The Aéroplume is an individual airship with fluttering wings. It is the first machine that enables people to fly on their own, by fluttering their wings.
The fonctions are reduced to the bare minimum: the muscular power is the engine, the propellers are replaced by a pair of wings that are an extension of the pilot’s arms (pilot’s stance is that of our dreams, lying flat, arms wide open with the head forward.
An egg-shaped helium bubble is fixed to the balloonist’s back. The volume of the envelope is calculated very simply by: pilot’s weight + wings weight + envelope’s weight.
Due to its slow flight speed, to its important inertia and to uncertain weather conditions, the Aéroplume is more likely to be practised indoors. Even though in this case, the flight area is confined to the hangar’s size, it allows you to fly under any weather conditions and makes the Aéroplume accessible to all.
There are different sizes of Aéroplume, depending on the pilot’s weight.
At the moment, we have 5 different airships: the Nino for children up to 40 kg, the Ciccio for pilots up to 65 kg, the Wanda up to 80 kg, the Bornéo up to 85 kg and Lutz up to 90 kg.
Where to fly the Aéroplume?
Built in 1917 for the Marine’s airships assigned to coast surveillance, the hangar of Écausseville (next to Cherbourg) is the last of its kind in France. Its volume (length 150 m, width 25 m, height 30 m) makes it the ideal place to fly the Aeroplume.
Aérosculpture is organizing flight sessions every summers, on the Aéroplume, from July to August by appointment.
If you are interested in an introduction of a wing-fluttering flight, infos and booking : firstname.lastname@example.org, aeroplume.fr, facebook/Aeroplume.