Airport presentation

Les Eplatures airport, in the state of Neuchâtel, is just in the middle of the Jura mountain range.

World known center of excellence in the micro technologies and watch making industry, this high lying region offers a preserved natural environment , with a mediterranean touch, thanks to the vicinity of the lake of Neuchâtel.

Hightech, environment and cultural life combine with harmony in creating a high quality of life. Learn more about the city: www.chaux-de-fonds.ch

Les Eplatures is the highest IFR international airport in Europe, and is the only permanently operated airport in the french-swiss Jura mountains.

It is the perfect link to hundreds of general aviation airports in Europe for private and business aviation.

It is also your choice for a sports and instruction facility if you practice aviation by yourself.

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board

 

 

Philippe Clapasson – CEO

Raphaël Boichat – Air trafic controller, head of aviation safety

Emanuele Tocalli – Air trafic controller, head of ground services and rescue firefighting

Thierry Thiébaud – Technical employee, ground services

Marinho Soares Ribeiro – Administration, ground services

Loïc Peitrequin – Trainee air trafic controller

Christian Zbinden – Student air trafic controller

Jacky Barben – Air trafic controller support staff

Dustin Leuenberger – Air trafic controller support staff

Michel Masserey – Air trafic controller support staff

Etienne Mudry – Air trafic controller support staff

 

Didier Berberat – Chairman

Claude Dubois – Vice-chairman

Thierry Brechbühler – membre

Andreas Jurt – membre

Jean-Nathanaël Karakash – membre

Hans-Peter Müller – membre

Jean-Kley Tullii – membre

Photo gallery

Airport
History

1912

First aviation display.

1919

Aeronautical week in autumn with military airshow (20000 spectators).
Foundation of the cooperative company NHORA for the development of aviation in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

1927

Official opening of the first airport building.

1929

Foundation of Aero-Club des Montagnes Neuchateloises for the development of sport aviation and pilot training.

1930

The airport gets customs clearance for international traffic.

1937

Official opening of the first hangar.

1946 – 56

Increase of air traffic (tourism and sport flights).

1955 – 56

A concrete runway is built (740 m X 30 m).
Obtaining of the concession of the airport.

1957

An air traffic office and a restaurant are built.

1960

A new hangar is built for maintenance used by Transair and a radio station appears.

1963

Hangar 3 is built.

1971

Renewal of the concession of airport until 2001.

1972

The runway is extended to 845 m.

1986

The runway is rebuilt, runway lights are set.
APAPI are installed on both runway beginnings to give the visual slope.
Parking areas are extended.
A control tower is erected.

1989 – 90

The first set of navaids for instrument approaches is installed.

1996 – 98

The runway is again extended to 1100 m.
Taxiway is built.
The fourth hangar is built.
parking areas for airplanes are extended.

2000

The runway is grooved to improve operation during rainfall
The electronic glide path transmitter is installed.

2001

Renewal of the concession of airport until 2031.

2002

The runway profil is modified and the runway is extended to 1165 m.

Press

14.12.2020

Didier Berberat sera le nouveau président

04.12.2020

Un nouvel hélicoptère aux Eplatures

22.10.2020

Un terminal tout neuf

28.05.2020

Reportage de Canal Alpha (min. 23.23)

28.05.2020

Un million et une équipe renforcée

05.02.2020
Les Eplatures: La Chaux-de-Fonds rassure

05.02.2020
Eplatures: Sylvia Morel se montre rassurante

04.02.2020
L’aéroport des Eplatures dans le viseur de l’OFAC

20.01.2020
Bouleversements à l’aéroport

17.01.2020
La Chaux-de-Fonds: l’inquiétude monte d’un cran à l’aéroport des Eplatures

OCT 2019
Falcon 8X: Peak performance at les Eplatures > see the vidéo

22.10.19
How short landing performance takes Dassault’s Falcon places other business jets can’t reach – AIN

17.10.19
Short-field Landings in the Falcon 8X

03.10.19
Falcon 8X: Peak performance at les Eplatures

09.09.19
90 Secondes – Jack, je vole… aux Eplatures

08.09.19
L’aviation à la fête aux Journées populaires à La Chaux-de-Fonds

04.07.19
Un nouvel avion est arrivé aux Eplatures

18.03.19
L’aéroport régional des Eplatures de la Chaux-de-Fonds
accueillera bientôt de nouveaux vols réguliers

18.03.19
Cet été on pourra aller en Croatie depuis La Tchaux

13.03.19
Nouvel avion

12.03.19
Croisitour reprend ses vols aux Eplatures

09.03.19
Révolution dans le ciel

09.03.19
Des turbulences ressenties aux Eplatures

08.03.19
Pressions et tensions à l’aéroport des Eplatures

19.06.18
Raphael Boichat – L’homme qui fait danser les avions