BDA : Winter Migration !
Text : Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Luc Dujardin, Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys
© sbap 2012


February 21st, 2012 the Belgian Air Component organized the 5th edition of "Fly To Your Dream". This concept offered to around 250 youngsters between 16 and 24 years old a unique opportunity to inform themselves on the different career possibilities in the Belgian Defense and mostly in the Air Component. A lot of information's could be obtained from experienced military personnel as well as newly recruited staff. The event was organized in a specific area of the base, the old F-16 QRA (Quick Reaction Alert). The main concept of this year was to push the youngsters in an operational environment and take them in real scenario like an NBC intervention. A look at the Belgian aircraft in static display was possible and some demonstration like the SAR demo of the Seaking and other fly by gave to all the youngsters a unique feeling. Moreover, all participants had the possibility to make a flight on board of Agusta, Seaking or Embraer. Some of the Embraer passengers had the surprise to be intercepted by Florennes Airbase QRA. Certainly a must and the best way to catch the interest in an Air Force career. In 2012 the Belgian Defense has vacancies for some 1.500 military jobs. The repartition is: 720 soldiers, 445 warrant officers, 180 officers and also 155 EVMI (Military Volunteers)

Interested in an unique Air Force career?
More information about a military job can be found in the different info center (adresses on the Defense web site), via the green line
0800-DEF4U or on the defense web site:

SBAP team would like to thanks the Comopsair IPR team for the usual support and all the facilities during this report.

The Air Component dedicated to the youngsters
A day dedicated to the youngsters interested in a Belgian Air Force career
(Luc Dujardin)
Around 250 young man and woman were selected for this job day
(Luc Dujardin)
The event was organised like an operational environement (Serge Van Heertum) An accessibility to all the Air Component aspect was granted (Serge Van Heertum)
Insription in a shelter before going "in operation" (Marc Arys) Belgian Defense stand (Luc Dujardin)
Many information point in different shelter like the meteo wing (Luc Dujardin) Meet the pilots of operational squadron'swas also offered  (Luc Dujardin)
Survival team of the 2nd Tactical Wing (Serge Van Heertum)
Student pilot of the 5th squadron present to share their experience as new pilot..
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Luc Dujardin)
Showing interest for the Agusta helicopter (Luc Dujardin) Always the top...the pilot office... (Serge Van Heertum)
A great availability of the personal to answer all the questions (Luc Dujardin) Ready for start up ? (Luc Dujardin)
NBC information stand (Serge Van Heertum) and real action.... (Luc Dujardin)
with the chief (Serge Van Heertum) and youngsters enrolled in the NBC team (Serge Van Heertum)
Securisation of the impacted area (Luc Dujardin) an amazing experience for the young people (Luc Dujardin)
Anti explosive dog section (Serge Van Heertum) A real team... (Serge Van Heertum)
A look at their future... (Serge Van Heertum) and the possibility to meet operational pilots (Luc Dujardin)
Static aircraft
Lockheed C-130H "Hercules" (Serge Van Heertum) The heavy transport experience (Serge Van Heertum)
The cargo bay was the entrance of the operational area (Serge Van Heertum) The cockpit of the CH08 (Serge Van Heertum)
Siai Marchetti SF.260 (Serge Van Heertum) The start point of the pilot formation (Serge Van Heertum)
A prestigeous history for the 5th squadron (Luc Dujardin) More than 40 years of elegance (Luc Dujardin)
Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet 1B (Serge Van Heertum) The way for the future fighter pilot (Serge Van Heertum)
33 years of jet pilot formation (Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
(Luc Dujardin) B-Hunter UAV (Serge Van Heertum)
Agusta A-109 Medevac (Serge Van Heertum) Agusta A-109 Anti-tank (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
The 3 Agusta A-109 versions : Transport, Medevac and Anti-tank (Serge Van Heertum)
The youngsters dream.... (Serge Van Heertum) Lockheek-Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon (Serge Van Heertum)
Still in operation in Afghanistan... (Luc Dujardin) ...and recently back from the Lybian operations (Luc Dujardin)
Westland Seaking Mk.48 (Serge Van Heertum) The well known guardian of the Belgian coast (Serge Van Heertum)

Many young people are interested to make a career under the national colours...
(Serge Van Heertum)
Air demo & Fly by
SF.260 fly pass ensured by the 5th squadron instructors (Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
F-16's did an attack of the base (Serge Van Heertum) (Marc Arys)
And a last pass above the base...(Luc Dujardin)
Sear and Rescue demonstration (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Marc Arys) (Marc Arys)
Another SF.260 fly pass (Serge Van Heertum) Red Devils and former Hardship Red together (Serge Van Heertum)
Agusta A-109 with some youngsters on board for an unique experience
 (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)
Piper PA.21 of the Belgian Air Cadets (Serge Van Heertum) A fly pass of the heavy "Hercules" (Serge Van Heertum)
In flight
Take off from the 22R (Serge Van Heertum) A low level flight above the Brabant Wallon area (Serge Van Heertum)
More and more aeolian in the belgian landscape... (Serge Van Heertum) Always nice to see Belgium from the sky (Serge Van Heertum)
FA94 in the left wing (Serge Van Heertum) Crossing the Meuse in company of the F-16's (Luc Dujardin)
FA131 in the right wing (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Visual verifications, a task of the QRA (Luc Dujardin) Always exciting to fly near a fighter aircraft (Luc Dujardin)
(Marc Arys) (Marc Arys)
Above the Ardennes (Serge Van Heertum) In pair at left side (Serge Van Heertum)
Both aircraft are from Florennes QRA (Luc Dujardin) In position for the pass at Beauvechain (Luc Dujardin)
In formation above Beauvechain (courtesy Jef Pets) Few seconds before the separation break (cortesy Jef Pets)
Close formation for the pass (Serge Van Heertum) Above Beauvechain airbase...just before the final break (Serge Van Heertum)
(Marc Arys) Break ! (Marc Arys)
And for the youngsters that made an Embraer flight, the possibility to meet the crew...(Luc Dujardin)

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