In 2011, Aurélien Gosse went through the pain of losing a child. Her daughter Julie, who had a birth defect, died when she was just six months old. “His condition led us to spend a lot of time in the hospital. I met the eyes of many sick children who were fighting to live their dreams »the 42-year-old tells us.
Since this tragedy, the father of the family has promised himself one thing: “Make all the kids I meet smile”. A pilot in Sarreguemines (Moselle), he decided to participate in an event organized by the association “Les Chevaliers du Ciel”. From May 27 to June 4, 2022, he will tour France by plane and provide the first flight for sick, disabled or vulnerable children.
“Make them forget about their hospital stay”
When he heard about this operation called “Rêves de Gosse”, the forty-year-old was immediately seized. “I want to be able to deliver the dream of travel to these children, make them forget about their hospital stay, and their next heavy treatments… I want to see them smile and contribute to their happiness.” For Aurélien Gosse, participating in this adventure is also a way to share his passion.
The father of three was a fan of aviation since his early childhood. He got his private pilot’s license when he was 17 years old. He then lived out his passion in the Air Force for twenty years as a Rafale navigator.“I’ve always loved being in the air. It’s such an extraordinary feeling. I love taking people with me to let them experience this thrill and make them discover landscapes from above.”
An adventure that he will share with his friend
Thursday May 26 2022 Fly Forties from Sargomen to head to Dole (Jura), off the air tour. But he will not be alone. Ludger Runkers, a German pilot, will accompany him throughout the operation.
The two friends met a year ago on a runway in Saarlouis, Germany. “We have the same passion and are both sensitive to the cause of children. So we decided to share this adventure.”Aurélien Gosse says.
For a week, the duo will travel to several cities in France such as Clermont-Ferrand, Valenciennes or Saint-Brieuc. The final stage will take place on Saturday 4 June in Istres. But while waiting for the big departure, the pilot parents are looking for help. “We are participating in this adventure for a good cause, but it has a cost. We need money to cover costs related to travel, flights, fuel and accommodation…” They launched an online fund with the goal of raising at least 10,000 euros.
Several hundred children should be able to fly
It indicates that in addition to the first trips offered to children, the association will organize educational activities in each city Republican Lauren Who discovered this event? “The Sky Knights do year-round work in hospitals and fight for the acceptance of difference. It is a battle close to my heart.”Aurélien Gosse says. Thanks to the 45 pilots who took part in this air tour, several hundred children should be able to fly.
Now retired from the Air Force, forties into professional retraining. He works as a freelance real estate consultant and is training to become a commercial pilot. He also gives regular English language lessons.“I’m searching for myself a little bit but everything always ends up putting me back on a plane”, Flirting. When he has free time, he loves to take his three children up in the air. “My three-year-old daughter would cry if she saw me take off without her. This might be the beginning of a career…”