RSA Brienne 2017

RSA Gathering, Brienne-le-Chateau, France, 28-30 July 2017

Report by Peter and Kim Davison

The ‘Rassemblement des Constructeurs Amateurs’ represents aircraft homebuilders across France, those amateur fabricators who build their own light aircraft either from kits or completely of their own design. Projects are often completed in their own homes or at local airfields. The RSA provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge, a resource of technical knowledge and guidance on the complex regulations governing the design and operation of light aircraft. This regional gathering offers opportunities for members to share experiences in an informal atmosphere.

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Mondial Air Balloons 2017

MAB 2017, Chambley, France, 21-30 July 2017

Report by Peter and Kim Davison

This is now billed as the biggest hot-air balloon gathering in the world. Only Albuquerque, New Mexico comes close. Held every two years, this, the fifteenth such show in the Region of Grand Est, centred near Metz, birthplace of Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier, the world’s first aeronaut. This French region has four international borders and over sixteen nations were represented in mass ascents at 0630 and 1830 each day subject to suitable weather conditions.

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