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Sanicole Airshow On Sunday 20 September 2015 the Aeroclub Sanicole organizes their annual
Sanicole International Airshow.
Expected performers are : F16, Agusta A.109 and the Red Devils from the Belgian
A.F. The Canadian Skyhawks parachute team. A French Rafale jet and the Italian
Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team. A Mig 29 and a Sukhoi Su 22 from the Polish A.F.
A second aerobatic team will be the Patrouille Swiss with their Northrop F.5E
fighters Oldtimers flying during the
airshow are a PBY 5 Catalina and the Spitfire Mk.IX and B.25 Mitchell from the
Dutch Historic Flight. Also the Breitling Lockheed L.1049 Constellation will be
present as well as the Douglas DC.3 from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Civil performers will include O’Briens Flying Circus and the Raven Team with 5
Vans aircraft from the U.K. and U.S. aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton.
New landingprocedures for Antwerp airport Starting
in December, aircraft will be able to land using sattelite data. Pilots will
then be allowed to make Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches.This
procedure optimalises the navigation and has positive effect on the environment.
Bolgocontrol will introduce this system on Belgium's other four airports in
Start of the Antwerp-Ibiza schedule As
from today Jetairfly will fly twice weekly (Friday and Sunday) from Antwerp to
Antonov An-2 for Pairi Daiza
Pairi Daiza announced that they will operate a 30 year old Antonov 2. The
aircraft has been nicknamed "Eagle Eye" and is painted after a design by
designer Jean-François Charles. Its first Belgian appearance will be at Ursel
Avia on June 27/28th.
Emirates Airbus A.380 at Brussels Airport On
Friday 18th September 2015 Emirates will operate the Brussels to
Dubai service with an Airbus A.380 aircraft. On this one-off flight with the
A.380 economy return fares are available at the special price of 380 Euros !!
This price also allows you to fly on to Emirates destinations further than
Dubai. The aircraft will arrive at
Brussels airport at 13.15hrs local time and depart around 18.00hrs. (br)
New parking space and luggage belt Parking P2 in front of the airportbuidling has been reorganised and is now in use.
At present parking is still free of charge but will be payable by the end of the
Parking P3 will remain free of charge till October 1st. There is a free shutlle
between P3 and the airport building.
In the meantime, a new luggage belt for arriving passengers has been installed
and taken into use. (db)
U.S. immigration at Brussels Airport ? If
everything goes well passengers will be able to pass U.S. immigration checks at
Brussels Airport before boarding their flight to the U.S. in 2018. Together with
nine other airports Brussels Airport will participate in the U.S. Pre-clearance
program. When operational, this service
will result in an important time saving when travelling to the U.S.A. It will
also be an important issue in the competition between the major European
Direct flight Brussels-Japan
Nippon Airways has today announced that they will start regular services between
Brussels Airport and Japan. Services will start oin October 25th, 2015.
Lindsky is now CAMO+
grants us the Part M Subpart G+I qualification and gives us the possibility to
perform more continuous airworthiness related tasks such as a full airworthiness
review and the issuance of a new EASA Form 15 (Airworthiness review
certificate).Our controlled environment is certified to accept your EASA annex 1
aircraft (up to MTOW 5.700kg) into our CAMO and manage it for you.
The task of a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO and CAMO+)
is keeping aircraft airworthy. Cooperation with CAMO is an EASA (European
Aviation Safety Agency) requirement that also ensures the highest safety
standards for aircraft owners and operators. (wvb)
Aviation of Dubai opens a Belgian office.
Palm aviation is a global flight support company with headquarters in Dubai.
They support their customers with international flights. Palm arranges certain
tasks such as fuelling, FBO reservations and authorisations for landings and
take-offs. Some weeks ago the
company opened a new office in the Lange Lozannastraat 266, 2018 Antwerpen.
Europe is important for the company. It has not only the second largest section
of activity for business aviation but also a lot of visiting traffic from North
America and the Middle East.
Flying Group acquires Jet Management Europe bv
At EBACE 2015 in Geneva, Flying Group announced today that it is taking over the
Dutch company Jet Management Europe (JME) bv as well as their Dutch Air
Operators Certificate (AOC).
JME was founded 15 years ago and is a pioneer in aircraft management solutions.
The two founders of the company will remain active within Flying Group
With is take-over Flying Group will also add an additional Falcon 7X to their
fleet which will now include 6 Falcon 7X aircraft. (br)
Matthieu Dardenne named as one to the Top 10 leaders in aviation At EBACE 2015 at Geneva, 31 year
old Matthieu Dardenne was named as one of the TP 10 leaders in Aviation today.
Dardenne is co-founder and CEO of Take Air, the first all-you-can-fly membership
airlines in Europe. Take Air started
scheduled operations earlier this month from Antwerp Airport. Using a Beech 200
they offer an Antwerp to Zurich service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Guido Van den Eede has passed away
We have just received the sad news that our good friend and lifelong ASA-member
Guido Van den Eede has passed away last Thursday.
Guido became 73 years old last Sunday.
We wish you blue skies mate.
New Jetair destinations Jetair
started its operations at Antwerp Airport. Early today the airport was already
busy with the reception of the first passengers. Thre ne destinations were
opened today : Malaga, Barcelona and Milan. Tomorrow Berlin and Allicante will
see their first scheduled services out of and to Antwerp.
All departing passengers got a cup cake and a glass of Cava or fruitjuice.
Arriving passengers were presented with a special edition of Duvel, the famous
local Belgian beer.
Ostend airport saw the
first Jetair flight to Barcelona.
Wizz-Air starts additional service from Brussels South
on September 14th low-cost carrier Wizz-Air will start a
regular service from Brussels South Airport to Lublin in Poland. Flights will be
available on Monday and Friday. Wizz-Air is already a major operator at Brussels
STYL Aviation integrated in Lindsky Group
based STYL aviation has been integrated in the Lindsky Group. This combined
group permits to cover all aspects related to aviation services.
VLM Publicity on Antwerp tramways
VLM is making publicity for its new routes on trams in Antwerp town.
Brussels Airlines and Tintin An A320 of Brussels Airlines with a special livery inspired by the Tintin comic book “Red Rackham’s treasure”
has landed today at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The livery was unveiled at the
airlines’ Brussels Airport home base in Belgium. The aircraft is named “Rackham”
after one of Tintin’s most popular adventures. The unique livery represents a great black shark, based on the shark shaped submarine
invented by popular character Professeur Tournesol in the comic.
The painting was carried
out by aircraft paint artist Andre Eisele in Ostrava, Czech Republic and took
1,500 man hours in total. The special livery will remain until 2019.
Lambert Aviation Mission M.108 received full Permit to Fly
Following an eight-month test program conducted by the UK Light Aircraft
Association (L.A.A.) the Lambert Mission M.108 received a Permit to fly and was
added to the list of approved aircraft designs. Homebuilders are now allowed to
contruct and fly this type in the U.K. Since early 2014 the L.A.A. does not
longer support U.K. registered aircraft that are based outside the U.K. but flew
on an L.A.A. Permit to Fly. Lambert Aircraft is based at Kortrijk/Wevelgem
The first aircraft
was constructed by Steve Kember who will fly this new airplane from a strip in
East Sussex. More info on
Hotel for horses at Liège Airport The
building of a "hotel" for horses at Liège airport will start this summer. The
airport is specialised in the transport of race-horses. The value of these
animals is exhorbitant and they need the best of treatment. The hotel will have
place for 60 animals and must be ready by the beginning of 2016 just before the
Olympic Games in Rio. (jmh)
VLM starts scheduled service from Antwerp and Rotterdan VLM announced the start
in april of a scheduled Antwerp/Hamburg and
They will be flown twice daily according to the following timing. There are no
flights during the weekend.
The website is open for bookings on both destinations
07:05-08:35 ANR-HAM VG161
09:05-10:35 HAM-ANR VG162
18:30-20.00 ANR-HAM VG163
20:30-22:00 HAM-ANR VG164
07:30-08:55 RTM-HAM VG251
09:20-10:50 HAM-RTM VG252
18:30-19:50 RTM-HAM VG257
20:20-21:40 HAM-RTM VG258 (br)
Liège and Ebola
than 100 aircrafts took off from Liege Airport to help in the fight against
Since October 2014, 111 wide-body aircraft carrying an average of 90 tonnes of
humanitarian supplies, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals have flown from
Liege’s global cargo hub to help in the fight against Ebola (EVD) in West
Operators have included: Ethiopian Airlines, ANA Aviation, Global Africa Cargo,
Air Cargo Global, Western Global Airlines, and many others. The operations are
commissioned by leading humanitarian organizations & NGOs including MSF, the Red
Cross, UNICEF, WHO and WFP, and the UN.
Most supplies left for Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia or transited through
airports like Abuja, Bamako and Lagos. (db)
New investments by DHL Brussels
Airport consolidates its position as logistics hub.
Over the last 10 years, Brucargo – the cargo site of Brussels Airport – has
developed into an essential lifeline for logistics in Belgium, making Brussels
Airport the second logistics centre in Belgium after the port of Antwerp and
consolidating its position as European hub for cargo transport by air and by
road. Brussels Airport and its partners invest a total amount of 150 million
euros in the DHL project.
DHL, which combines air transport and road transport, invests 114 million euros
in this important project and serves an increasing number of direct
destinations. The future activities of DHL resulting from this new development,
will be carried out during the day and will have no impact on the number of
night flights. They will be operated with a modern fleet and high-tech
warehousing and infrastructure. (db)
Flying Group News
based Flyinbg Group has opened a commercial office in Brussel and is now
offering all their products in partnership with Aviapartner at the new business
The company also
introduces Flying Smart, a complete independent scheme which enables the company
to offer the new generation of single engine turboprops such as the Pilatuys
PC.12, Socata TBM and Piper Meridian.(wvb)
Hugo Teugels deceased
It is with sadness that we
have to announce the death of our good friend and ASA-board member : Hugo
This death is so sudden as Hugo was in good health and there was no reason to
suspect such a tragic event.
Only yesterday afternoon we have been planning spotting trips to the UK and
other countries.... and had a lot of jokes about it.
Via this way, we want to
send Hugo's family and friends our condolences and hope they will find the strength they'll
need to cope with this tragic event.
For the Board,
2nd most punctual airport The
OAG has issued a report on the world's airports. In the category of airports
with less than 10 million passengers, BSCA has been voted second best, with
first place going to Bristol Airport (UK) and beating Berlin Schönefeld (DE).
During 2014 93,1% of the flights at BSCA left on time. (db)
Number of passengers to an all time low The
number of passengers using Antwerp airport has slunk to its lowest figure in the
last 12 years. Slightly more than 121.000 people used the airport during 2014.
Scheduled flights lost a good 20.000 passengers. This is mainly due to the
cancellation of some flights.
2015 should see a revival with the coming of Jatair in April and some new
destinations that will be flown by VLM Airlines. (db)
New sheduled service to Birmingham VLM
has announced that they will start with a scheduled service between Antwerp and
Birmingham. The new connection will start on October 5th, and will be flown 3
Tickets will be offered at 49 eur (one way).
Airspace over Brussels closed
announced today that on July 21st (4:10 pm - 4:32pm), the airspace over Brussels
will be closed due to the National Parade. Due to exercises the airspace will
also and be closed on 17/7 and 20/7 between 3:10pm and 3:32pm. During
these periods there will be no incoming nor outgoing traffic on Brussels
Number of passengers on the rise During
the first six months of 2015, more than 90.000 passengers used Antwerp Airport.
This is a rise of 55,8% compared to the same period in 2014. In June we counted
23.829 passengers the highest number since November 2001.
New destination for Ostend-Bruges
will open a new scheduled flight between Ostend-bruges and Rome's Leonardo de
Vinci airport on 29/10/2105. The service will be flown three times weekly. This
is the 6th winter destination out of Ostend-Bruges.
New destination for Antwerp Airport
has announced that they will start flying between Antwerp and Rome Fiumicino
during the winterperiod. During wintermonths there will be 5 destinations out of
ANtwerp : Alicante, Malaga, Berlin, Barcelona and Rome.
Airport partly unreachable on July 6th On
July 6th, the 3rd leg of the Tour de France will start from Antwerp city.
Between 10:45am and 1:30pm the airport will not be reachable via the
Diksmuidelaan nor the Vosstraat, as the Tour will pass via Berchem station and
the Gitschotelei towards Boechout
On the 17th of June, at the Paris Air Show, NHI President Vincent Dubrule handed
over an IOC (Initial Operational Capability) certificate to Colonel
Dejaeger for the 4 Belgian NH90 MTH's helicopters. IOC for the 4 NH90 NFH (Nato
Frigate Helicopters) is to follow. (EN)
(Copyright Eric Nuyens)
Additional flights to China
the introduction of the succesfull flights to Shenyang, Tianjin and Xian from
Liège airport, U-Tour is now planning additional charter flights to Nankin,
Kunling and Changsha via Moscow. Flights will arrive on Wednesday, Friday and
Ostend-Bruges rise in passengers
30.717 passengers passed through Ostend-Bruges Airport during May 2015. This is
an increase with 17,7% compared to 2014. The new Barcelona connection and
increase of the frequencies on other Jetairfly services account for these
Freightnumbers are down with 43,9% compared with last year, but are on the rise
again since February 2015. (db)
New connection Antwerp-Jersey Thanks
to a codeshare agreement between CityJet and Blue Islands, passengers from
Antwerp Airport will be able to connect to the London City - Jersey flights
during the summer period.
ANR-JER 07:00 10:30 MON-FRI
ANR-JER 07:50 10:30 MON-WED
ANR-JER 18:00 20:20 MON-FRI
JER-ANR 13:00 17:25 MON-FRI
JER-ANR 17:25 21:40 SUN
Important increase in passengers During
May 2015, more than 23.000 passengers passed through Antwerp Airport. This is
the highest number per month for 10 years and an increase of 96,8% against May
VLM flights from Liège cancelled Only
one month after the launch of flights out of Liège, VLM is cancelling these
scheduled services. The number of passengers was lower than expected and future
bookings did not announce a change.
Brussels South Charleroi-Debrecen BSCA
will be connected with Debrecen (Hungary) as from Decenber 18th, 2015. Service
will be flown by Wizz Air.
Additional Pilatus PC.12 for EAPC Gosselies based European Aircraft Private Club (EAPC)
signed a letter of intent for the delivery of an additional Pilatus PC.12 at
Geneva yesterday. The aircraft will be delivered via RUAG, the Pilatus dealer
for Western Europe and North Africa. EAPC offers a 24/7 business travel service
to its members flying Pilatus PC.12 and Extra EA.500 aircraft. (br)
Hondajet visit to Belgium (and Antwerpen) cancelled
As part of their European demo-tour Hondajet announced some weeks ago that they
new business jet would visit Antwerp Airport
Very recently they announced that this visit was cancelled. It was scheduled for
Monday 25 May but this is a holiday in Belgium. Marshalls of Cambridge, the
Honda presentative for Western Europe, including Belgium, decided to add another
day to the demo-tour in the U.K. (br)
Vanhaelemeesch - CCO of Jetairfly has been nominated "Man of the Year 2014"
by the members of the Aviation Press Club.
No Niki flights from Bratislava Earlier
this year Austrian carrier Niki announced low-cost flight from Bratislava to
Brussels. Initially the start of this service was delayed. Now Niki announced
the decision not the start this new service. A reason was not given, but
competitor Ryanair recently opened a new base at Bratislava.
New parking at Antwerp Airport Antwerp
Airport has signed an agreement with Besix Park, member of the Besix Group, for
the design, realisation, financing and exploitation of the new parking space.
Works have stated on parking P3, the access drive close to the railway and the
implementation of a roundabout. A free shuttle will ferry passengers between the
new parking and the airport building.
By the end of the year, parking at Antwerp Airport will no longer be free of
Connector building opened by King Filip Today
Brussels Airport Company, in the presence of His Majesty the King, officially
opened the Connector building. Brussels Airport built Connector, a 75
million-euro investment, to increase passenger comfort. The building links the
terminal above-ground to the two piers so passengers need less time to go from
the check-in to their boarding gate. Henceforth, passengers can wait to board
their plane in an open and airy building that besides a spectacular tarmac view
offers a contemporary mix of shops and restaurants. Connector will be open to
the passengers as of Thursday 26 March. (db)
to open Antwerp-Ibiza operations
Jetairfly announced that they will also be flying Antwerp-Ibiza during July and
August. Flights have been scheduled on Fridays and Sundays. (db)
Antwerp-Southampton to start in April Southampton
Airport and Belgian operator VLM Airlines will be launching daily scheduled
flights each weekday between Southampton (England), Antwerp (Belgium) and
Hamburg (Germany) from Thursday April 23.
VLM Airlines joins the airport at a time of growth, with Southampton Airport
reporting passenger numbers as 21% up in February 2015 versus 2014.
Flights between Southampton and Hamburg will be linked via a stopover in
Antwerp. The Belgian city is home to the second largest port in Europe and is
known as a ‘petrochemical hub’, with several multinational companies investing
more into their sites there. The city also appeals to tourists, with its
reputation as the diamond capital of the world. Travellers can also benefit from
the city’s excellent public transportation systems and can journey to the centre
of Brussels in less than an hour.
Flights will be flown on weekdays.
ANR-SOU DEP 09:05 ARR 10:30
SOU-ANR DEP 11:00 ARR 12:25
New routes from Waterford VLM
announce that they wil base one Fokker 50 At Waterford, Irelmand where they will
start fluing to Birmingham and London Luton as from April 27th. Thee routes will
be flown twice daily on working days and once on Saturday and Sunday. (db)
Delivery of Sukhoi Jets postponed VLM
has just communicated that the delivery of the Sukhoi Jets has been postponed
for at least one year.
According to VLM this has to do with certification by EASA of the long haul
version for which VLm opted. (db)
25/02/2015 VLM Airlines unveils Nice, Venice, Avignon and Bologna routes from Liège. VLM
Airlines will this May be launching scheduled flights between Liège (Belgium)
and Avignon, Nice, Bologna and Venice.
The move not only marks VLM Airlines’ first routes from Liège but also the
airline’s first services in the south of France and northern Italy.
May 1, passengers will be able to choose from 36 new connections: five return
flights each week (including Saturdays and Sundays) to Nice and Venice, and four
return flights to Avignon and Bologna each week (also including Saturdays and
Sundays). All services will utilise VLM Airlines' fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.
97 ‘Belgian’ biz-aircraft flying
According to a recent survey organised by BART International there are 97
biz-aircraft (55 jets and 42 turboprops) operating out of Belgium. This number
includes, in our opinion, also foreign registered aircraft flying from a Belgian
airport. This puts Belgium on the 10th place in Europe. First place is for
Germany with a total of 660 biz-aircraft. (br)
Free parking a thing of the past? With
the coming of JetairFly in April and the new scheduled services of VLM in
Antwerp, the airport wiill be offering new parking spaces at the southside of
the airport which will be linked with the passenger terminal by means of a
This means of course that parking your car will be no longer free of charge.
Jet Aviation Zurich and Take-Air sign service Agreement
Aviation Zurich has signed a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) service agreement with
Take Air, an innovative new all-you–can-fly membership airline offering regular
weekday flights between fixed destinations.
As the first all-you-can-fly membership airline in Europe, Take Air is launching
its operation with four daily fixed flights between Zurich and Antwerp, Belgium,
on March 30, 2015. Flights are to the general aviation terminals where members
are received and handled by local FBOs. Take Air selected Jet Aviation Zurich to
provide dedicated handling services to its members flying through Zurich. (db)
Antwerp and Geneva closer than ever VLM
Airlines has today started its twice daily scheduled flight to Geneva. The
flights are leaving Antwerp at 7:15am and 5:35pm. Departures at Geneva at 9:45am
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