Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
Text : Luc Dujardin  -  Pictures : Luc Dujardin & Anthony Graulus © sbap 2012

On May 19 and 20, the second airshow at Saint-Hubert airfield took place. Located in the heart of the province of Luxembourg, it is the home base of the CNVV (National Center for gliding). Mister Daniel Ledent, President of the Management Company of Saint-Hubert and Mister George Göttin, Vice President, told us that the airfield is managed for two years by the new company which is inter keen to promote activities of the platform. The possibility of an event such as this airshow was largely due to organizational skills and perseverance of the airfield commander, Mister Fanck Dubarry.
The weather forecast was rather uncertain, but ultimately Saturday was quite sunny with just enough clouds to remind us that the planes are not alone in the sky. The static display aircraft was success with a big amount visitors in the morning. The parking area was open, allowing children and adults to approach some wonderful machines. The flying display was scheduled for the afternoon.
This year, the aeronautical tray was very interesting. You could see a representative of the legendary Spitfire family thanks to the presence of the magnificent Mk.XIX owned by Mister Christophe Jacquard. There were other old aircraft like two Marcel Dassault Flamant (MD 311 and MD 312), a Morane-Saulnier MS-317, no less than three Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Stampe & Vertongen SV-4, a Klemm 35 owned by the Wings of Lorraine and, last but not least, a beautiful Yak-3 wearing a simple color scheme. It’s demonstration was underlining the impressive speed possibilities of this bird. In another category, we could admire the expertise and agility of acrobats Didier Amelincks (BE) Belgian Champion aerobatics, Nicolas Ivanoff (FR), Champion Red Bull Air Race, Kristof Cloetens (BE) the former Belgian Air Force “Hardship red” member and Gerrit Nijs (LUX) founder of Xtreme Aerobatics, former Sabena pilot and captain on the Boeing 747-400. We have to underline also the presence of a Nieuport 28 (an ultralight replica). Many home based aircraft and glider of Saint Hubert were also visible.

The Airshow
The public could go near the machines (Luc Dujardin) Boeing PT-17 "Stearman" for refueling (Luc Dujardin)
Another "Stearman" (Luc Dujardin) Klemm KL-35D (Luc Dujardin)
Stampe & Vertongen SV-4c (Luc Dujardin) Jodel D112 (Luc Dujardin)
This airfield is well known for glider formation (Luc Dujardin) Morane Saulnier MS317 (Luc Dujardin)
Many gliders...(Luc Dujardin) Schleicher K-8B Schleicher K-8B (Luc Dujardin)
Belgian Air Force F-16 flight sim (Luc Dujardin) and the presence of a Red Devils aircraft (Luc Dujardin)
Royal Belgian Air Cadets spending his passion (Luc Dujardin) Not all present aircraft could fly...(Luc Dujardin)
A real interesting exhibition (Luc Dujardin)
Saint Hubert is also the home base of para club (Luc Dujardin) Cessna 208 Caravan (Luc Dujardin)
Parachutist demonstration, always appreciated by the public (Luc Dujardin)
Some close up of the Marcel Dassault "Flamant" duo (Luc Dujardin)
Old flying machine, the past revival ! (Luc Dujardin)
Nieuport N28 N2B (Luc Dujardin) Splendid replica of this WWI fighter (Anthony Graulus)
Registered in Luxemburg (Luc Dujardin) Dawn patrol...(Luc Dujardin)
Klemm KL-35D in perfect state (Luc Dujardin) In pair withe the SV-4c (Anthony Graulus)
Jodel Formation (Luc Dujardin) F-PILO is a D112 model and the F-PJCG is a DR 105 S (Luc Dujardin)
Boeing PT-17 "Stearman" (Anthony Graulus) "Stearman trio (Luc Dujardin)
Boeing PT-17 "Sterman" from St Dizier aéro rétro (Luc Dujardin) Pilatus PC 7 from Beaune (Luc Dujardin)
MD "Flamant" duo. With the red spinner a MD311 (Luc Dujardin) And with blue spinner a MD312 (Luc Dujardin)
Piper L-18c (Luc Dujardin) The MS317 at take off (Luc Dujardin)
The Yak 52 of Etienne Verhellen (Luc Dujardin) Full aerobatic, this plane is based in Belgium (Anthony Graulus)
Yakovlev Yak-3U (Anthony Graulus) High speed pass (Luc Dujardin)
Saint Hubert 70 years ago?   (Luc Dujardin) Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX from Ch. Jacquard (Luc Dujardin)
The "Cartouche Doré" in their new scheme (Anthony Graulus) Low pass full down (Anthony Graulus)
Burst (Anthony Graulus) One of the French Air Force ambassador team (Luc Dujardin)
Didier Amelinckx (Luc Dujardin) Exta 330 SC (Luc Dujardin)
High manoeuver (Anthony Graulus) Amazing figures (Luc Dujardin)

The pilot office (Luc Dujardin)

Gerrit Nijs (Luc Dujardin)
Etra 300 L (Luc Dujardin) High speed take off (Anthony Graulus)

Zivko Edge 540 (Luc Dujardin)

Nicolas Ivanoff
Kniffe edge pass (Anthony Graulus) Flat spin (Luc Dujardin)
Focus on the "Cartouche Doré"
Luc Dujardin 2012)

Saturday's was enhanced by the presence of the French Air Force aerobatic team “Cartouche Doré”. It was their second presentation of the 2012 season and the first outside of France. On Sunday they were planned at Duxford.
“Cartouche Doré” is a military aerobatic team composed with three TB-30 Epsilon piloted by instructors of the French Air Force flying school of Cognac (base 709). It is on this type of aircraft that future pilots of the French Air Force are formed that will become later fighter, Transport or Helicopter pilots. The basic course represents about 100 flight hours for 60 missions. Students receive joint training before being dispatched to a specialization, same as in the Belgian formation. The formation continue afterwards on Grob 120 for the transport pilots and on TB-30 Episilon for the fighters.
“Cartouche Doré” aims to demonstrate the expertise of French pilots since 23 years now. The demonstration of the team is representative of the level attained by instructors. The TB-30 passes virtually all possible aerobatic maneuvers. The team provide a similar demonstration as the one performed by the Belgian Air Force “Red Devils”. However, “Cartouche Doré” does not use smoke and emphasizes the perfect symmetry of formation flying. There is no bad weather program, because the demonstration would be less dynamic if it was developed only in the horizontal level. The minimum requirements for the show is 2000 feet ceiling and a visibility of 5 kilometers. 2012 is a special year for “Cartouche Doré”, because this year the planes have undergone a facelift and is wearing a brand new painting. After a long time in white, the Epsilon flies now on dark colors, like the F4U Corsair. The pattern of this new design was chosen and prepared by the pilots themselves. The pilot selection process is quite similar as the one of the “Patrouille de France”. To fly with “Cartouche Doré”, the candidate must be fighter pilot licensed with deputy chief of patrol qualification and assigned as instructor at the flying School. There is no flying hours quota required. Every year in October, one or two seats are declared vacant. Candidates are evaluated during two flights and they perform the "ribbon" training with the rest of the patrol. The successful candidate will also be evaluated on a professional and social skills for a perfect integration into the team. Once chosen, the lucky winner has to do a centrifugal test and finally a favorable opinion after an interview with a psychologist of the Air Force. Afterward the candidate will perform a specific aerobatic course including five flights on EVAA (Equipe de Voltige de l’Armée de l’Air) Extra 300 LG.

Thanks to all the team for their availability and professionalism

The 2012 team :

Captain Damien "DAM's" Depayras
Chief fighter pilot. Instructor at flight school, totalizing 2,600 flying hours.
Third year in the team.

Left Wing:
Lieutenant Cedric "Oliver" Ollivier
Fighter pilot deputy chiefs of Patrol Mirage F1 CR, totalizing 1400 flight hours
Lieutenant Bertrand "BUBU" BOOTY
Fighter pilot deputy chiefs of Patrol Mirage F1 CR, totalizing 1600 flight hours

Right Wing:
Lieutenant Lawrence "BABOU" Klene
Chief fighter pilot,Mirage 2000D, totalizing 1400 flight hours.
Captain Jean-Michel "DASH" Blondeau
Fighter pilot and chief instructor at the flight school, totalizing 2,500 flight hours.
First year in the team.

"Dam's", "Oliver", "Bubu" & "Babou". "Dash" was not present...
Pre flight briefing
The new colors TB-30 "Epsilon"
Gold spinner, of course...
On taxi for the demo Number 1
Number 2 Number 3
Take off "English" pass
Very close! Pull up
End of the loop Front cross
The perfection Slow pass, full down
the "drawer" End of the demo
Refueling Hot debriefing
Everybody gives a hand! Show is over and the plane ready for the overnight
Focus on the Blackshape Prime
(Luc Dujardin 2012)

Arrived on Thursday evening, we could felt in admiration (and the word is low) for a newcomer on the aviation scene. This is the Blackshape Prime. This was the first time that this aircraft was visible in Belgium.
This small ultra light, thin and sleek plane underlines real beautiful lines. The design created by Bepi Vidor is simple and particularly effective regarding the aerodynamics. As a result, the aircraft is fast, agile and very stable. The structure is entirely built in composite materials (carbon steel, anodized aluminum and chromyl 4130 7075) and combines strength and lightness. Therefore, it does not require a special engine and is equipped with a Rotax 912 ULS (like many ultra light) developing 100 hp. This combination offers a maximum speed of 300 km / h, a cruising speed in economic of 225 km/h giving a comfortable autonomy of 1700 km.

The cockpit underlines a modern and comfortable design with two large screens (GPS, Flight data). This is a tandem two-seater. This configuration, combined with flight characteristics, gives an amazing fighter experiences sensations. The plane is delivered with the headsets pilot and passenger and we can say that the communications are particularly clear and audible during flight.

The sidelights and headlights are equipped with LED bulbs. The wings are fitted with electric shutters. On the nose, between the two-bladed propeller and the cockpit is the GPS antenna and the housing of the ballistic parachute (this means that the pilots are not equipped with and it’s the entire plane that is connected to the safety chute).
We have made a test flight of 15 minutes over the Ardennes forest and this experience is better as thousand words.


The Blackshape Prime is sold in Belgium by

Phoenix Aircraft
50 Lakes Road
5630 Cerfontaine




You're not dreaming, it is an ultralight. But what a ULM!

I would like to thanks Michel Dillien, Blackshape relationships and marketing, for all information and friendly contact.
Also Elio, my pilot for this unique and sensational flight.

A serious evolution! A tin and sleek airplane
Elegance... ...and sportivity
A genious mordern design Making the public admiration
Like a little fighter The modern dashboard
New technologies... ...LED for the position lights
The tail light Italian prototype registration
Pure lines A possible future military trainer...why not!
The Rotax engine and in the back the safety chute compartiment
A great design...don't find you? At take off for trial flight
Two blade and retractable landing gear Elio, the presentation pilot
Elio and Nicolas Ivanoff for a trial flight

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