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  • Beauvechain Air Base ceremony
    his superior officer formation After this graduation he returns to the comet squadron as an operation officer End of 1991 he is promoted to the rank of Major and makes a mutation to the planning division of the head quarter In 1993 he went back to the ISRD and obtains his Headquarter graduation in June 1994 After a conversion to Instructor Pilot on Alpha Jet he became Commanding Officer of the 11th Squadron based at Brustem between October 1994 and October 1996 At the end of 1996 he became project officer Operational computing at Brussels headquarter In March 1998 he is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and in October 1998 he returns as military professor at ISRD and is also responsible of the air section of the Royal Military School In 2001 he became flying group commander of the 1st Wing of Beauvechain In September 2003 the Lt Col return to the Royal Military School as teacher for the pilots and air controllers He became Colonel in December 2005 In December 2006 he became director of the Air Competence Center of Beauvechain and in May 2007 became also base commander of the 1st Wing On September 2010 he left the 1st Wing and obtained the rank of Brigade General He will take over the function of Deputy Director in the European Air Group based at High Wycomb in the UK Brigade General AVI Patrice Laurent Ir Born in 1960 Robert Brecx starts his studies at the Royal Military school in August 1979 and is integrated in the 134 Polytechnical promotion His officer formation completed he starts his helicopter pilot training in 1984 Graduated in October 1986 he joins the 18th Squadron LtAvn based at Merzbrück not far way of Aachen During 2 years as a pilot in the 18th Squadron he also becomes cultural officer transmission officer and branche 2 officer From 1995 till 1998 he is attached to the Headquarters of the multinational Division Central Airmobile MND C from the NATO located at Rheindahlen in Germany His function there is headquarter officer for the anti tanks helicopters After his staff function he moves to the Light Aviation School in August 1998 where he re opens the study office In December 2001 he became Lieutenant Colonel and mid 2002 he is taking the function of 17th anti tank squadron commander In March 2004 when the light aviation is reorganised in Wing Heli of the Air Component Lt Col Brecx became OSN Superior Flying Officer In September 2004 he his affected to the Headquarter in Brussels as responsible for the Belgian Defense helicopter fleet In June 2008 after his Colonel promotion he takes the function of commanding officer of the Wing Heli in Bierset This funtion was held till the disbanding of the unit and the integration in the 1st Wing And finally on September 09 th of this year he takes over the function of base commander of the 1st Wing in Beauvechain Colonel AVI Robert Brecx Ir

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  • Bierset Wing Héli
    is able to make new pieces themselves except the ones in composite material This is handled by the technical school of Saafranberg Towed out to purge all liquids Agusta undergoing major inspection All elements are inspected electrical mechanical hydraulic The dashboard completely disassembled And this one partialy Engine inspection All is done at Bierset behalve the new composite elements Detail of the main rotor Tail rotor shaft Blades rack Allison 250 C20B engine waiting to be mounted The 2400 hours inspection can take four to five month s After inspection ready to get back to the flight line Intervention hangar Replacement of engine seals Some difficult access panels 300 hrs inspection Engine installation The H42 also ready for ground test A MEDEVAC version The appron at maintenace building for the run up test The maintenance apron is situated at the entry of Bierset Air Base Special towing engine for the Agusta Fire brigade The fire fighters of Bierset are equipped with different kinds of trucks and vans The most important and best adapted to the helicopter recovery is the Sides The truck is equipped with water and foam These can be used separately or in combination in function of the necessity The spray distance is 30 meters This vehicle is also equipped with a compressor and lifting cushions the biggest one can lift around 10 ton s oxygen reserve extrication equipment The fire brigade has also a special van for chemical intervention to neutralise the F 16 hydrazine for example These men are the key point of security during the flight operations Mercedes truck Sides truck the most appropriatefor helicopter crash Fully equiped for all kind of situation and specialy adapted for helicopter interventions Flight simulator and Tactical trainer In a special building the big flight simulator is installed This simulator of around 15 ton is a must for the crew training This simulator is mainly used to train the crew in case of special situations During a flight 500 kind of failures can be simulated The simulator is also used for navigation training of flights with night vision goggles NVG Each pilot will do 4 courses of 4 hours during a calendar year at left seat and also at the right seat of the cockpit each pilot should be able to take every function The flight simulator is not only used by the Belgian crews to assure the profitability courses are also organised for foreign Agusta users like the British Army pilots when they brought Argentinian Agustas after the Falklands war Just near this 15 ton giant we could find a link trainer used in the seventies to train the Alouette II crew This link trainer seems so little near his big brother Just near the simulator is another space where we could find the BA ² T ² Belgian Army Aviation Tactical Trainer This is a trainer especially programmed for the tactical aspect of a mission like the different situations that a pilot can encounter on the battlefront

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  • Belgian Air Cadets 2010
    two week session pilots meteorologists and instructors will teach the basic concepts of flight At the end of the period the candidate is tested via a multiple choice exam If the theory of flight is fully understood the candidate is ready to step into the cockpit The first flight is held during the summer camp July or August During a period of three weeks the candidate will be prepared for his first solo flight This is a unique experience in a pilot s life An important step because at this moment the young pilot is called flight cadet This is confirmed at the official wing ceremony generally held in September or October The second year Flight Cadet Performance During the second year the cadet will participate in a one week flight camp during the Easter holidays and also during the weekends from May June and September Just like the previous year the cadet will enjoy a summer camp of two weeks The goal of the second year is performance learn to fly newer and more advanced glider aircraft In addition the Air Cadet will be encouraged to obtain qualifications recognised by the Fédération Aéronautique International FAI The third year senior cadet Precision and IACE The third year the Air Cadet can continue to participate in flight weekends and summer camps However the best 25 cadets are selected to represent Belgium during the two weeks of the International Air Cadet Exchange IACE The career of a flight cadet ends when reaching the age of 19 but some cadets who are remarked for their outstanding flying skills are allowed to stay until the age of 21 but most of the time such Air Cadets are already following an aviation career as airliner pilot or military pilot Interested to be a glider pilot

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  • Bellarus experience !
    parachutists acrobatic figures helicopter slalom navigation and so on Next to the military school and sport activities the base is also taking part in tasks like forest fire protection and aerial checks of gas and oil pipelines Vitebck Airfield buildings the aeroclub and the control tower Military baraquement used by the Belarus special forces during their training at Vitebck After leaving the car at the entrance we went further on foot and soon encountered at the edge of the airbase a place where old Antonov AN 2 biplanes were waiting to be saved from decay or to serve for spare parts of the still active AN 2 used at the airfield Next to the Antonov s a double row of mothballed Mil Mi 2 helicopters More about this choppers later First the Antonov AN 2 the biggest biplane and still operational for different purposes all around the world A Mil Mi2 with the special docking for the maintenace 07 white still wearing the red star of Russian Air Force Many helicopter wrecks The guardian after testing I can tell that he did his work perfectly Tasting the AN 2 solidity All the wrecks awaiting a possible new life The Antonov AN 2 Nato codename Colt was designed on demand of the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture The task was given to Antonov OKB the then recently formed aviation construction company The company was founded by Oleg Antonov Oleg Antonow was born in February 1906 and was fascinated from childhood about aviation All his free time was spent at the local airfield and at the age of merely 17 he founded his own flight club and started designing glider planes His first model already won a competition of glider planes held in Moscow In 1930 he graduated from Polytechnical Institute at Leningrad and was appointed to be the chief designer of the Moscow Glider Factory The company had to close though after an incident with a glider that was used by a person to defect to the West Oleg continued working as chief designer with Yakovlev Two years later in 1940 authorities founded a new factory in his name and during the war Oleg occupied himself with improving the then nr one Russian fighter plane Yak After the war he became the head of Antonov factory and produced a wide range of aircraft Then in 1947 on demand of the government he designed the SH1 agricultural aircraft that was renamed Antonov AN2 After testing the prototype production of the plane started in 1949 It was in the post war period and while the military air forces in the west were successfully introducing the first jet propulsion fighters and bombers the Soviet Union came out with a fabric wing and fuselage biplane They thought this plane could not be taken seriously and nobody at that time believed or could have foreseen what great future the AN 2 was awaiting Oleg kept on being busy in aviation industry upon his death in a car

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  • Schaffen Old Timer Fly In
    participant s landed on EBDT airfield but less as usual due to the bad weather pre diction This was also the case on Sunday and in the early afternoon most of the visitors had already left Schaffen This fly in is a must stay in Belgium and in Europe so let s hope that the 2011 edition will be sunnier and will attempt the record of 1997 with 449 airplanes on the site Modern flying machines where also present After the heavy rain of the friday evening terrain was little bit wet Focus on the old timer and unusual airplane Fieseler FI 156 Storch D EVDB c n 2042 Stinson V 77 Reliant N1943S c n77 463 Miles M38 Messenger G AJWB c n 6699 Miles M3A Falcon G AEEG c n 216 Saab 91D Safir PH RLA c n 91367 Cessna 208 Grand Caravan OO JEE c n 208B079 Piper PA 22 160 Tripacer D EDCH c n 22 7419 Luscombe 8F Silvaire N9945C c n S 49 Great Lakes 2T 1A 2 PH GLT c n 6710J 342 Boeing B75N1 Stearman N56200 c n 75 7813 Slingsby Firefly T67M G BXKW HKG 13 c n 2061 Christen A 1 Husky D EZAR c n 358 Piper PA 16 Clipper N5360H c n 16 167 Focke Wulf Piaggio FWP149D OO VHM c n 026 Mooney M20C D EDDN c n 2595 Mooney M20D Master D EHVY c n 165 Tipsy Nipper just after restauration without any markings Tipsy T 66S Nipper Mk III OO MLD c n 73 Auster AOP 9 G BKVK WZ662 c n AUS 10 2 Auster AOP 6 G ARNO VX113 c n 3722 Bolcköw Bo 207 I ARAM c n 243 Bellanca Aeronca 7AC Champion OO MDM c n 3623 Cessna 185 Skywagon PH DUK c n 185 0046 unusual ampibian aircraft on the green grass of Schaffen De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk 21 G AMUF c n C1 0832 De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk 22 G AOJR c n C1 0205 De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk 22 G BWTG WB671 c n C1 0119 De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk 22 G BCPU c n C1 0839 De Havilland Canada DHC 1 Chipmunk 22 D EPAK WD388 c n C1 0328 De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth D EKIF R 5216 c n 83091 De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth N929S but paint as the G ACDR c n T6558 De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth G AJHS c n 82121 Back to the golden years of aviation Piper Cub and Super Cub Piper PA 18 95 Super Cub N298SQ c n 18 1586 Piper PA 18 95 Super Cub D ELQY c n 18 3083 Piper PA 18 95 Super Cub OO SPJ c n 18 1547 Piper PA 18 95 Super Cub OO LOT c n 18 3218 Piper J3C 65 Cub OO CEK c n

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  • beauvechain 2010
    their best to provide a good a irshow For example the comments during the demonstration provided by Chris Christiaens and Christian Bultot or the drivers who assured the needed transportation even with such high temperature s registered that weekend And there are many other examples like the team that brought water to the spotters left in the sun without any facilities on Friday But SBAP s goal for this weekend was to give an objective account of the flying displays during these two days And here at the redaction we are sure that mistakes of the past are the best way to learn for the future Saturday the show suffered from bad weather conditions and heavy rain most of the visitor s cho se to visit one of the different stand and other expositions The most important event on Saturday was probably the opportunity to meet our spaceman the General de Brigade Frank de Winne and get an autograph from our national hero On Sunday the sun was back and the airshow could be held in optimal conditions The flying display was a mix of old aircraft spectacular jet solo display s and aerobatic teams Sadly some of the announced team s Orlik Baltic Bees Aguila didn t came to Beauvechain as planned due to technical or administrative reasons The headline of the airshow was the start of the Belgian presidency of the European council To underline this event the F 16AM FA100 had a special tail marking and the official opening of the the Airshow was made by four Belgian Alpha Jet s with b lue and yellow smoke colours of the European flag Some of the displays were very special like a wonderful Douglas DC 6B from the Red Bull collection the rare Saab 105Ö from Austria with

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  • National Day 2010
    followed by the spare Take off of the lead aircraft at 15 40 sharp followed by the other aircraft at 10 seconds interval 15 40 Smoke 11 cleared for take off Our route was going to take us via the northern path heading out through Hei s t op den Berg During the first navigation leg the smokesystems were tested A bit later our formation turned left towards the Sint Niklaas area and here we met the F 16 s from Florennes and Kleine Brogel Abeam Sint Niklaas we turned south towards Gent and rapidly we passed the C 130 s the Embraer and the Airbus A330 this latter participating for the first time to the fly past On the last leg we lined up on the final heading taking us over Aalst This is the key point were all the aircraft formations have to fly over and ready themselves for the flight overhead Brussels i e correct formation and planned height Our navigation was done at 900 ft and after passing the Siai Marchetti formation we descended to 700 ft The Alpha Jet formation was as usual the first to fly over the Royal Palace at 16 16 local time and opened the air parade smoking the national colours It was a wonderfull sensation to make a pass above 100 000 spectator showing the Belgian colours in a perfect formation Mission accomplished flight back to Beauvechain airbase for an arrow formation pass Luckily for us as our flight lasted a little bit longer we had to hold in the vicinity of Schaffen awaiting the clearance for our pass overhead Beauvechain because the aircraft participating in the fly past also flew over Beauvechain Once the area cleared we headed towards the airbase and made a final smoke pass in a slight left turn this smoke pass also allowed the smoketanks to be emptied before landing Then on to echelon left break right hand downwind runway 22 base leg coming in on final and landing in all our flight lasted about one hour in this fantastic training aircraft Back on the apron getting out of the planes and congratulations between the pilots crew chiefs and backseaters But is was not over yet All backseaters were to gather in the middle of the apron to get the traditional shower from the firebrigade Do also have a look at the report on the BAHA site 21st of July air parade It was in one word a splendid and incredible day and therefore we would like to thank Mister Pieter De Crem Minister of Defence for granted us this flight Kol Avi Peter Patja Stams CO of Comopsair IPR for his support Comopsair IPR team for the follow up and their usual kindness Cdt Avi Etienne Cux Culot leader and all our pilots Belgian and French The line and crew chiefs for their help and safety briefing The Medical and Survival unit for their precious help Safety briefing with the crew chiefs Vincent Pécriaux

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  • Eeklo 2010
    is turned into a typical Belgian fair with performances of famous national singers and ofcourse the necessarry opportunities to strenghten the innerside with food and beer Then when finally the evening has arrived and the wind lays down again the balloons go up in a nice display of shapes and colors Sunday before the preparations started for the ballons to be filled with hot air the people were treated with a short display of the plane demo team The Victors This demonstration team started it s activities in 2004 with homebase the aeroclub of Ursel The planes they fly in are Piper PA28 161 Cadet and Piper 28 161 Warrior III They gave a nice display to the public and showed the beauty of close formation flying They were present on other big airmeetings military and civil and about to become a big name as demo team The Victor s from Ursel airfield After The Victors left it was time for the different balloonteams to spread out over the big sportfield and start the preparations to get airborne The weatherclearance was given and traditionally both on Saturday and Sundayevening a ballon fox hunt competition was held In this game one balloon takes of some 5 to 10 minutes before the rest This balloon is called the hare or the fox A bit later all other ballons take of and they represent the hounds or hunters The hare has to land somewhere and put a big fabric X shaped cross on the ground The hounds are chasing and have to throw their markers as close as possible to the center of the X The winner ofcourse is presented a price So one by one the balloons were filled with hot air and took off to fill the air above Eeklo with

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