorders.
This assessment is part of a proposal drawn up after the similar loss of Air France flight AF447 aimed at avoiding frustrating and expensive efforts to trace aircraft missing over oceans. European Aviation Safety Agency regulators are seeking to raise, from 30 days to 90 days, the minimum transmission duration of acoustic 37.5kHz underwater locator beacons installed on the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders. The measures also call for installation of 8.8kHz beacons on aircraft performing long-range overwater flights. Both were put forwards as part of a broader package to make flight recorders more robust and easier to locate. EASA’s comment period for the proposals closed on 20 March as search and rescue organisations struggled to cover vast areas of remote oceanic territory in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines’ missing Boeing 777.

Want a new experience ? Try out formation flying in a jet fighter! Live the thrills of a jet fighter ride whilst flying in formation. This is a great flying experience to share and to feel like a Top Gun! Enjoy the incredible sensations and views of the other aircraft while flying upside down or at low altitude. More than a jet fighter ride, you get to share with a friend or loved one, making it the best experience possible. Formation flying requires precision and action. Fighter pilots are masters of precision and this experience will get you under the skin of such pilots. You will have to manage your own emotions as you get to enjoy a jet fighter ride, fly the jet for a moment, and experience formation flying, with the wings of the aircrafts very close, and doing evolutions together.

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We have 2 different flight times to allow you to benefit from 2 experiences depending on your budget. But in all flights, you will get the full sensations of a fighter pilot, the difference being the distance and landscapes we can reach as we fly for a longer period of time.
This is a discovery flight of what fighter pilots experience every day. Flying west from Paris, the flight is composed of 3 phases: discovery and flight – your pilot sees how you react to some evolutions and then gives you the controls of the aircraft. Second phase is aerobatics, with various evolutions with zero-g, loops, barrels… and then low altitude flying which gives you the sense of speed of flying a jet fighter close to the ground.

The Fouga Magister is one of the best designed fighter planes ever. Easy to fly, it brings security with its twin engines, and offers a great view thanks to its wide cockpit glass. Built in the 1950s, the Fouga Magister was conceived as a jet trainer. The plane was worked so well that it was quickly adopted by various air forces around the world, such as the Israeli air Force who used the plane extensively during the six days war in 1967. The Fouga Magister is one of the most agile fighter planes ever built. So much that it has been the favourite plane of the French national display team, The Patrouille de France, from 1964 to 1980, when it was replaced by Alphajets.

For more information and pricing, see our section “fly a jet fighter” on our commercial website.

Jet fighters in the UK coming soon!

We are very pleased to announce that we intend to start operating a jet fighter in the UK hopefully from this summer. The aircraft will be a Fouga Magister, which is a great plane as it has a twin engine and a large glass canopy for great viewing. We are now looking for suitable airports to welcome us in the South of England. We are looking at Kent, as well as destination such as Portsmouth and Southampton. We are thrilled of this new operation and we hope that you will be many to come fly with us and experiment the thrills of a jet fighter ride.

We will keep you posted about this opportunity as soon as possible.

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