Chambley aerodrome (LFJY) extends over 486 hectares. It is a former American base (1953-1967) where the American Michael Collins lived (1969 – Apollo XI mission to the moon).
It was bought by the Regional Council of Lorraine in 2007 to develop an aviation center of excellence. The site is in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Lorraine, close to a nautical pole of 1100 hectares (lake of Madine) and a to a nature area (Lachaussée). It’s a unique place in Europe with water, air and nature.
Chambley aerodrome is 25 minutes from the highways A4 and A31, 35 minutes from Metz and Lorraine Airport and 50 minutes from Nancy.
The land spread over 486 hectares is composed as follows:
- Aviation Area (250 hectares)
- Industrial and home-made area (150 hectares)
- Leisure activities and light aviation area (86 hectares)
- Easements and access (20 hectares)
The airfield is composed of a main runway with a taxiway of 2900 meters, a microlight paved runway of 750 meters, a grassy glider runway of 3000 meters, a control tower (not activated), a propane station unique in the world, fuel stations, a GNSS approach, a lighting activated by PCL, and a weather station available by radio frequency (119.55) indicating: wind / pressure / temperature.
The area of light and sporty aviation in the northern section has six hangars (microlight, helicopters, gliders, airplanes and balloons). In addition to the clubs there are companies of aerial work, maintenance workshops and authorized service, a training center and museums.
Currently there are a hundred aircrafts on the base, 880 association members, 254 pilots, 17 instructors, 79 students and twenty employees. The Aerospace Initiation Diplomas reserved for teenagers aged from 13 to 21 are provided on the site.
There are also other aviation activities such as flexible sails, paramotors, model airplanes making, parachuting. It could eventually welcome the leagues and regional committees of aeronautical associations, and a Center of Industrial, Technical and Scientific Culture.
In the southern section, there are many companies in the fields of wood, agriculture, plastics and the aeronautics, a print shop, a restaurant, a track and a car driving circuit. Every day, nearly 400 people are working on this platform.