Thank You very much for your time. Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us you aviation background as well.
My name is Aymeric de Valence, I am the leader of the Sparflex Jet team. I have been involved in aviation since I was a kid, my dad was an airline pilot for Air France and taught me how to fly at age 10. I then flew gliders as a teenager and later joined the french navy as a naval aviator. I flew fighters on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for almost 20 years before I retired and joined Sparflex. Michel Soutiran is the owner of the airplanes and founder of Sparflex. He flies the second L39 in formation with me. He started flying at age 15 and has always flown ever since for pleasure but essentially to travel for his business. He was the first pilot to own a L39 in France back in 1999.
I have accidentally found about the Patrouille Sparflex, never heard it before. Am I saying it right, does the team named Patrouille Sparflex? Tell us the history please.
Airshow season is over but come see us in Reims, we will take you flying! We created a non-profit organization called Fly&Fun to share our activities with other members. Anybody can join and fly the L39’s!
How do you put the program together? Is it a team work?
It is a team work with the coach. We suggest new maneuvers, we discuss them all together. After that we try them with our coach in the backseat who validate the final demo
Are you in connection with the French demo/solo teams?
We are good friend with all other french demo teams, we are well connected and meet them on airshows but also at the annual french airshow symposium in Lyon (France Spectacle Aérien: http://france-spectacle-aerien.com)
What are the reactions from the public? Any favourite feedback during the years?