December 31, 2017

best wishes for 2018

Yes, the year has already ended in some parts of the world. Many good meetings with people and aircrafts - but with the loss of activity in many Air Forces due budgetary cuts I have not made too many pictures of our beloved birds of steel.
I've invested again a great part of my free time to discover the natural wonders of my area and found a lot of birds and other animals in less then an 1 hour cycling distance around my village. This mountain coat was walking towards me for checking me up, and I proved no harm. This and many other encounters througout the year will stay forever in my heart and I hope to catch many other local habitants in my area also in the future.
A big Thank You to everyone reading regulary this blog and staying in contact all over those years or discovering only a short time. All the best for the new year and see you soon again around some airfields (or in nature).

December 23, 2017

Merry christmas my friends

With greetings out of the wood, I whish you all a happy christmas holiday - Health, laughter and fun to all of you 🎅🎅🎅🎄🎄🎄🎁🎁🎁

December 20, 2017

No heavy helicopters for Switzerland

With the end of service life arriving for the Super Puma Helicopters in 2030 and the need of an transport aircraft, Councillor of State Peter Hess (CVP) requested some informations about using bigger, heavy-lift helicopters instead (September 23rd, 2015).
Today, the seven members of the Federal Council approved the study done since, rejecting the need mainly due budgetary causes.

The Council of State is the smaller chamber of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, and is considered the Assembly's upper house, with the National Council being the lower house. There are 46 Councillors.

 End of service life arriving for multiple systems in Swiss Army, Air Defence and Super Puma helicopters included.

Link (pdf), german:

Le Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral rejette l’acquisition d’hĂ©licoptĂšres gros-porteurs

Berne, 20.12.2017 - Lors de sa sĂ©ance du 8 dĂ©cembre 2017, le Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral a approuvĂ©, en rĂ©ponse Ă  un postulat du Conseil des Etats, un rapport Ă©tudiant la possibilitĂ© d’acquĂ©rir des hĂ©li-coptĂšres gros-porteurs. DiffĂ©rentes options sont prĂ©sentĂ©es dans ledit rapport, qui recommande de conserver la flotte actuelle malgrĂ© les restrictions d’emploi touchant les hĂ©licoptĂšres de l’ArmĂ©e suisse.
DĂ©posĂ© par le conseiller aux Etats Hans Hess, le postulat 15.3918 demandait au Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral d'Ă©tudier la possibilitĂ© d'acquĂ©rir des hĂ©licoptĂšres gros-porteurs pouvant ĂȘtre engagĂ©s par tous les temps Ă  la place d'avions de transport. Contrairement Ă  ces derniers, des hĂ©licoptĂšres gros-porteurs ne seraient en effet pas cantonnĂ©s aux engagements Ă  l'Ă©tranger et pourraient rendre de prĂ©cieux services en Suisse Ă©galement. Le rapport du Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral passe en revue les diffĂ©rences entre les hĂ©licoptĂšres actuellement en service au sein de l'armĂ©e et les gros-porteurs, notamment sur le plan des caractĂ©ristiques techniques et des possibilitĂ©s d'engagement. Les exigences posĂ©es par les engagements en Suisse et Ă  l'Ă©tranger, dans le cadre de la promotion de la paix et de l'aide humanitaire en cas de catas-trophe, sont Ă©galement analysĂ©es. Enfin, diffĂ©rentes possibilitĂ©s de dĂ©veloppement de la flotte d'hĂ©licoptĂšres de l'armĂ©e tenant compte de la situation budgĂ©taire sont dĂ©taillĂ©es.

Pas d'acquisition avant la fin de la durée d'utilisation de la flotte actuelle

L'acquisition d'hĂ©licoptĂšres gros-porteurs permettrait d'Ă©largir l'Ă©ventail des prestations dans le domaine du transport aĂ©rien en Suisse et Ă  l'Ă©tranger, mais des appareils de cette taille prĂ©sentent des inconvĂ©nients sur les plans financier et opĂ©rationnel. L'acquisition d'une flotte d'une taille semblable Ă  l'actuelle n'est finançable ni dans l'immĂ©diat, en raison du renouvel-lement planifiĂ© d'autres moyens de l'armĂ©e, ni au cours des annĂ©es 2020. Une flotte de taille rĂ©duite pĂšserait sur la flexibilitĂ© de l'engagement des machines. Le rapport arrive ainsi Ă  la conclusion que la flotte actuelle doit ĂȘtre conservĂ©e jusqu'Ă  la fin de sa durĂ©e d'utilisation dans les annĂ©es 2030 malgrĂ© les restrictions qui l'accompagnent et rejette l'idĂ©e d'acquĂ©rir des hĂ©licoptĂšres gros-porteurs avant cette Ă©chĂ©ance. En contrepartie, les hĂ©licoptĂšres Cougar de l'ArmĂ©e suisse bĂ©nĂ©ficieront d'un programme de maintien de la valeur, que le Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral entend soumettre au Parlement en fĂ©vrier 2018 dans le cadre du prochain programme d'armement.

Adresse pour l'envoi de questions
Karin Suini
Porte-parole du DDPS
+41 58 464 50 86
With Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III already out of production (and really too big for Switzerland's use), the search for a new transport aircraft will going on the next few years. Our Governement already missed a good opportunity to adopt a C-130 Hercules with the aquisition by Austria. Still my favorite solution, we should buy one more for Austria (also a neutral country with three C-130K at the moment) with all the maintenance and pilot school made there. One Herc available for our own flight crews with something like 24h reservation in advance and maybe in neutral or white UN colors. Win-Win for Austria and Switzerland.

Another very good solution for a new transport aircraft (my personal opinion) is Casa's C-295. Also in use by many nations in europe, this 'little Hercules' should give enough transport capacity for foreign exercises, helping continental disaster relief, immigrant returns (actually made via expensive civil charter and line flights) and organisations like the UN and Red Cross.

With maintenance costs of 2-3 millions CHF arriving for the Beech 1900D T-729 in the end of 2018, our actual transport aircraft should be sold and exchanged by two CL604 Canadair Jets of the REGA Air Ambulance.
The Pilatus PC-24 will be our new government jet aircraft.

Medium and heavy lift helicopters not in sight for the next decade
Transport capacity is surely needed in near future. But is an medium/heavy transport helicopter the better solution for Switzerland than an transport aircraft ?
Helicopters can be used like transport aircrafts. Less effective (slow if not transported in an aircraft) abroad, but giving new possibilities/capacities in and around Switzerland. The boost in transport capacity from the Alouette III to the Super Puma has given our army for the first time an effective and fast system for troop concentration/mobility. And with the humanitarian aid (Indonesia 2005), Security aid (Kosovo Force KFOR), disaster relief (Avalanches in Austria 1999) and fighting forest fires in Montenegro (2017), Israel (2010), Portugal and Italy (2017) - the Swiss Air Force has proven a high quality of working in difficult conditions and a fast line of command answering requested demands.
A Helicopter needs some equipment (engines, cockpit instruments, mechanics), and the difference in weight for that in a big or a smaller cell is not important. Meaning a bigger cell can transport more (in principe). With a cargo door in the back of the helicopter, equipment can be transported inside and giving some security regarding underslung loads. A typical heavy helicopter can transport 11t at sea level, dropping to 8700kg if he's armored and has some defensive systems installed (Cougar: 1700kg). At 3000m, the transport capacity resting at 4000kg (Cougar: 750kg).
Super Puma and Cougar helicopters are mainly used for transporting small detachments of up to 15 soldiers. With a bigger helicopter or a transport aircraft, the governmental 'security policy 2016' - more international cooperation and peace support - will be much easier to succeed. Today's Cougar fleet is not very helpful in tropical conditions, the main area where UNHCR needing help and Switzerland had to decline regular requests of this and other organisations.

You can find more information in the linked pdf above, but the end of the story was that heavy helicopters where surely a 'nice to have', but the actual fleet is capable of the most needed duties. Budget and personal limitations are also an important factor, but heavy helicopters are for sure to have a look at due evaluation after our fleet is reaching the end of the service live.

European and US models are surely preferred by our government due political and technical needs.

NH-90 is introduced in many neighbour countries in the last few years.
Germany is using the CH-53 Stallion intensively in Switzerland, training in snow and high conditions out of Alpnach/DĂŒbendorf and Meiringen. But the old gear is using a lot of maintenance and the Luftwaffe is interested to buy the new CH-53K model instead.

Already in use by Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, the Chinook whould be one of the possibilities for Switzerland.
Mil Mi-8 and it's derivates are still very interesting for transport capacity and combat proven. But with the political situation in Russia and expensive maintenance plus the compability missing to our actual systems still a no go.

An interesting mix of functions - V-22 Osprey

December 16, 2017

After the Calendar of Hunterverein Obersimmental, this time I've got other pictures pubished in the official Aeroclub-Calender 2018 too. Thank you very much, high quality calenders in limited edition. 👌

December 11, 2017

14 years ago - disbandment of Fighter Squadron 13

Time goes fast and with the disbandment of Fighter Squadrons 6, 8 and 19 this year the era of militia fighter squadrons in the Swiss Air Force is coming to an end.

14 years ago, December 11th of 2003, Fighter Squadron 13 was the first of the Tiger-(militia)squadrons ending her history. Still an impressive fleet of the Tiger F-5E/F aircraft where available, but pilots coming to the end of there career due age restrictions or have to transfer to other squadrons.
After an nice celebration in Emmen on September 17th, the final training course in Meiringen marked the official end of Fliegerstaffel 19.

last repetition course in Buochs

March 2003 - last repetition course in Buochs with the Fl Kp 20 (Flieger Kompanie, Ground/Maintenance for the Squadrons 19 (F-5 Tiger). Flights with Recce Sq 10  on Mirage III RS where regular.

 last training course in Emmen

Squadron 19 celebrated an Open Day for family members and made an impressive low flybye

final training course, Meiringen

Final training course of the Fliegerstaffel 13 in Meiringen, only bad luck (maintenance) provided an mass formation of 13 Tigers. Impressive lineup and already with an DSLR back then 👍

December 03, 2017

Big Birds in LSME December 4th/5th, 2017

Two of the biggest civil/military transport aircrafts are supposed to land tomorrow monday in Emmen for space and aviation  FIREWORKS ! parts:

Emmen 04.12.2017

STA1130 VDA A124 RA-82077

Emmen 05.12.2017

STD1300 VDA A124 RA-82077
STD1400 QAF C17A  Takeoff 1500 QAF C-17A A7-MAO on 6th December 2017

(Times in Local Time)

Not the most favourable weather - but a very rare sight indeed 👌

November 23, 2017

36 hours of QRA - long endurance test in Payerne

Since January 1st, 2017 - the Swiss Air Force is on permanent 15 mins Alert from 0800 to 1800h. Until 2020, the permanence will be increased to 24/365 duty.
This week, from November 20th to 21st, the Air Force tested a permanent QRA for 36 hours.

36 Stunden Luftpolizeidienst Bereitschaft erfolgreich getestet

Bern, 23.11.2017 - Die Einsatzbereitschaft im Luftpolizeidienst wird bis Ende 2020 kontinuierlich ausgebaut. Ab dann werden rund um die Uhr wĂ€hrend 365 Tagen zwei bewaffnete Flugzeuge einsatzbereit sein. Seit Januar 2017 ist die Bereitschaft auf 365 Tage – also auch an Wochenenden und Feiertagen – von 08.00 bis 18.00 Uhr erweitert worden. Vom 20.-21.11.2017 hat die Luftwaffe aber eine lĂ€ngere Bereitschaft im Luftpolizeidienst angeordnet.
In der aktuellen Phase der Umsetzung des Projektes Luftpolizeidienst 24 (LP24) zur Erreichung einer permanenten Bereitschaft an 365 Tagen wĂ€hrend 24 Stunden bis Ende 2020 ist die normale Bereitschaft von 08:00 bis 18:00 an 365 Tagen. Vom letzten Montag, 20.11.2017, bis Dienstag, 21.11.2017, wurde eine Bereitschaft auch ĂŒber die Nacht angeordnet. Insgesamt ergab sich eine ununterbrochene Bereitschaft von 36 Stunden.
Die Luftwaffe verfolgt damit zwei Ziele: Erstens wird immer wieder auf zufĂ€lliger Basis eine erhöhte Bereitschaft angeordnet, um unberechenbar zu bleiben, zweitens sollen mit diesen Phasen erhöhter Bereitschaft wertvolle Erkenntnisse fĂŒr die Umsetzung der nĂ€chsten Phasen gewonnen werden. Ab dem 01.01.2019 wird die Bereitschaft dann auf die Zeiten von 06:00 bis 22:00 an 365 Tagen erhöht. Ende 2020 soll die Luftwaffe rund um die Uhr wĂ€hrend 365 Tagen einsatzbereit sein.

Erhöhte Sicherheit im Luftraum

Die aktive LuftraumĂŒberwachung ist bereits seit 2005 verwirklicht. Dass diese wertvoll ist, hat sich erst kĂŒrzlich wieder eindrĂŒcklich gezeigt. So musste am 31. Oktober ein ziviles Passagierflugzeug ĂŒber der Schweiz einen sogenannten Not-Sinkflug einleiten. Dabei muss ein Flugzeug aus technischen GrĂŒnden, beispielsweise weil es Probleme mit der Druckkabine geben könnte, schnell die aktuelle Reiseflughöhe verlassen und sinken. Die Einsatzzentrale Luftverteidigung hat diesen Sinkflug aktiv beobachtet. Auf einer Höhe von ungefĂ€hr 3500 Meter ĂŒber Meer fielen ĂŒber dem Raum ZĂŒrich alle Daten des Transponders aus. Der Transponder erlaubt es der zivilen Flugsicherung, ein Flugzeug auf ihren Radarschirmen darzustellen. Bei einem Ausfall des Transponders "verschwindet" dieses Flugzeug von den Radarschirmen. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt hatte nur noch die militĂ€risch Flugsicherung Radarkontakt mit dem Flugzeug. Dies weil militĂ€rische Radars auch Flugzeuge erfasst und darstellt, welche nicht aktiv Signale aussenden. Dadurch war die militĂ€rische Flugsicherung jederzeit in der Lage, der zivilen Flugsicherung die Lage dieses Flugzeuges mitzuteilen. Durch diese Zusammenarbeit erhöht sich die Sicherheit im Luftraum. Gleichzeitig wurde auch die Deutsche Luftwaffe informiert, da der geplante Flugweg nach Deutschland fĂŒhrte. Im Deutschen Luftraum hat sich die Situation dann geklĂ€rt, das Transpondersignal konnte empfangen werden und das Flugzeug  wurde zur Landung nach MĂŒnchen umgeleitet. 
Das Projekt Luftpolizeidienst 24 geht auf eine Motion von alt StĂ€nderat Hans Hess (FDP/OW) aus dem Jahr 2009 zurĂŒck. Darin forderte er eine erhöhte Bereitschaft im Luftpolizeidienst auch ausserhalb der normalen Arbeitszeiten. Mit LP24 wird nun in vier Schritten eine permanente Einsatzbereitschaft von zwei bewaffneten Kampfjets innert höchstens 15 Minuten erreicht.

Adresse fĂŒr RĂŒckfragen
Delphine Allemand
058 463 22 58

Eidgenössisches Departement fĂŒr Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport  

Gruppe Verteidigung  

November 13, 2017

SCOTNIGHT - night flight training now with kilt

Like every year, the Swiss Air Forces sent some Hornets abroad for intensive night flying operations not possible in Switzerland. After many years in Norway (NIGHTWAY exercise), this year's host of the detachement is Lossimouth in Scotland. 
The following Hornets departed Switzerland for Scotland: J-5005/14/15/18/26/232/233

Statement of RAF Lossimouth via fb:

RAF Lossiemouth will host elements of the Swiss Air Force over the next month whilst they undertake their annual night flying training.
Exercise ‘Scotnight’ will last for a total of four weeks, with Swiss FA-18 aircraft operating for the first time in Scotland between Monday 13 November and 8 December, although only two weeks of the exercise will be specific night flying training.
Routinely, the Swiss Government does not permit night flying and as such, the Swiss Air Force generally exercises over Norway; however, due to the Norweigian air base closing for renovation, RAF Lossiemouth has been chosen as a suitable alternative.

In total the Swiss will be bringing ten aircraft and 100 support personnel to Moray, with the crews and engineers getting to enjoy the local area in any spare time they may have. Lieutenant Colonel Aldo Wicki, the detachment Commander said:
“The whole team are hugely looking forward to coming to Scotland for what will be the first time for many of us. It will be a fantastic opportunity not only to train our skills on night-missions and work alongside the Royal Air Force, but aslo to enjoy the Scottish hospitality.”

November 09, 2017

Swiss Hornet - past, present and future

In the aftermath of the NO to finance the Gripen (Federal Votation of Mai 18th, 2014), politic and military leaders of Switzerland are still searching a solution for the future of our Air Force.

From one of the most modern forces in Cold War with more than 750 combat jet aircrafts, Switzerland will becoming an force with only 33 Hornets soon (from 37 delivered four had crashed since):

1960: 182/250/39 DeHavilland Vampire/Venom/Vampire Trainer, 100 Hunter F Mk 58
1980: 103/250/39 DeHavilland Vampire/Venom/Vampire Trainer, 100/52/8 Hunter F Mk 58/F Mk 58A/T Mk 68, 1/36/18/4 Dassault Mirage IIIC/IIIS/RS/B-DS, 66/6 Northrop F-5E/F
1991 (end of Berlin Wall): 100/52/8 Hunter F Mk 58/F Mk 58A/T Mk 68, 1/36/18/4 Dassault Mirage IIIC/IIIS/RS/DS, 98/12 Northrop F-5E/F, 19 BAe Hawk Mk66
2000: 18/4 Dassault Mirage IIIRS/DS, 98/12 Northrop F-5E/F, 19 BAe Hawk Mk66, 26/7 Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet
2015: 30/6 Northrop F-5E/F, 26/5 Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet
2020: 25/5 Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet

(Numbers of Vampire/Venom/Hunter/Mirage and Tiger not corrected due crashes)

Flightworthy Tiger F-5E/F will be decreasing from year to year due policy of not making big maintenances anymore and the last flight will be in between 2018 and 2025 (politic/military sends out other dates every couple of months).

Upgrades/Retrofits of the Swiss Air Force Hornet:
2006: all Hornets received Update21 Phase 1 withhin the budget of 220 Mio CHF (RP 2001): new system software OFP 17C (Operational Flight Program), IFF (Identification Friend/Foe (Bird Slicer antennas)) AN/APX-111 Combined Interrogator Transponder, CIT), exchange of the DMS (Digital Moving Map) with TAMMAC (Tactical Aircraft Moving Map Capability), a new AMU (Advanced Memory Unit) and preparations (Software) for JHMCS and MIDS-Link16-Datalink installed by Phase 2.
2007 - 13: all Hornets received Update21 Phase 2 withhin the budget of 292 Mio CHF (RP 2003) with new system software OFP 19C, Link16 Datalink MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System), Software for using the new AIM-9X Sidewinder and JHMCS, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System)
2013-2016: Last modifications on the Hornet made by  RUAG with Upgrade25, integration of the ATFLIR Pod and carrier of up to 10 AIM-120C-7 possible now.

Problems with the Hornets:
Hornets will reach there service time limit of 5000 flighthours in 2025. The limit was already increased due production. Also, some avionic parts are no longer available. 124 structural parts like fuel tanks, steering cylinders and Flaps has to be changed already 'till 2025.
Possible Solution: Increasing the service time limit to 6000 flighhours. With that the fleet can fly 'till 2030. Not an option are further reductions of flightours per squadron pilot, actually 120 hours per year.

Some of the 124 structural parts to be changed for 2016-2025, not including the increase of the service life up to 6000 flighthours - copyright VBS. Hornet J-5003 is the first aircraft for the modifications.

Political question:
The Air Force want's not only increasing the flighthours, but also put some modern systems in the upgrade program. For example:
- upgrade of the 2nd generation communication system to a modern 5th generation system like the Super Hornet
- upgrade of LINK16 hardware to the same system like on the Super Hornet
- change of the actual Night Vision Goggles to the new Night Vision Cueing Device integrated in the helmet.

With all those changes, the Swiss Hornet will be state of the art 'till 2030. Without those modifications on the sensors, it will loose some superiority from 2025 on but still is an very capable aircraft in the role of Air Policy.

Politicians and Military have to watch other Air Arms around Switzerland with the upgrade of there fleets. A lot of Air Forces are not as fast as whished with the integration of state of the art technology - are we willing to reach them with a new fighter in 2030 or do we want the Hornet to have this technology 'till 2025 already ?

(scroll down for more investments needed by swiss defence forces)

Links for further infos (german):

The three european aircrafts ready to participe in the Evaluation

Up to 19 billion Swiss Francs needed 'till 2035

Air Force and Army has to exchange multiple systems in the very near future: Air Defense, Super Puma and tanks are also arriving the end of there service life. 2018 - 2021 around 3 billion CHF are already spoken for new personal equipment, Communication and Night vision devices, modernisation of the Spz (SchĂŒtzenpanzer) 2000, modernisation of the Cougar Helicopters and FLORAKO Air Defence system.

November 04, 2017

Re-edition of the Book ''L'Histoire des Mirage suisses''

Long time sold out, this very good book should be in everyones posession interested in the Swiss Air Force. Although in french, the informations about our only Mach 2 aircraft are great. Many, many pictures (and yes, some are mine), a lot of aircraft profiles and a special view to the flight gear and helmets used mande a very nice book, the icecream top are the personal histories of Swiss Air Force Pilots with Dassault's well known aircraft. The reedition has some corrections made over the years and is a bit cheaper, one idea more to buy it:

L'Histoire des Mirage suisses | En cours de rĂ©Ă©dition | plus d’informations ultĂ©rieurement (03.11.2017)
Ce n’est pas un mirage, la seconde Ă©dition arrive enfin ! Vous ĂȘtes nombreux Ă  l’attendre, depuis longtemps… Il ne fĂ»t pas Ă©vident de trouver le temps de remettre le nez dans cet ancien projet. En effet, l’imprimeur de la premiĂšre Ă©dition ayant fait faillite, il a fallu adapter le fichier pour un autre imprimeur. La demande Ă©tant moins Ă©levĂ©e que pour l’Ă©dition originale, il a fallu trouver un imprimeur acceptant de produire un faible lot Ă  un prix raisonnable. Ce livre Ă©tant une autoĂ©dition de l’imprimerie Ă  la vente, les coĂ»ts restent le problĂšme majeur. Peu de changements, donc, par rapport Ă  la premiĂšre Ă©dition. Quelques fautes ici et lĂ  ont Ă©tĂ© corrigĂ©e. Certains graphismes ont Ă©tĂ© allĂ©gĂ©. Pour des raisons de budget, le livre aura une couverture souple, dos carrĂ© collĂ©, et non plus une couverture rigide, dos carrĂ© cousu. (Le prix sera moins Ă©levĂ©, estimĂ© Ă  environ 45 CHF, au lieu de 69 CHF). Le premier exemplaire test sera validĂ© dans le courant de la semaine du 6 novembre 2017. Puis, si le prototype donne satisfaction, l’impression dĂ©butera dans le courant de la semaine du 13 novembre. En parallĂšle, une page sera publiĂ©e sur notre site internet pour effectuer les (prĂ©)commandes. Toutes les personnes inscrites par e-mail recevront un rappel pour pouvoir passer commande. Le livre sera exclusivement disponible depuis notre site ! Les frais de livraisons de la poste suisse, en direction de la France, Ă©tant tout simplement prohibitifs pour le client, les envois seront effectuĂ©s depuis la France, directement.

Les commentaires sur le contenu du livre, de l’excellent site aerostories, restent d’actualitĂ© :

L’aperçu du livre est toujours disponible ci-dessous. Je remercie toutes les personnes qui sont dĂ©jĂ  inscrite par e-mail, pour leurs intĂ©rĂȘts et leurs commentaires. Vous pouvez continuer Ă  vous inscrire via notre formulaire de contact, pour manifester votre intĂ©rĂȘt, et ĂȘtre averti dĂšs qu’il sera possible de passer commande.

October 30, 2017

Switzerland sent 3 Super Puma to fight forest fire in Italia's Piémont and Lombardy

EDIT: on wednesday the three helicopters came back after sucessful mission - pictures:

Three Helicopters Super Puma / Cougar are sent this afternoon to Northern Italy for fighting the fire ravaging the areas since last week. Hundreds of habitants where already evacuated, Italians Protezione Civil received also help with an humanitarian detachment arriving in Bergamo.

Incendies au Nord de l’Italie: La Suisse envoie des hĂ©licoptĂšres et des Ă©quipes

Berne, 30.10.2017 - La Suisse apporte un renfort Ă  l’Italie pour Ă©teindre les feux qui ravagent plusieurs localitĂ©s du PiĂ©mont et de Lombardie depuis une semaine. Trois Super Puma de l’ArmĂ©e suisse participeront aux opĂ©rations d’extinction dĂšs cet aprĂšs-midi. ParallĂšlement, un dĂ©tachement humanitaire se rend Ă  Bergamo oĂč il intĂ©grera le centre des opĂ©rations de la protection civile italienne.
Depuis une semaine, le nord de l’Italie est en proie Ă  des incendies qui ont ravagĂ© plusieurs hectares de forĂȘts. Des centaines d’habitants en Lombardie et au PiĂ©mont ont dĂ» ĂȘtre Ă©vacuĂ©s. La sĂ©cheresse et l’intensitĂ© des vents compliquent la tĂąche des sapeurs-pompiers.
La Suisse a rĂ©pondu positivement Ă  la demande de l’Italie pour des renforts aĂ©riens. Ce matin, le Conseil fĂ©dĂ©ral a donnĂ© son accord pour le dĂ©ploiement de trois hĂ©licoptĂšres de type Super Puma. Les appareils ont quittĂ© la base aĂ©rienne de Magadino Ă  Locarno pour intervenir sur les feux dans la rĂ©gion de la Lombardie.
Un dĂ©tachement du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire a rejoint l’aĂ©roport de Bergamo oĂč est installĂ© le centre de gestion des crises de la protection civile italienne pour ces opĂ©rations. L’Ă©quipe, qui comprend deux experts de l’ArmĂ©e Suisse en extinction des feux de forĂȘts, assurera la coordination avec les autoritĂ©s locales et facilitera les opĂ©rations des hĂ©licoptĂšres suisses.
La mission est placĂ©e sous la responsabilitĂ© gĂ©nĂ©rale de l’Aide humanitaire de la ConfĂ©dĂ©ration qui est rattachĂ©e Ă  la Direction du dĂ©veloppement et de la coopĂ©ration (DDC), en Ă©troite collaboration avec l’ArmĂ©e Suisse. Elle s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un accord de coopĂ©ration et d’assistance entre la Suisse et l’Italie en cas de catastrophe. AprĂšs les incendies au MontĂ©nĂ©gro et au Portugal, il s’agit de la troisiĂšme action conjointe de l’Aide humanitaire de la DDC et de l’ArmĂ©e suisse cette annĂ©e.

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Fax: +41 58 464 90 47

October 24, 2017

Special photo opportunities in Meiringen

 I think 'till 2011 it was aloud to take pictures of Hornets in front of the mountain caverns, from there was my last series taken anyway. Then it became forbidden due the new regulations with the Hornet upgrades.

Now it was time to try again - with official permission and as a small group due an special basevisit.

Hornet sneaks out of the mountain

Two Hornets with running engines, preflight checks with Hook down

Without the mechanics and all the flight activity is not possible

Some other special, but not too special if you know me, positions on that day ;)