Belgian-wings.be : Special Feature McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer Datafile

Posted: 24 May 2011 04:13 AM PDT

McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer

Twin engine eight seat police helicopter

  After the withdrawal of its Aerospatiale SA330 Puma helicopters, the Air Support Unit of the Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie (now Federale Politie/Police Federale) had a requirement for a twin-engined medium sized helicopter (twin-engined as the aircraft should also be able to operate safely urban areas). The aircraft had to be equipped with special observation equipment and cleared for night operations.
The aircraft selected was the McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer equipped with a NOTAR or 'NO TAil Rotor' system. The NOTAR replaces the classic rear propellor by an aerodynamic system in which air pressure is guided through the tail-boom to a nozzle which can guide the helicopter in the desired direction. One of the added bonuses of the system is that the NOTAR equipped machines are very silent. In 1997 two Explorers joined the then Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie followd by two more machine in 2001 en 2010.


SBAP site update on 22-05-2011: more pictures of Solar impulse

Posted: 24 May 2011 03:57 AM PDT

Text Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Serge Van Heertum & Guy Liesse © sbap 2011
Since the first little flight in December 2009 with Andre Borschberg as pilot, the HB-SIA has conducted hundreds test flights.
This program is planned to promote a new way in energy saving and renewable alternatives energy. This is the main goal of Bertrand Piccard and his team.
After a long series of test flights in Switzerland, the experimental aircraft started a European tour. First Step Brussels Brussels Airport on May 13th (a lucky Friday for the team). This international trip of Solar Impulse is sponsored by the European Commission and the plane will be the special guest of Paris Air Show, which for a century, is a hight point of the aviation history. During Paris Airshow, the Solar impulse is planned in the demonstration flying program.
A "window" in the weather allowed the flight between Payernne and Brussels. At 08:40 am the Solar Impulse took off from the Swiss airfield and after a flight above, Swiss, East of France, Germany, Luxemboug and Belgium, the plane landed at Brussels Airport at 09:40 pm after 13 flight hours. This historic flight could be followed in real time via the net and at some moment of the flight the registered ground speed was 37 km/hour...Amazing. The flight was followed by a special control center in Payernne and another one located in Brussels.


SBAP site update on 22-05-2011: Events : Mid-air collision in Koksijde

Posted: 24 May 2011 03:54 AM PDT

Text & Pictures : Marc Arys © sbap 2011
During the F-16 solodisplay routine the aircraft collided with a civilian aircraft, which happened to have entered the airfield zone.
Both aircraft crashed onto the airfield, the F-16 into a parking lot.
The pilot of the F-16 ejected, but was seriously injured.
The occupants of the civilian aircraft also sufferd multiple injuries. Other victims, with one deceased person, were to deplore in cars hit by the crashing F-16 into the parking lot.
Military emergency services were rapildy on the scene and together with the civilian services, called upon, organised the rescue of the victims.
A VMP (Vooruitgeschoven Medische Post – Forward Medical Post) was installed and the 'GMP' (Gemeentelijk Rampenplan – Community 'Disaster' Plan) was issued.

SBAP site update on 22-05-2011 : News : 7000 flight hours MD900

Posted: 24 May 2011 03:51 AM PDT

Text and pictures : Marc Arys ©SBAP 2011

7000 hours with the Air Support Unit of the Belgian Federal Police

Helicopter MD900 – s/n 900-00034 made its production certification flight on April 15, 1996, at the MD production plant in Mesa, Arizona.
On January 06, 1997 the helicopter was flown to Helidyne at Forth Worth, Texas, for further certification of the various flight systems.
00034 was then disassembled and shipped to Belgium where it was reassembled and testflown on January, 20, 1997.
The helicopter was delivered to the Air Support Unit of the Belgian Federal Police (former Gendarmerie – Rijkswacht) and was immatriculated G-10.
After 15 years of dedicated service and 7000 hours, the G-10 now entered its 'midlife upgrade' were he will be upgraded to MD902 standards.

SBAP site update on 22-05-2011 : Events : Cambrai-Niergnies airshow

Posted: 24 May 2011 03:47 AM PDT

Text : Serge Van Heertum     
Pictures : Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin © sbap 2011
The well known Tigermeet was held this year at Cambrai-Epinois air base. This was the very last time that this base, situated in the North of France,  was the home of the Tigers.  As a matter of fact this base will soon close it's doors definitely and an important page of the French military history will be turned. For this special  occasion the event was underlined  with the organisation of a great airshow.  For practical and logistic reasons this airshow was held on another airfield situated at Cambrai-Niergnies. Thus it became a combined organisation between the French Air Force and the local "Louis Blériot" aeroclub....

Video Mons Télévision - 06/03/2009 - Saint-Ghislain : Plein Ciel : une aviatrice qui défie le temps

Posted: 24 May 2011 03:42 AM PDT

Thx Gaston de mol


Dimanche, ce sera la journée internationale de la femme. Plusieurs d'entre nous serons mises à l'honneur à cette occasion. C'est le cas de Christiane Devleminck. Turi Finocchiaro et Nathalie Rossetti se sont intéressés à elle. Ils ont réalisé un film qui lui est dédié. Pourquoi ? Et bien parce qu'à l'aube de ses quatre-vingt ans, cette femme continue à transmet encore avec joie sa passion pour l'aviation. Elle reste l'unique femme au monde à avoir plus de 55.000 heures de vol.  
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