|Semmerzake Open Door - 20 May 2005|
The Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC), also known as Belga Radar, and the Air Traffic Control School (ATCS), both based at Semmersake, south of Ghent, opened their doors wide for the large public on May 20th 2005.
On the programme were visits to the state-of-the-art SEROS II (SEmmerzake Radar Operating System II) ATC-system, the ATC-School, the underground command bunker and the S723 radar. For daredevils there were shooting stands, rappels, simulated fires in buildings and rides in Iltis-jeeps or Pandur armoured personnel carriers. And for the aviation enthusiasts, there was a small, but nice static show of mainly helicopters and numerous flypasts of military aircraft. A review:
Federal Police and Air Component helicopter crew members in front of the Police’s McDonnell-Douglas Helicopters MD-520N G-14, lively commenting the performance of their colleague in his Sud Alouette II A68.
List of participants and visitors:
This uncommon view of No. 20 Squadron Embraer ERJ-145 CE-04 shows its WW II-style roundels on the underside of the wings to advantage.
Blown inland by a flurry, former Naval Component and now Air Component Sud Alouette III M-1, still wearing its "Marine" titles.
Sud Alouette II A68 of the 16th Liaison Helicopter Squadron coming in to land after dropping a load of elite Para commando's.
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