January 16, 2021

Flight schedule Payerne 2021

Finally - our main base published also the planned activity for 2021 👍

Most of Swiss Air Force's Air policing missions - called Luftpolizeidienst LPD24 / Service de police aérienne 24 (PA24) / Servizio di polizia aerea 24 (PA24) in german/french/italian - where flown out of Payerne. Since December 31st, 2020 those missions are 24/365 'round the clock possible, callsign on radio is HAMMER. 

-> note the info concerning rescheduled flight times for the week of January 18-21 at the end


Special events 2021

January

04 Begin of regular training activity 2021

February

22-05 Pilot School on PC-21 (normally based in Emmen)

March 

22-02 Swiss Hornet Display training weeks

April

05-16 Patrouille Suisse training weeks (mostly out of Emmen), trainings in Bellechasse and Payerne planned

30-01 100 years Payerne airfield - public day Mai 1st

Mai

10-28 Repetition course CR av 11

June

07-11 Flightweek with Mirage IIIDS of Clind'Ailes Museum

21-16 Instruction week / runway closed (aircrafts out of Emmen)

July

19-23 Flightweek with Mirage IIIDS of Clind'Ailes Museum

September

13-17 Flightweek with Mirage IIIDS of Clind'Ailes Museum

20-08 exercice Nighthawk (helicopter)

October

04-29 test weeks with the new ADS 15 drone system

11-29 Repetition course CR av 14 / TA 1

November

22-10 Helicopter exercise in Vidsel (SE) 15-26

29-10 Yorknite exercise (Night flight Training, UK), Meiringen crews the two weeks before

December

16 End of regular training activity 2021


-> info concerning rescheduled flight times for the week of January 18-21

There where some important changes to the regular combat jet flight times (0830-1200/1330-1700h LT) during this week: 1000-1200/1330-1930h LT ! This is a test for possible further use due night flight restrictions in Switzerland. So the normal night flight session on monday eventing 'till 22h LT is also cancelled, training missions of the Air Police on wednesday evening is still valid.



January 14, 2021

Flight schedule Emmen 2021

Emmen is the second base publishing the planned activity for 2021 - now we wait for Swiss Air Force's mainbase Payerne to publish heres.

Like every year, Patrouille Suisse Training week will be in April, F-5 Tiger activity is the most during TK (Training Course) in dark blue. Please consider restrictions due COVID'19 when visiting the base.



Jan 04 Beginn Flugbetrieb 0830h
Feb 22 24. Stuckli Ballonfiesta (Verschiebedatum 28.02.), Sattel-Hochstuckli - Herrenboden (CH), !Termin unbestätigt!
Apr 05- 16 TK Patrouille Suisse, Emmen (CH)
Mai 06 Generalversammlung der Motorflugveteranen des AeS, Emmen - LSME (CH)
Jun 14-16 Hornet Flugbetrieb, Emmen - LSME (CH)
Jun 26-27 Zuger Seefest, Zug (CH)
Jul 10 StansAIRhorn, Stans (CH)
Jul 28- 23 Pistensperre EMM
Sep 04 25 Jahre Hunterverein Mollis, Mollis (Hangar U1 Haltengut) - LSMF (CH)
Okt 15-17 Air & Space Days Verkehrshaus Luzern, Luzern (CH) Air & Space Days
Dez 16 Ende Flugbetrieb um 1700h




January 03, 2021

Mirage III flights out of Payerne, planification 2021

Clin d'Ailes Museum and Association had also this year some days scheduled for the flights with there legendary Mirage III DS - let's hope for safe flights and no further restrictions:




January 01, 2021

Happy new Year and airshows/events planification for 2021

 Yeah, this year called 2020 was something to remember ... but we hope not to repeat in 2021 !

I wish you and your families all the best and stay safe, from Covid19 AND the daily traffic accidents 💖


Some planifications in the new year - 2021

(complete list on flugzeugforum.de

January

10-16 Internationale Alpine Ballonwoche Arosa (Night-Glooming 10.), Arosa (CH) 

11-03 KVK/WK LT Kdo 03, Alpnach - LSMA (CH)

23-24 Audi FIS Womans Ski World Cup 2021, Crans Montana (CH), normally with PC-7 Team

April

03 Frühjahrs-Helitreffen, Leuggern-Böttstein - MfG Loorholz (CH)

21 FF-Basevisit I 2021, Meiringen - LSMM (CH)

21-24 AERO 2021, Friedrichshafen - EDNY (DE)

30-01 100 Years Payerne (30. not public / 01. Open Day), Payerne - LSMP (CH)

June

07-02 KVK/WK LT Kdo 02, Alpnach - LSMA (CH)

11-13 09. Lenzerheide Motor Classics 2021, Lenzerheide (CH) with PC-7 Team or Patrouille Suisse

26-27 Zuger Seefest, Zug (CH) with PC-7 Team or Patrouille Suisse

July

25-31 ProAero Jugendlager, Samedan - S-chanf (CH)

31-01 18. Loorholz-Flugtage, Leuggern-Böttstein - MfG Loorholz (CH)

August

16-10 WK FlPl Kdo 13, Meiringen - LSMM (CH)

20-22 12. Acro Show, Villeneuve VD (CH), normally with Hornet Display Team

20-22 Flugtage Wittinsburg 2021, Wittinsburg (CH)

21 Hunterfest 2021, St.Stephan - LSMH (CH)

28-29 Dittinger Flugtage, Dittingen - LSPD (CH)

September

04 25 Jahre Hunterverein Mollis, Mollis - LSMF (CH)

05 Flüüger-Chilbi Bleienbach, Langenthal-Bleienbach - LSPL (CH)

05-12 Swiss National Aerobatic Championship (Swiss National Freestyle Championship 11.09.), Môtiers - LSTO (CH)

17-20 Montreux Acrobaties Accro d'acro, Montreux (CH)

18-19 RIO (Rencontre Internationale d'Oldtimer) 2.4, Gruyère - LSGT (CH), 

October

02-03 42. Flugtag MFG Affoltern, Hausen am Albis (CH)

27 FF-Basevisit II 2021, Meiringen - LSMM (CH)


December 23, 2020

Emergency Airworthiness Directives (EAD) for Pilatus training aircrafts

It began a few weeks ago with an 1st Emergency Airworthiness Directive for the Harley-type buckle assemblies in the seat harness of the ejection seat on Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft. French Air Force recognised a problem and informed Martin Baker/Pilatus and the respective governments:


Pilatus PC-21 is the latest turboprop-powered advanced military training aircraft and in use by the Air Forces of Australia (49), France (17), Jordan (12), Qatar (24), Saudi Arabia (55), Singapore (19), Spain (24, 1st delivery end of 2020; will replace mainly the CASA C-101 Aviojet, but will also take over advanced training which is currently carried out on the T-35 Pillan), Switzerland (8), United Arab Ermirates (25) and the United Kingdom (2 for advanced training in ETPS).

At this moment (December 23rd), there are all modern military training aircraft systems of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd listed with the same problem of requiring a specific inspection.




December 11, 2020

Trial: Swiss Hornet Pilot that crashed in France in 2015 acquitted

The 43-year-old F/A-18 fighter jet pilot was charged with multiple negligent failure to comply with service regulations before Military Court II in Aarau.

The pilot was also acquitted of allegations of misuse and leakage of material. The court refrains from disciplinary punishment. The auditor had requested a conditional fine of 60 daily rates. The defense attorney demanded an acquittal.

The F / A-18 fighter jet crashed uncontrollably near the French town of Glamondans and was totally destroyed. According to the indictment, there was a total loss of around 55 million francs.

During the two-day trial, the pilot had reported the problems during combat training. Until the end he did not know what problem he had. It was about preventing flying into the ground. It was an emergency."I only had one try, only a few seconds. I did what I could," he said. In all other accidents in the past 25 years, the Swiss pilots with the F/A-18 crashed and died. "I have chosen life," said the pilot.



With the happy ending of this story I will also publish my favourite cartoon to this incident, made by Tagesanzeiger cartoonist Kurt Schaad:

(And I say Pierre, that was not a duck !)



December 10, 2020

December 05, 2020

Pilot of Hornet Crash 2015 in France now on trial

 The aircraft - Hornet D J-5235 - crashed during an air combat training with two F-5 Tiger II in the binational EUC25 training area near Glamondance (F) on october 14th, 2015. Pilot ejected with only minor injuries and is now on trial for not following rules/emergency procedures to safe the aircraft.

The Pilot - Martin H. - was one of three test pilots for flying the Gripen due the evaluation 2014 and can be seen here on an swiss television documentary. The presumption of innocence continues to apply to the accused pilot: https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/gripen-drei-schweizer-piloten-trainieren-in-schweden

The aircraft crashed was mainly in use by armasuisse as a test aircraft with special wiring - seen here in january 2004 

Reports of the french/swiss investigation (on June 13th, 2017) stated that (source):

 ... In the last exercise phase, the left engine of the F / A-18D stalled, which resulted in a drop in engine performance. The aircraft began to roll to the left with an unwanted rolling motion and quickly lost altitude. The pilot was no longer able to bring the aircraft into a stable flight position. Shortly afterwards he operated the ejector seat. The plane then crashed on an arable land near the village of Glamondans in the French Jura. The pilot survived slightly injured.

.../ ... 

Based on these results, the F / A-18 pilot is initially suspected of violating Art. 72 MStG (non-compliance with service regulations) and Art. 73 MStG (misuse and waste of material). In order to be able to determine whether a criminal act was committed in a specific case, the examining magistrate asked divisional officer Bernhard Müller, deputy commander and chief operations officer of the Air Force, to order a preliminary investigation. The latter approved the application and ordered a preliminary investigation.

The presumption of innocence continues to apply to the accused pilot.

F / A-18 crash of 2015: Main hearing in military court (source)

Bern, 11/24/2020 - On December 9, 2020, the main hearing against the pilot of the F / A-18 fighter plane, which crashed in 2015 in the French Jura, begins in Aarau before Military Court 2. He is accused of multiple negligent non-compliance with service regulations as well as negligent abuse and waste of material.

From December 9 to 11, 2020, the main hearing of Military Court 2 against the pilot of the F / A-18 fighter aircraft will take place in Aarau, which crashed on October 14, 2015 as part of air combat training near the French village of Glamondans near the Swiss border. The indictment accuses the pilot of multiple negligent non-compliance with service regulations as well as negligent misuse and waste of material. The trial is expected to last three days. Military Court 2 is presided over by Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Rüedi.

The hearing begins on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 8:15 a.m., in the Chamber of the Commercial Court of the Canton Aargau (Obere Vorstadt 40, 5000 Aarau). It's public. The number of visitor places is limited due to the protective measures in connection with COVID-19.

Media representatives and other interested persons who want to take part in the main public hearing are asked to register with the Communication Military Justice Department by Friday, December 4, 2020 at the latest. The registered persons will be informed up to two days before the main hearing whether they can take part in the main hearing. Identification and registration is required in the courthouse. The registered media workers will be sent additional information (including indictment) about the proceedings before the main hearing.

shortly after the crash a rapid response unit deployed to the crash site in France out of Meiringen

November 23, 2020

YORKNITE 2020 - night flying of Swiss Hornets in scotland

Our Hornets are migrating to the north again - since many years the night flying training campaign is held in Norway and Scotland. Up to ten Hornets will be based on RAF Leeming from November 24th 'til December 18th,2020.

press release - source:





November 18, 2020

Air2030: Second proposals for new fighter aircraft and extended-range ground-based air defence systems received

 (press release text - source) 

Bern, 18.11.2020 - The government authorities of the potential candidates for a new fighter aircraft (NFA) and an extended-range ground-based air defence system (Bodluv GR) submitted their second proposal to armasuisse on November 18, 2020. With that, armasuisse starts to work on the evaluation reports, which are planned to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.


On November 18, 2020, armasuisse received the second proposals for new fighter aircraft from the government authorities of the four potential manufacturers: Germany (Airbus Eurofighter), France (Dassault Rafale) and the USA (Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed-Martin F-35A). In the second request for proposal, the companies contacted via the government authorities were requested to submit the most advantageous proposal for Switzerland.


The proposals include the following elements:

• prices for 36 and 40 aircraft, including defined logistics and weapons, as a binding starting point for the detailed negotiations with the selected candidate after the type selection

• offers for cooperation between the armed forces and the procurement authorities of Switzerland and those of the supplier country

• envisaged or already initiated offset projects


New extended-range ground-based air defence system

On November 18, 2020, armasuisse received the second proposals for extended-range ground-based air defence systems from the government authorities of the two potential manufacturers: France (Eurosam SAMP/T) and the USA (Raytheon Patriot). As with the new fighter aircraft, the companies contacted via the government authorities were requested to submit the most advantageous proposal for Switzerland..


The offers include the following elements:

• price for extended-range ground-based defence systems capable of covering at least 15,000 km2, including defined logistics and weapons, as a binding starting point for the detailed negotiations with the selected candidate after the type selection

• offers for cooperation between the armed forces and the procurement authorities of Switzerland and those of the supplier country

• envisaged or already initiated offset projects


Next steps in the Air2030 programme

The overall benefit of each system will be determined using the information from the second proposal and the findings from the various testing activities. The results, together with a comprehensive risk analysis, will feed into the evaluation report, where the overall benefit of the new fighter aircraft and the new extended-range ground-based air defence system will be set against the costs of procurement and 30 years of operation. The evaluation reports are planned to be concluded in the 1st quarter of 2021. The type selection by the Federal Council is planned for both systems in the 2nd quarter of 2021.


Address for enquiries


Kaj-Gunnar Sievert

Head of Communications armasuisse

+41 58 464 62 47





November 11, 2020

Recertification of common training area Italy - Switzerland (LBA)


Introduced as an test in 2009, the common training area above Misox/Chiavenna/Engiadina and Veltlin is recertified by both partners on November 11th, 2020.

Both Air Forces can use this area - especially with the training of medium range air-to-air combats with AIM-120 AMRAAM Switzerland is in need of some bigger combat areas. 

Italy Air Force can also use Emmen and Payerne to guide intercepted aircrafts for a landing in Switzerland.
 

Source: https://www.admin.ch/gov/de/start/dokumentation/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-81069.html



November 03, 2020

Flight activity schedule for MEIRINGEN 2021

 After the strange year 2020, we will try it again in 2021 - Meiringen has published the new schedule already !

Planning includes weeks with activity on based F-5 Tiger II and PC-21.

Public Basevisits (inside !) on april 21st and october 27th, inscription at local tourism organisation.