And during the summer months there are many airshows and events where fans of flight can see rare aircraft, acrobatic teams and take in the atmosphere.
Here is a quick pick of airshows in France, and if you have any local to you please feel free to add details via the comment form below:
Light Aircraft Meeting, Blois - Le Breuil
Around 900 amateur aircraft owners are expected at one of the most popular meets in France, there are also workshops, conferences, special events for children and 40 exhibitors.
June 29 to July 1, 2012
Le Top Fly’in Tour 2012, Amboise - Dierre
From their base airport at Amboise - Dierre pilots take trips out to various points to discover new corners of the region.
July 4 to 8, 2012
Tour Aviation Ultra Légère Motorisée
Ultra light aircraft take to the skies and take a route around the north eastern corner of France.
July 28 to August 3, 2012
Belves Airshow, Dordogne
A popular show that draws many visitors will give people a chance to try out a flight simulator, check out some of the aircraft on show and watch acrobatic aircraft twist and turn in the sky.
August 15, 2012