The adventure began in 2004 when Charles Clair was a young volunteer instructor working for the Boulogne Billancourt Aero-Club at the Saint-Cyr l’Ecole airfield.
He decided to leave this association to become a business manager and launch his private pilot school, with the goal to create a “high-end” segment, specific to a demanding clientele. The initial concept of this school was based on 3 fundamentals:
– modern planes (the fleet of French tourist planes was over 35 years old at the time),
– professional instructors dedicated to customer training,
– a real “Service” tailored to the training goal.
Charles Clair then decides to name his pilot school “AIR ET COMPAGNIE” in homage to Christian Zimmer. In fact, in 1996, Christian Zimmer had created a small aerial work company dedicated to the activity of radio relay by plane for international cycling courses called “AIR ET COMPAGNIE”. This company aimed to provide a first professional experience to young pilots leaving professional training. Charles Clair was the last pilot hired by Christian Zimmer just before his death in 2003.
To launch his activity, Charles Clair invested an initial capital of only € 2,000 and set up shop at Toussus le Noble airport in the Paris region by renting 2 offices of 9 sqm.