Aviation in the mountains

Flying in the mountains in a light aircraft is an art that requires skill and mastery.The counterpart, in addition to the science of piloting, is to be on first-name terms with the summits, to fly in a universe of exceptional richness and beauty.Flying in the mountains is like daydreaming!

The famous Piper Super-Cub is still virtually unrivalled for its ability to evolve on glaciers.Léonard Favre

Cépaduès-Éditions has already published several books on mountain flying, most of them “academic”, teaching the method to evolve in this sumptuous but potentially hostile context.They are indispensable for safe development.The tone of this 112-page book in 17 x 24 format is different, but judiciously complements the volumes previously mentioned.Because the one we are dealing with today is part of the Aerofocus collection (directed by our friend, colleague and collaborator Jean Molveau).

It takes its inspiration from the concept of Anglo-Saxon literature of not so long ago, “observer’s books”, which were a kind of illustrated and documented catalogue of flying machines falling into a specific category.With useful details, enriching a general culture, this kind of book has allowed generations of aviation fans to discover it and “get to know a ray of it”…

Aviation in the mountains, aerial mountaineering at the controls of a plane…by Léonard Favre, Aérofocus collection, Cépaduès-Éditions.Price: 25 $.ISBN: 9782364937468

After gliders, Army Light Aviation aircraft, aerobatic aircraft and historical microlight aircraft, here is a fifth title of the collection, rather “transversal”, devoted to fixed-wing aircraft capable of flying on altisurfaces, or even landing on glaciers.

Léonard Favre, has gathered a bestiary of flying machines which is rather heterogeneous, even if we find the inevitable Piper Super-Cub, Jodel Mousquetaire or Pilatus Turbo-Porter; because there are many others that the reader will discover at random in the summary, which are more exotic, even more common, but the author, practicing the discipline that is mountain flying, has seen them evolve, even fly them in the mountain environment.

The airline Air-Alpes has played a pioneering role in the development of mountain aviation, notably with the Pilatus Turbo-Porter.DR

A special feature of this Aerofocus opus is that the author, who is both a glider and plane pilot and a mountaineer (and a contributor to the French aeronautical press, notably the bimonthly Vol à Voile) has added biographical notes on the pioneers, François Durafour and the first landing at Mont-Blanc in the Caudron G-3 in 1921, Herman Geiger and Henri Giraud, as well as on the historic altiports and the mythical Air-Alpes airline.

This well-illustrated book (at least four photos per type of machine) will make those who are tempted by mountain flying want to take action; otherwise it will provide knowledge, even if it is bookish, of aircraft that adapt to this very special environment.A nice initiative.We hope that this collection will continue to grow in the future.