The 2013 Belgian Air Component Demo teams & Public Events


The Belgian Air Component has presented its 2013 Demonstration Teams and Pilots for the 2013 display season as well as the public events it will be organising over the year..


Press Conference Florennes 08 May 2013

Colonel Avi Frederik "Fred" Vansina, Comopsair Chief of Staff, flancked by Colonel Tim Van Langenhove ATTC Commander and Colonel Avi Michel Colles, Base Commander of Florennes presenting the Demo pilots and the 2013 Air Component public events.


The 2013 Belgian Air Force Demonstration Teams


F-16 Solo Display

 For the second consecutive year Captain Avi Renaud "Grat" Thys of N° 350 Squadron based at Florennes will be the Lockheed Martin F-16AM Solo display pilot flying the spececially decorated F-16AM FA-84. Aged twenty nine, "Grat" obtained his wings as military pilot in 2004 and totalises 2.000 flying hours, 1.500 of them on Lockheed F-16AM.

Cpt Avi Renaud "Grat" Thys

Cpt Avi Renaud "Grat" Thys

"Demo" F-16AM FA-84

"Demo" F-16AM FA-84

"Demo" F-16AM FA-84

 "Grat" during his brilliant presentation despite appalling weather condition on Press Day.


2013 F-16 Solo Display particpation list:

24 - 25 May: Salon-de-Provence (F.) & Caslav (CZE)

01 - 02 June: Oslo (N.)

14 - 15 June: Volkel (Nl.)

28 - 29 June: Zeltweg (Austria)

06 - 07 Jul: Waddington (U.K.)

13 Jul: Yeovilton (U.K.)

19 - 21 Jul: Fairford (U.K.)

27 - 28 July: Gijon (Spain)

03 - 04 August: Kecskemét (Hun.)

15 - 18 August: Eastborne (U.K.) & Roskilde (DK)

24 - 25 August: Radom (Poland)

30 August - 01 September: Jesolo (It.)

11 - 15 September: Jersey (U.K.) & Sanicole (B.)

13 October: Duxford (U.K.)



The Red Devils

Now in their third season, the Siai Marchetti equipped team "the Red Devils" has two new members: Leader Comd Avi (Res) Paul "Polle" Leys  and Capt Avi Davy "Daffy" Vanhaeren.  "Veteran" Devils Lt  Avi Stefaan "Stef" Braem and Kapt Avi Steve "Mag"Malburny complete the team.

Red Devils

2003 Red Devils

The 2013 Red Devils: from l. to r. Red Devil N° 4 Stefaan "Stef" Braem, Red Devil N° 3 Steve "Mag" Malburny, Red Devil N° 2 Davy "Daffy" Vanhaeren and Leader Paul "Polle" Leys.

2003 Red Devils

 The "Red Devils" 2013 warming up prior to their demonstration at Florennes airbase.


2013 Red Devils particpation list:

24 - 25 May: Salon-de-Provence (Fr.)

29 - 30 June: Leszno (Poland)

30 August - 01 September: Dittingen (CH.)

13 - 15 September: Sanicole (B.)

28 - 29 September: Cognac (Fr.)



Agusta A109 Solo Display

For the 2013 display season the Agusta A109BA  will be presented by Capt Avi Filip "Shaggy" Peremans assisted by co-pilot Lt Avi Kevin "Que20" Beckers.

Agusta A109BA Solo Display

Agusta A109BA Solo Display

The Agusta A109BA Solo Display pilots Lt Avi Kevin "Que20" Beckers and Capt Avi Filip "Shaggy" Peremans .


2013 Agusta A109BA Solo Display particpation list:

25 - 26 May:  Weeze/Niederheinn (D.)

13 July: Yeovilton (U.K.)

19 - 21 July: Fairford (U.K.)

03 - 04 August: Kecskemét (Hun)

30 August - 01 September : Portrush (U.K.)

13 - 15 September: Sanicole (B.) and Sedan (Fr.)

21 - 22 Sept: Ostrava (CZE)





Belgian Air Component Events 2013


Open-Door ATCC 2013

On Friday May 24th, 2013 the Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC) of the Air Component organises an Open Door for the general public at their "Radar" site at Gavere-Semmerzake. Besides the possibility to visit the state of the art technology SEROS II which is now operational since 10 years, visitors will have the oppurtunity to see Fly By's of several Air Compinent aircraft  next to a Sea King helicopter whinchin operation.  A static display of  several  helicopters and an F-16 fighter wil l be organised. Potental new recruits for the Belgian Defence will find more information on the carreer info stand.



Open-Door of the 2nd Tactical Wing at Florennes on July 21st, 2013

For the occasion of the Belgian National Day 2013 Florennes Airbase will open for the public on Sunday July 21st, 2013 between 10H00 and 18H00. A static display, flying activities related to the National Day Air Parade over Brussels and a solo Display by Renaud "Grat" Thys will certainly appeal the many aviation enthusiasts. Didactic, technical and historical exhibitions coupled with several demonstrations are also foreseen in a family atmosphere for "youngsters between 7 and 77 (years)".




Open-Door 15 W LuTpt at Melsbroek on 21 & 22 September 2013

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 15th Wing Air Transport, 40 years of Lockheed C-130 and Dassault Falcon and also 20 years of Air Support Unit of the Federal Police the Wing is organising two Open Door days on September 21st and 22nd September 2013 on their home base Melsbroek. A large static display of all current aircraft as well as a number of aircraft that were used by the wing will be presented to the public. Also on display will be a number of foreign transport aircraft of the neighboring countries. Fingers crossed of course..., but a particpation of an Airbus A400M is still on the organisers which list. The aircraft maintenance infrastructure will be open to the public and several demonstrations will be organised next to flying and static activities by the Air Sp Unit of the Federal police.

Up-to-date information on this special occasion can be found on the dedicated website




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