The aerodrome of Gap - Tallard (IATA code: GAT • ICAO code: LFNA) is an aerodrome open to public air traffic (CAP), located in the municipality of Tallard 12 km south-southwest of Gap in the Hautes-Alpes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, France). It is used for the practice of leisure activities and tourism (light aviation, glider, helicopter, skydiving and ballooning).
It was in the 1930s that aeronautical activities began. The alpine flying club has a grass track. During the Second World War the track is rendered unusable. The Italian army, in order to prevent its use by the Allies, neutralizes it by means of trenches. The late 1940s marked the beginning of gliding activity. The glider is currently one of the main activities of this aerodrome.
In the 1970s, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hautes-Alpes took over the management of the aerodrome. A solid track and taxiways are built, as well as premises near the track. A regular airline Gap-Paris was born in 1972. It will operate until 1977. In 1998 and 1999, the aerodrome hosted Mondial de l'Air, a light aviation and leisure fair.
The land where the aerodrome is located, consists of an alluvial plain5, at the confluence of the Durance and Rousine. The western part is along the 85 national road. 1 kilometer further south is the La Saulce motorway junction, the northern end of the A51.
The aerodrome has four runways oriented south-north (02/20):
a bitumen track 965 meters long and 30 wide;
a grass track 700 meters long and 80 wide, reserved for gliders and paratroopers for their landings. They are located on both sides of the paved mini-track. ;
a mini asphalt track 443 meters long and 10 meters wide, reserved for microlights and gliders.
The aerodrome is not controlled but has a flight information service (AFIS) and an automatic broadcast service (ATIS). The calls are made on 129.325 MHz for ATIS and 119.100 MHz for AFIS.
Taxiways link the main runway with the various infrastructures of the aerodrome and with the aeropole, area of ??economic activity mainly oriented towards aeronautics. There is also a refueling station (UL 91, 100LL and Jet A1) and a restaurant. To the west of the runways is a landing area for skydiving. In addition, all the airspace of this western part of the aerodrome is reserved for this sporting activity.
The main activity of the aerodrome is based on the practice of air sports. In 2004, nearly 80,000 movements were recorded, more than 100,000 since 2010. These movements correspond to commercial (public transport) and non-commercial movements (flying clubs, private individuals, training flights). It is the only and main European multi-sports air center. The aerology of the surrounding valleys and the local climate (more than 300 days of sunshine a year) make the platform a popular sports venue.