Axel is a former French Air Force fighter pilot.
Graduated from Fighter School in 1996, he’s been assigned for 8 years flying Mirage 2000 C in an operational air defence squadron before joining the French Flight Test Center in 2004.
Graduated from EPNER (French Test Pilots School), he has logged hours on most of the french air force aircraft during Maintenance Check Flights or envelope clearance flights.
He has especially flown as PIC on Alpha Jet, Mirage 2000, L39, TBM700, N262, EMB121, Falcon 10/20, S2T Tracker, C160 Transall, ATR72, Beech 200, CN235, PC6 or DHC6.
He’s been an EPNER Test Pilot Instructor for two years and the chief test pilot of this school for two more years. He settled down new subjects for experimental students concerning stalls in ATR72, dedicated 4 engines aircraft test flights on A340 and dissymetrical external loads carrying on Falcon 20.
He still performs nowadays test flights for some companies, flies as a military instructor for french air force student pilots and trains pilots as FI or FE for SEP class, TMG class, gliders, aerobatics and mountain flying in several airclubs. He is DC3 FI/FE , captain on ATR42/72 and Beech 1900.
Having accumulated an experience of more than 15000 flight hours on 181 aircraft and glider types among which 2700 hours on jet fighters and over 2000 hours in test flights, Axel is consequently HT/CFI, UPRT FFI & MCF Instructor for ECAIR.