A MUNICIPAL AIRFIELD ON THE VAUMEILH PLATEAU
The Sisteron-Vaumeilh Airfield (previously named Sisteron-Thèze) is a restricted access public airfield. It is located 10 km North of Sisteron in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), altitude 542meters. It possesses one 950mx80m, North-South oriented unpaved strip (QFU 354° and 174°). The airfield is situated on a large plateau which is bordered to the West by the Durance river, and to North, East and South by the Southern French Alps.
A WORLD-RENOWNED SOARING SITE
For over 50 years, “Sisteron Soaring” has always been and remains currently the essential aeronautic activity on the airfield. Airfield soaring activity is intense between March and October. Glider launching modes are : towing, winching and self-launch. The Sisteron-Vaumeilh Airfield is acknowledged worldwide for its installations, its aerological conditions, its geographic situation and its dedication to soaring. Glider pilots from France and all over the world gather on this restricted-category airfield knowing that their activities will not have to integrate with general aviation traffic. The cosmopolitan ambience maintained on the airfield has resulted in its 2014 ranking as number 1 French airfield for welcoming international mountain soaring pilots by the French Fédération de Vol à Voile.
MANAGEMENT BY SIAG
The Syndicat Intercommunal d’Aménagement et de Gestion (SIAG) holds responsibility for the aeronautical public domain as per the convention it has signed with the French State. The day to day management role on the airfield has been awarded to ACIS (Aéroclub International Sisteron) further to a public tender by the SIAG (the SIAG is composed of the 5 neighboring municipalities (Sisteron, Vaumeilh, Thèze, Sigoyer and Valernes).
AUTHORIZATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACCESS
Occasional aviation users may apply for an exceptional access authorization by filling in a “Demande d’Autorisation d’Usage Exceptionnel” available on the SIA website.
Airfield ground operations are governed by prefectural decree «Arrêté préfectoral n° 2015104-0001 du 14 avril 2015 relatif aux mesures de police applicable sur l’Aérodrome Sisteron-Vaumeilh», and by the Specific Instructions for Use.
Reminder to pilots : it is mandatory for all airfield users to consult current official aeronautical information, e.g. VAC and NOTAM, on the SIA (Service de l’Information Aéronautique) website.
A glassed bulletin board on the outside wall near the ACIS front office contains the current aeronautic information as well as instructions in case of emergency.
CONTACTS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
ACIS 04 92 62 17 45
SIAG 04 92 61 00 37
City Hall Sisteron 04 92 61 00 37
City Hall Vaumeilh 04 92 62 10 06
La Motte du Caire 17 ou
04 92 68 32 60
Police station Sisteron 17 ou
04 92 61 00 33
Firehouse Sisteron 18
European Emergency Number 112
French official aeronautical information site (Service de l’Information Aéronautique (SIA)) for :
Links to local websites : Sisteron, Tourism, Communauté Communes du Sisteronais, Hautes Alpes Airfields