The microlight evolution from the dawn of time
Francis Rogallo invents and tests for NASA flexible biconical wings intended for the space capsules entry into the atmosphere, he then creates the modern hang glider.
The free flight pioneers perform the first hang-gliding flights.
French civil aviation officially recognizes the "Ultra-Light Motorized", admitting specific regulations based on the declaration system.
The FFPLUM is born. It is chaired by Alain Dreyer and its mission is to adapt this new specific regulation in collaboration with the DGAC. At that time, a meeting between two hang-gliding enthusiasts Gilles BRU and Jean-Yves LE BIHAN would revolutionize the Pendulum Ultra-Light Motorized.
The two friends settled in Ardèche created Air Concept, which after a few months became Air Création. They are developing a first tricycle, the "safari" which will be equipped with a 250-cc engine and surmounted by a wing developed by Eole 2000 (Alpha 17), then the first Air Création wings, the "Plus" range.
Air Création develops the GT-Bi, a two-seater tricycle equipped with oleo-pneumatic shock absorbers with the new double surface wing designed for powered flight: the Quartz 18.
To satisfy an increasing number of demanding pilots, the two friends designed the Racer, an efficient and high-performance single seater that would prove to be the all records weight-shift controlled aircraft (SX12).
On the first world championships in Millau, Jean-Yves LE BIHAN won silver, opening the way to a long list of achievements for the Air Création microlights and their pilots.
Gilles BRU develops the 16SX, the best-selling wing of its time.
Air Création built a 1000m² factory specially adapted to produce microlights on the Aubenas aerodrome with direct access to the runways. Gilles mainly works on wings, he is still today the father of all air creation wings, while Jean-Yves focuses on trikes. It was also during this period that a third man embarked on the adventure, Jean-Luc TILLOY took over the commercial activities.
Roland Coddens set the FAI record for time to climb, reaching 3000m altitude in 6 min 32 sec at the controls of his Racer SX 12.
Michel Serane set a double record by covering 1071 km aboard his Racer and without landing. For the first Edition of the Grand Prix du Silence, the Air Création pendulum won all the awards thanks to the adaptation of new 4:1 reduction gears and 5-blade propellers.
The arrival at Air Création of a new important character, Antoine Cardon who joins the design office.
The wing’s production Begin with the "XP" range. These stable wings offer a wide speed range.
Air Création has developed the 'GTE' tricycle range, adapted to the new regulation allowing for a maximum mass of 450kg. This tricycle is safer and more comfortable, replacing the GT-Bi.
Serge Zin reached an altitude of 9720 meters on board his Air Création ultralight and set a new world record.
New ascent record for Roland Coddens, this time at 6000m in 14 min 54 sec still at the controls of a Racer.
Design of a new range called “Kiss” wings.
Air creation takes a new step with the appearance of a new range of wings with a stiffened profile, the "iXess", efficient, fast and stable, this wing has a high performance and is equipped with a new trim, it is a real success.
After many years of research, the air creation teams are developing the Tanarg, entirely developed in CAD around its occupants, the first mechanically welded steel trike is a real revolution in the two-seater trikes. Its shock absorption chassis is designed to accommodate the new Rotax 912. It will become the standard in terms of ergonomics, safety, reliability, and above all comfort.
Air Création hits very hard: Gilles and his team develop the Corset®, this patented system equips the "BioniX" wings with variable configuration, allowing to modify the characteristics in flight. This is one of the greatest advances in the weight-shift controlled aircraft.
The Tandem range is expanding with the Skypper. Benefiting from the advances of the Tanarg. This new trike, a true Cross-over returns to the fundamentals of the weight-shift controlled aircrafts: lightness and simplicity. With or without fairing, it embodies the weight-shift trikes versatility.
A new wing equipped with the corset system is developed for the occasion, the NuviX.
The brand develops the Pixel which succeeds the Racer, it is the rebirth of Air Creation’s single seaters.D.S.T.E. wing design (Double Surface with External Transversal), marketed under the name "iFun", its economical wings are extremely versatile and fit on all Air Création tricycles.
The BioniX² is born, this BioniX improved version is the top variable geometry wings result, thanks to its Corset® improvement and other modifications, the X² is more flexible, more stable, more durable, faster, safer …
The iFun wings are offered in a foldable version on the tricycle, the “iFun SP” (Short Pack)
The company acquires a first 3D printer, making it possible to accelerate and optimize the prototyping phases but also to produce complex parts. Others will follow later, today 3D printing is an integral part of our production.
Antoine DEMELLIER pilot, instructor and specialist in ULM Air Création joins the commercial branch of the company.
Air Création is equipped with a high-performance laser plotter-cutter for making wings, considerably increasing the team’s production and the comfort. This tool improves the wings quality to high precision.
The Tanarg gets an improvement in neo version, thus allowing the integration of Rotax 912 iS engines (injection). This new model has optimized comfort, performance, safety, silence, aesthetics, aerodynamics and becomes the weight-shift trikes quintessence.
Colin Fargher covers 783.9 km aboard his skypper and breaks the straight-line distance record.
Evolution of the Skypper, there in evo version, integrating the Rotax 912 iS engine, its new ergonomics makes it more aesthetic, more comfortable and even more versatile. The Skypper evo allows the development of the Bush version, the off-field weight-shift controlled aircraft is designed for "STOL" use. It is accompanied by the iFun XL, the large surface wing developed specifically for this use.
Development of the e-Pixel, the manufacturer's first electric ULM which will soon be in the air...