Flight over the D-Day Landing beaches

Courseulles-sur-Mer, France

Experience hosted by Michel

60 mins, Hosted in French and English
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Up to 1 person
Includes equipment

What you'll do

I invite you to a flight on board a gyrocopter. It looks like a helicopter with a glass cabin offering a panoramic view. The rotor is activated by the front wind and the gyrocopter is propulsed by a rear propeller. Its cruise speed is between 50km/h and 180km/h; It takes off like an aircraft and lands on very short distances. Turbulences are less felt than in an aircraft. It is equipped with 4 points safety belts, and noise reduction headsets. Pilot and passenger are seated in tandem mode.
Weather permitting, I invite you to a panoramic flight over the D-Day Landing Beaches taking off from the airfield of Courseulles sur Mer. The 45mn flight will go west to overfly the coast, Arromanches and the remains of the artificial harbour, the battery guns at Longues, Port en Bessin, and will go back around the American military cemetery of Saint-Laurent. The return flight will overfly Bayeux, and the castles of Creully and Fontaine-Henri among others. If you book 2 consecutive experiences, we will be able to fly farther and overfly the Pointe du Hoc site, and turn back over Sainte-Mère Eglise.
Other things to note
Minimum 10 years old. Minors need to bring a parental authorisation.
Max Size : 6'4" , Max weight : 198lbs
Only one passenger (2 seater)
Flights available only in July
I invite you to a flight on board a gyrocopter. It looks like a helicopter with a glass cabin offering a panoramic view. The rotor is activated by the front wind and the gyrocopter is propulsed by a rear propeller. Its cruise speed is between 50km/h and 180km/h; It takes off like an aircraft and lands on very short distances. Turbulences are less felt than in an aircraft. It is equipped with 4 points safety belts, and noise reduction headsets. Pi…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Advanced noise reduction headsets facilitating the discussion with the pilo...

Meet your host, Michel

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 30 Reviews
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I do pilot light aircraft in France and in the USA since the age of 15. SInce 2013, I have launched discovery flights with a gyrocopter in the Alps.
Everyear, I spend the month of July in the region of Courseulles (Normandy) and I fly over from the Alps to do discovery flights in the region of the D-Day landing beaches.
The added value of the gyrocopter is that it brings panoramic views at a very reasonable speed, and can land on small airfileds like the Courseulles airfiled.
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From G$36,019
/ person
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Where you'll be

On our way forward, flight over the D-Day landing beaches, over the remains of the Arromanches artificial harbour, over the Battery guns of Longues, over Port en Bessin, around the US military cemetery of Saint-Laurent.
On our return flight, flight over Norman castles , over Bayeux and over the Caen region.
With 2 consecutive experiences we can extend the first flight to Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and fly over Sainte-Mère Eglise before returning.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 30 reviews.

Neeleh
July 2021
What a great experience! Our son (almost 15) loved every second of the flight. Michel is a very nice person and very experienced pilot who really takes time to explain about all there is to see and know, depending on your interest. Highly recommended!
What a great experience! Our son (almost 15) loved every second of the flight. Michel is a very nice person and very experienced pilot who really takes time to explain about all th…
Laetitia
July 2020
Une très belle expérience Un grand merci à Michel pour son professionnalisme Un cadeau que mon ami n est pas près d oublier
Alice
July 2020
I booked this flight for my husband, he just loved it. He enjoyed very much this unique experience and really appreciated the effort Michel has done to make this happen. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.
Stéphane
July 2020
Très beau moment, 45 minutes d'un vol passionnant d'un point de vue historique et avec un panorama exceptionnel. La grande Histoire du débarquement racontée par Michel par jour de grand soleil: à vivre ! Un super cadeau de mon chéri pour mon anniversaire. Seul petit regret: l'avoir fait toute seule car l'autogyre ne peut accepter qu'un passager. Avantage: visibilité parfaite à 270°. Merci beaucoup Michel
Très beau moment, 45 minutes d'un vol passionnant d'un point de vue historique et avec un panorama exceptionnel. La grande Histoire du débarquement racontée par Michel par jour de…
Peter
July 2019
Great fun. I flew in a Piper Super Cub years ago for my 60th. This was much more like riding a motorbike compared to a hatchback but not too scary!
Benedict
July 2019
This experience was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Flying across Normandy gave a unique view of the country and linked the landmarks together in a way nothing else could. I saw so much, and being in a gyrocopter meant there was time to really look at the points of interest as we passed. Michel was really friendly and helpful, and had great knowledge of the area and the sights to see on our route. I really enjoyed flying in the gyrocopter.
This experience was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Flying across Normandy gave a unique view of the country and linked the landmarks together in a way nothing el…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 1 guest ages 10 and up can attend.

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