The Villacoublay 107 air base is located on a 320-hectare site in the municipalities of Bièvres, Jouy-en-Josas and Vélizy-Villacoublay in the Yvelines.
Created in 1936, this base is home to units that make use of significant numbers of airplanes and transport helicopters to carry out liaison missions for the civil and military authorities. It is the mythical aerodrome used by the President of the Republic, and which is the stage each year for the rehearsals of Bastille Day military parade on 14th July that takes place on the Champs Elysées.
Since the spring of 2013, after major renovation work extending over a period of one year, the base has been equipped with a runway that was increased in length to 2,000 metres. This is 73 metres longer than before, thus ensuring that it is now in compliance with aeronautical regulations, and that the 107 air base is now big enough for the A400M, the air force’s new military transport aircraft.
SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest, which has proven expertise in the airport sector, carried out the work designed to ensure that the runway lights comply with the standards in force for the platform, comprising principally:-
- The runway – Axis, lateral TDZ (touch down zone),
- The approaches (category II – visibility approach 450 metres),
- Remote-controlled stop bars and remote management,
- Descent assistance systems (RTIL, flashing approach lights, PAPI),
- The edges of all the taxiways,
- Display panels and signposts,
- Traffic lights on service roads,
- Electric alteration work in the sub-stations,
- The creation of a new lighting command/control assembly
- Assistance and support for homologation with the DIRCAM / STAC (Military Air Circulation Division / Civil Aviation Technical Department)
The contract, which amounted to 4 million euros, was completed in 16 months by SPIE teams from the Roissy Works Centre.
Throughout the project, the SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest employees thus had the privilege of being present at the stopover of the A400M – with the President of the Republic on board during the International Air Show at Le Bourget -, at the Breitling Cup 100/24 (aeronautical event during which civil and military crews try to land and take-off from 100 French aerodromes over a single 24-hour period), at the Patrouille de France take-off for the 14th July military parade.