Rene Fournier was a ceramist by trade, and started off as a homebuilder with a design he called the RF-01 Avion-Planeur (airplane-glider). The RF.01 was a single-seat light aircraft/powered sailplane with modified Volkswagen engine, first flown July 6,1960. Government assistance for development of improved RF-2, with 34 hp Rectimo-VW engine, subsequently produced by Alpavia as RF-3, with slightly uprated engine, first flown March 1963. M. Fournier designed a series of light aircraft of similar configuration for Sportavia-Putzer and Indraero.
Avions Fournier SA was succeeded in the spring of 1978 by Fournier Aviation, formed by the marine equipment specialist Rene Caillet of Paris, and M Fournier acting as consultant to this firm.
Established subsequently Avions Fournier to develop revised version of his RF-6 Sportsman, designated RF-6B; first flown March 12, 1974. Produced RF-9 motorglider 1982.