Helis on the net

When I tried to find useful links on helicopters to check some logs, I did find the very useful Rotorspot by Jos Stevens.

When I first published this airblog post I was still looking for info on what at first glance seemed to be an Alouette II or Bell 47. It was static on the roof of the Free Record Shop office building in Capelle a/d IJssel, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It can be easily noticed when driving by on the A20 from Rotterdam in the direction of Gouda.

It appeared to be a phantasy heli, probably used for a film in the UK. It was placed on top of this office building as a silent protest, as this company was denied a heli-pad near their office building. (in 2009 this mock-up was still present.

Capelle, 27 Apil 2002

As a byproduct to my search I also came across Worldairforces.com by Chris Thornburg, then a 727 freighter pilot in the Pacific. I was very much pleased by the maps with the genealogy of manufacturers per country, to be found under Companies. Unfortunately this website appeared no longer live, and only available in the Internet Archive, where you still can find the majority of maps. This archived version stops after Great Britain.

On Kaetron, the program he used to generate these maps I could not find any useful info.

EBHN: heliport Meer

As I mentioned in my last post, that morning, 11 September, I went to visit the heliport at Meer, Belgium. I had driven past that spot next to the E6 several times, not to be missed due to the presence of a MIL 2, and wanted to have a closer look.

RJ-DAW, a fake marking

The log was posted in dutch-spotters at Yahoo! groups (you need to be registered to read the message). The log is also available in my own website, see report.

Thanks to Robert Branbergen for a correction.

The end at the beginning, 9/11

On September 11th I had planned to finally make a serious start with my Airblog, a blog dedicated to aircraft, and spotting in particular. That morning I paid a short visit to the heliport at Meer, Belgium. Just an ordinary day and just a business trip, with an opportunity to make a little stop at the heliport at Meer, passing by on the motorway.

That afternoon, while at a meeting in Antwerp, I became aware of the horror that came over the USA and the rest of the world. My colleagues and I were stunned, staring at our computer screens, unable to realise what we saw. Feeling in my stomach that something terribly important was happening, that the world would be changed after these apparant attacks.

I drove back all the way home in a kind of trance, the radio full with all kinds of news on the attacks. Glad when I was home with my family again.

That night I started my Airblog, not able to comment on the actuallity, only testing. My first post read “This is just a test. Life must go on”. That is the only thing I can think of. Life must go on, but it will never be the same. Aircraft and aviation can be so wonderful, so inspiring. They also can become tools of terror in the hands of dark forces. Let that not happen ever, ever again!