DAY - Koksijde - October 3rd, 2015
The Belgian ULM Federation ( BULMF ) organized a Safety Day on the
Military Airbase of Koksijde (EBFN) on the 3rd of October : the
theme was " Engine Flame Out
in flight ". I applied for this event and had the chance
to participate to this day with my son Olivier who is training with
me to get his ULM licence for flying later on my Rans Coyote II
fact, during their training, all ULM pilots are learning and
practicing the engine flame out emergency. But because it is done on
ULM basis where runways are rather short (150
m to 600 m for the longest), they always make the exercise with the
engine at idle to be able, if missing the landing being too short
for instance or coming to high, to open up the throttle and regain
rapidly power and altitude.
the BULMF made an arrangement with BKOKS to use the long runways for
practicing landing with the engine completely stopped and propeller
stuck. To materialize the "real" runway, they used 2 white
lines about 600m apart of each other. Because of an overall length
of the main runway (11/29) of more than 2.400m, this gave to all
participants enough concrete in front and behind in case of
misjudging the landing point.
far as the organization was concerned, the participants were divided
in 2 groups : while the first one was flying, the other one had the
opportunity to follow a few presentations (Belgocontrol on the use
of the radio by ULM and Federal Public Service Mobility and
Transport - Air Accident Investigation Unit - on the engine failure
in flight) and to bring a visit the the new SAR heli NH90.
far as the flying part is concerned, each pilot received a slot of 5
minutes allowing him to make 2 circuits ; 2 aircraft were always
simultaneously in flight, one in downwind and the other one on
safety reasons it was foreseen to gather all participants in
Amougies (EBAM) for a small briefing before departing in sequence to
Koksijde. However, due
to the morning mist, we were put in standby in our respective
departing points, for me the ULM site of Maillen (EBAM). We received
the release to go around 09h30 and rejoined EBFN in good flying
conditions. Finally 46 ULM's from all types went to Koksijde and 77
pilots with the help of 4 instructors took part to the simulated
flame out exercises. This was done on the 11Left runway.
me, despite my own flying experience, this was the first time I got
the opportunity to train and practice real engine out patterns and
conclude, I would like to congratulate the 2 organizers from the
BULMF , Pierre VAN AERSSEN and Alain DE VUYST and their staff
members who made that day a success in very good and safe conditions.
Many thanks also to the Kon. West Aviation Club (WAC) for hosting
the event in its clubhouse and installations. Just to mention that
its President is Johan "Beaker" DE BLOCK, a former BAF
pilot who flew on F-16, T-38 in the ENJJPT, Marchetti and finished
his career on Sea King, happy owner now of an SV-4 !
pilots who took part to that event are looking forward to living the
same kind of experience in the future, why not soon in 2016 !