Capitaine Benoit Planche "Tao"

Capitaine Benoit Planche "Tao"

Rafale Solo Display pilot 2014

36 years old
Patrol Leader since 2005,
25 combat missions
2560 flying hours including 1100 hours on the Rafale

1998 : Joining French Air Force
2001 – 2007 : Mirage 200N pilot for the 01.004 Fighter Squadron "Dauphiné"
2007 – 2009 : Rafale pilot for the 01.007 Fighter Squadron "Provence"
2009 – 2012 : Rafale pilot for the 01.091 Fighter Squadron "Gascogne"
Since 2012 : Rafale pilot for the 02.092 Conversion Unit "Aquitaine"
Rafale Solo Display pilot 2013

Capitaine Mickael Brocard "Micka"

Capitaine Mickael Brocard "Micka"

Rafale Solo Display Coach 2014

43 years old
Patrol leader since 2003,
48 combat missions
4650 flight hours including 1350 in Rafale

1992 : joining French Air Force
1995 – 1998 : instructor pilot at Salon-de-Provence
1998 – 2001 : Mirage 2000D pilot for the 01.003 Fighter Squadron "Navarre"
2001 – 2005 : Mirage 2000C pilot for the 01.005 Fighter Squadron "Vendée"
2005 – 2012 : Rafale pilot for the 01.007 Fighter Squadron "Provence"
Since 2012 : Rafale instructor pilot for the 02.092 Fighter Squadron "Aquitaine"
Rafale Solo Display pilot 2011&2012 - Rafale Solo Display coach 2013

Support team

Support team

Support team from ESTA 15.007 "Haute-Marne"

The display support team consists of specialists in mechanical, avionics, engines and weapons which come from ESTA 15.007 Maintenance unit.
Only 4 technicians, from 35 engineering technicians and engineering RSD support team, come for each airshows and are responsible for engineering standards and safety.

The ease of support has driven Rafale design very early and drastically reduced its logistic footprint for simple deployability.
Clever technologies have been favored to limit the manpower :
_ Comprehensive and accurate integrated testability covers all aircraft systems,
_ No run-up after engine change:
_ Accurate and comprehensive testability features allows targeted replacements to be made on the flight line and all flight line operations can be carried out by a single technician.

Aircraft

Aircraft

Dassault Rafale
Wing span10,90mLenght15,30m
Height5,30mEngines2 Snecma M88-2
Overall empty weight22,000 lbsMax. Take-off weight54,000 lbs
Store stations14Limit load factors-3g / +9g