About us

The history

Alain Zoller established Air Turquoise in 1995. He has been testing gliders since 1989 and knows very well AFNOR and LTF standards from the beginning. Claude Thurnheer started to work with Alain in 1994 as a test pilot. Together they have tested many gliders and have built up solid competences testing all type of gliders.

As the new EN (CEN) standard started to grow in 1994, we didn’t exactly know when it would get published. It took 11 years to develop the EN standard before it finally got published in 2005. The working group (WG6) that was responsible for the creation of the EN standard consists of national federations, manufacturers and test pilots. Every European country voted “YES” for this EN standard.

Less than one year after the standard was released, in January 2006, Alain Zoller and Randi Eriksen started to develop a testing structure and procedures according to the EN standard.

In March 2006 we could finally start testing after the new standard. We organized several “EN information-days” mainly for factory test pilots so they could know and understand how the new standard was working and how they could prepare their gliders before certification. 

In 2006 Air Turquoise was certified by ISO 9001:2000 and obtained ISO 9001:2008 in 2009. This means that management and administration are supervised yearly and follow ISO 9001 standards.
 
In April 2009 Air Turquoise SA became an official LBA approved test house for type-inspection of aerial sports equipments according to German airlaw.  Air Turquoise SA can thus test and certify paraglider equipment worldwide after the EN standard and for Germany according to LTF (2. DV LuftGerPV ).
 
Since 2010 Air Turquoise SA have two representatives in CEN / TC 136 / WG 6.
 
Germany eventually changed the rules for test house supervision, Air Turquoise SA then additionaly had to obtain the ISO 17020. This happened in 2015.
 
In 2016 we celebrated 10 years with EN standards.
 

Today

2.5 employees work at the office. Test pilots are working on a freelance basis and they come to Air Turquoise for flight tests. We have tested over 1500 gliders according to the EN standard in all categories (A, B, C and D) and we are convinced this standard works well. We still need to develop the standard in WG6 for paraglider, harnesses and emergency parachutes, the working group thus still exists in CEN.

For us it is important to be open and transparent about certification and the way we are working. We work hard to satisfy all parties and we are always improving our performance.

Air Turquoise SA is certifying paraglider equipments according to:
EN 926-1:2015 - Paraglider load test
EN 926-2:2013 - Paraglider flight test
EN 12491:2015 - Emergency Parachutes (rescue)
EN 1651:1999 and EN 1651:2018 - Harness
LTF NFL II-91/09
 
We are also certifying kite sercurity systems after the AFNOR standard S52-503