“I caught the aeronautic bug when I was just a kid. I’ve never lost that hunger for knowledge about every aspect of “heavier-than-air” aircraft. Each second of a gravity-free flight brings me closer to space and to this demanding, fascinating universe. I love sharing these magical moments, too. Whether it’s a kid’s face as they’re taking off for the first time, or the look in the eyes of an adult on their first parabolic flight, giving people this unique experience is an unbeatable feeling.”
When the new A310 arrived at Novespace, Bertrand was among the first to report for pilot duty. After a special flight and simulator training course, he completed his first parabolas in 2015.
“You need to reach such a level of accuracy to create gravity-free conditions that each parabola is unique. It’s a little personal challenge I set myself before each parabola!”