July 29, 2020

Display schedule Hornet Display Team training week, August 2020

Changes are still possible due COVID'19, but it looks that Hornet Display too is preparing the training week. Due the actual situation, Nicolas 'Vincent' Rossier will take responsibility to fly 2020 and the new pilot will be trained in 2021 if the situation permits.

Moyenne Alt: Medium Altitude
Basse Alt: Low Altitude

July 19, 2020

Display schedule of Patrouille Suisse Training Course - August 2020

Finally, with nearly every Airshow cancelled due COVID19 the Patrouille Suisse expects to train the following dates. And yes, I'm not really shure how Axalp Shuttle Service will be organised - so be aware that this year can be very complicated.

June 10, 2020

Public Open Day / Airshow: PayAIR'n 21

With this lost year 2020 for Airshows, Payerne Air Base will hoist an interesting event next year, an Open Door event;

01st May 2021: PayAIR'n 21

other events of interest in Switzerland 2021:

11-13th June, 2021: Motor Classics, Lenzerheide https://www.lenzerheide-motorclassics.ch/
26/27th June, 2021: Seefest, Zug http://www.zugerseefest.ch/
28th July, 2021: different Air Displays, Samedan (Super Puma Display Team et al) due ProAero Youth Camp
20-22nd August, 2021: Flugtage Wittinsburg http://www.flugtage-wittinsburg.ch/
21st August, 2021: Hunterfest, St. Stephan http://www.hunterverein.ch/
28/29th August, 2021: Flugtage, Dittingen http://www.flugtage.ch/

June 07, 2020

Collision PC-7 Team with Camera, St. Moritz 2017: Former team leader awaits trial

After the collision of an (NC)PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft with an cable on Ski Worldcup February 17, 2017 at St. Moritz, military justice is ready for the trial against the former team leader. The pilot touching the cable and damaging aircraft and installations was already acquitted for.

Source: https://www.admin.ch/gov/de/start/dokumentation/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-79349.html

May 25, 2020

Payerne closed for runway works, like every summer. June 2nd 'till July 3rd, 2020

Like every year the military airfields in switzerland closes down for some weeks for maintenance works on runway and installations.

The main base Payerne will be closed from June 2nd 'till July 3rd, 2020.

QRA/Air Defence (LPD24) from 0600-2200h LT will be executed out of Meiringen during this time, together with nearly all flights with F-18 Hornet.

May 24, 2020

Treaty on Open Skies at end ? we hope not

With United States decision to withdraw from the 1992 established Treaty, the other 33 signatory states has to make decisions to continue the mission - a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants.

The program was established for mutual understanding and confidence between those States with allowing unarmed surveillance flights over there territory.

The actual decision is a political one, but not to the best of the people living on this small blue planet.

I had the chance to see some of those special equipped aircrafts back in 1999 at RIAT Fairford, UK. One of the special themes there was Open Skies.

Some nice pictures of those missions you can watch here: https://www.osce.org/fsc/66205

Czech Republic Air Force's Antonov An-30FG (cn 1107), wfu 2003 and dismantled/moved to Zruc Air Park

Royal Air Force's Hawker Siddeley HS-780 Andover C1(PR), XS596 (cn 1574)

Russia Air Force's Antonov An-30B BLACK 04 (cn 0704), w/o 23may12 on landing at Cáslav after an Open Skies mission over Czechia when came in too fast, caught fire and burnt out. 6 of 23 crew injured. Actual Open Skies aircrafts are Tupolev Tu-154M LK-1 and Tupolev Tu-214ON.

This Boeing OC-135B (717-158) 61-2670 / OF (cn 18346) is the Open Skies aircraft of the USA. With the actual discussion the missions will be flown by specialised military aircrafts in the future - like those RC-135V Rivet Joint:

USAF Boeing RC-135V Rivet Joint (739-445B), 62-4132 / OF (cn 18472)

May 08, 2020

Measurement of Radioactivity - Swiss Air Force with Tiger F-5 and Super Puma

Every year an special campaign week to detect radioactivity (Aerial radiometry) is driven by the Swiss Air Force. This - in combination with the ground based Automatic Dose Alarm and Monitoring Network (NADAM),  the Network for Automatic Monitoring of the Dose Rate in the Vicinity of Nuclear Power Plants (MADUK, also ground based) and bi-monthly flown missions with the EKUR-equipped sample filter on an F-5 Tiger II - allows the government to monitor the ambient dose rate in and above Switzerland.
The Section Environmental Radioactivity (URA) of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) operates also two distinct air collection networks: RADAIR and LUSAN.

EKUR-Pod / Höhenflugfilter (HFF) on the F-5 Tiger
Two filters attached to the F-5 Tiger are deployed in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, meaning between 8,000 and 15,000 meters altitude, to collect aerosol samples. The filters are then analyzed in the URA laboratory in Liebefeld using gamma spectrometry. This method allows to detect the smallest concentrations of radioactivity in the higher air layers. Since the rapid air mass movements (jet streams) play primarily in the higher air layers, very large-scale shipments of radioactivity can be detected quickly before the radioactivity settles on soil and plants. Each flight takes 20-30 minutes and samples in between 2000 and 4000 kg of air with Mach 0.8.
Sample collector on the F-5 Tiger II and the results of the flights 2010-2016

Aerial radiometry with the Super Puma
Aerial radiometry enables the NEOC (National Emergency Operational Centre, the federal centre of expertise for exceptional incidents) to measure nuclide-specific deposits in the soil and activity over a large area. This is performed by a measurement system consisting of a NaI detector with a volume of 16.8 l; a spectrometer with 256 channels and automatic gain control; industrial computers for the control of the measurements, for data collection, processing and storing. For positioning a GPS receiver is used.
In three hours, a surface area of up to 70km2 can be measured. The measured values are tracked online and are presented in a ready-to-print map on landing. Aerial radiometry is used if a larger area needs to be scanned for radioactivity, e.g. following a transport accident, plane crash or during the search for sources of radioactivity that have either been lost or acquired illegally.

You can see Super Puma T-322 in use with the special equipment, monitoring the cities of Solothurn and Fribourg, the four national nuclear power stations, the area in between Berne and Kandersteg and the area of lake geneva. 
Some pictures taken Mai 30th, 2018 above Fribourg/Freiburg:

Spectacular views with the Poya-Bridge - the helicopter has to follow the ground in 90m distance and in exact lines of 250m

The Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Fribourg, built in the Gothic style, dominates the center of the medieval town of Fribourg (Switzerland). It is built on a rocky outcrop 50 metres above the river Sarine (Saane).

The results of the flights showed normal readings and will be used as 0 (Zero)-probe of the city in case of an emergency.

May 03, 2020

15 years ago - Sion with F-5 Tiger II and a lot of steel on the railroad

Heavy Metal 15 years ago - Sion was always an fascinating airbase to combine my photografic interests in military aviation, birds and railways.

all pictures Mai 03rd, 2005

F-5E Tiger II J-3025 - now in duty by VFC-111 Sun Downers in the US Navy

F-5E Tiger II J-3076, sold and ready to be shipped to the USA

Two Re 4/4 - this combination is also called Re 8/8 - may be 11267 and 11276

Two Re 4/4 again, 11287 and an unknown one

Re 6/6, now called Re 620 061-2 'Gampel-Steg' in SBB Cargo colours

Re 460 015-1 in special paint Radio DRS 3, named 'Uf u dervo' (up and away)

Re 460 013-6 in special paint Microsoft/SAB, named 'Nord Vaudois'

Re 460 012-8 in special paint DRS I-II-II / RSR idée suisse (D/F), named 'Erguel' (a village)

Ae 6/6 11518 'Flüelen', believed scrapped today

scrapping of an Ae 6/6 on youtube

May 01, 2020

Aviateurs suisses - new film by Lionel Charlet

Lionel Charlet makes very nice films and I specially like his style with some monumental glimpses of mother nature in and inbetween the pictures.

Take your seat and popcorn - and enjoy 👍


April 29, 2020

COVID19: Display schedule Swiss Hornet Display Team - V4

Info via Swiss Hornet Display Team:

Schedule update: training course is now planned 10-14th of august. Of course this will also depend on the measures about the COVID-19 🦠 , but we still hope to fly a few times this year

April 08, 2020

COVID19: Grimmi has still to go at work by bike - but scans it's old Kodachrome64

Yes, the Virus will not kill me (I hope). The most dangerous thing is my way to work - 12-15km each way and each day, but with a bit lesser traffic these days then a few weeks ago. My new eBike with Gen4 Bosch engine has much more performance than my old one from supermarket and the Spikes are a bit overdue in this winter - still, in the early morning some icy parts on my way.

Free time for the hobby is limited by that, but a few glimpses in my scan work of my archives is permitted ....

RIAT'99 Fairford - some unworked scans out of only five rolls of Kodachrome64 films (36 pictures each)

Yes - very different lineup to airshows these days. And reworked they are looking awesome - some of my shots available here: 

Thank you for visiting 👍

March 27, 2020

Display Schedules of the Swiss Air Force in Corona-Times

Quite a lot of Airshows for this year are already cancelled, also Swiss Air Force's Display Teams had to change there training weeks and more.