François started soaring at age 13 in the French Alps.
He has lived in Knoxville, TN for the past 40 years. His home field is Chilhowee Gliderport in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
He was the program chairman of the 1999 SSA Convention in Knoxville, has written several articles for Soaring magazine, and has served as CD for several regional and national contests.
He has logged about 4000 hours in gliders, has flown in many U.S. Nationals, winning a few along the way, and has been a member of the U.S. Soaring Team seven times, winning two bronze medals (one individual, one in the Team Cup through a beautiful team-flying display with team mate Tony Condon) at the latest World Gliding Championship of the 13.5m Class.
He is keenly interested in the new generation of all-electric self-launching sailplanes and is looking forward to another strong performance and US team-flying experience with Tony at this second World Gliding Championship of the 13.5m Class.
Melanie is strictly ground crew (N1K), but is an avid lover of the sport. She is the ussoaringteams.org web master and loves new ideas so feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, and give her additional content!