July 06th to 20th 2009 in  IRELAND - Mt Leinster



Order the Retroplane 2009 DVD

See the trailer - .wmv format (4mo)


The Retroplane 2009 photo album is online


Etroplane is a meeting of slope soaring which is unique in Europe. It is reserved to old style gliders up until around 1960 in other words, prior to the arrival of fibreglass gliders. This meeting unites those passionate about building and flying original models.

The advantage of this meeting on a slope is that it allows flying to take place at eye level thus giving pleasure and allowing one the chance to admire the workmanship through the fabric and to hear the whistling of the wind through the shroud...

Each year, Retroplane is held in a different region, but the 2009 edition will be exceptional, as this edition will be held in Ireland for 2 weeks. We will be welcomed by Fred and Joe from the Island Slope Rebels.

The official week end will be the July 10th 11th 12th and 13th, but we are proposing to arrive a week before and leave a week after this date to organize flying sessions, depending of the weather forecast.

Please, consider this Retroplane edition as a family holidays on an Island with beautiful landmarks and lots of time will be given for tourism.

What models can take part ?
-Scale models which have been constructed in wood and fabric or tube and fabric according to plans which

What models cannot take part ?
RTF gliders or those from kits or craftsman with fibreglass fuselage and foam wings. For example, the Ka6 Multiplex or S2G, Mimimoa Graupner or S2G....
- Second hand gliders, in this case are considered as Ready to Fly
- Full scale glider reproduction which have all plastic fuselage and wings are no longer considered "retro".

Aeromodel pilots who have a "retro" scale model or semi "retro" scale model and who wish to participate in the Retroplane 2009 meeting are invited to Contact me or Contact Fred

To participate, the pilots must have an up to date flying licence from your country of residence. A radio frequency check system will be in place during the entire event..

Retroplane is a meeting for pleasure, without any competitive spirit while at the same time, providing "relaxed" judgment in order to motivate the participants.

The philosophy of the meeting is to

·         Prioritise authentic models

·         Meet friends who are adept at construction and in retro scale gliders

·         Create a memorable experience

·         Experience together an enjoyable and convivial moment

To react or ask questions about the meeting, you can use the FORUM






Number of adults + Children - Indicate a wish to stay at the camp base

Stay duration Approximately indicate the number of days you stay in Ireland





Sponsors and Prizes



Static scale model kits Glidingbookshop


Accessories for pilots - Matthew's Models Pilots

Subsciptions to Modèle Magazine

Subsciptions to Aufwind

Short-Kit Ka3 and Opel Rak LoopingFredhttp://www.islandmodels.ie


1 tee-shirt
will be given by COPAEROto all pilots


 A clock will be given to each pilots, either in varnished plywood (20x20cm)

or in color (printed photo, glued onto the wood)

Mugs offered by www.retroplane.de

 Little plywood panel 25cm long painted and with stickers

Wooden puzzle of the Dopp to be assembled (47cm wing span)


All prizes will be drawn.




Mount Leinster's flying sites



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Download the PlaceMark

POINT GPS N52°37'06''  W6°46'29''


OTHER PHOTOS: A week with Fred - May 2008






The campsite location has been chosen near the sea, allowing the families to enjoy the stay as much as possible. The flying sites at Mount Leinter are at around 40km / 45 mn drive from the campsite

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POINT GPS N52°31'10''  W6°15'11''

The basecamp will be located at the campsite in Morriscastle, see their internet site.
See also their catalogue

We will do the booking for all participants and visitors, you don't need to book directly with the campsite

Attention, this campsite do not have mobile home or caravans for booking / rent



Download the PlaceMark




How to get there ?


The ferries departure France>Ireland can be done from Cherbourg or Roscoff. Arrival in Ireland is in Rosslare.
Company website : http://www.irishferries.com/  (New ship with casino, cinema, restaurant, pub and cabaret spectacles)
Return ticket is between 800 and 900 euros for a car + 2 adults. The booking must be done well in advance as there is limited space on the ship

A cheaper option will be to go through the U.K (around 550 km to drive). For the participants coming from the East, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany... the boarding can be made at Calais or Boulogne, this way, you avoid to drive to Cherbourg.

Crossing via the Eurotunnel cost around 150 euros return at the cheapest hours http://www.eurotunnel.com

U.K to Ireland crossing is around 300 to 400 Euros return. See StenaLine



Your route with

-France- Cherbourg 50100 - Roscoff 29680 - Calais 62100 - Boulogne-sur-Mer 62200
-U.K - Dover - Fishguard - Holyhead
-Ireland - Rosslare
-Ireland - Kilmuckridge (Basecamp)





Some links


Terres Celtes.net

Guide du Routard

Island Slope Rebels

Gallery Photo

Gallery RETROPLANE 2005 at Pic du Vissou

Gallery RETROPLANE 2006 at Menez-Hom

Gallery RETROPLANE 2007 at Schweisel

Translate by Frédéric Marie