Welcome to the website of Low Approach.

 

Low Approach is a small team of enthusiastic photographers with the same passion for aviation. On the homepage you can find news about our projects and the latest reports published on our website. Please have a look at the menu above for all the events we did in the past.

We hope you enjoy our work and bring our website a visit as it will be updated regularly with stunning photo reports.

 

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Latest reports:

Spotting Maastricht-Aachen Airport TEFAF March 2017 NEW REPORT

 

 

TEFAF is one of the most important and largest art fairs in the Netherlands and even in the world. In 2017 TEFAF celebrated its 30th anniversary since it was created in 1988 as a merger of 2 smaller air fairs in the Netherlands and took place from the 10th until the 19th of March.

 

It has become a gigantic annual festival that attracts 100.000 visitors, not only from within the Netherlands, but also people from the rest of the world. During this fair the airport at Maastricht becomes very busy because the rich people use this airport as a hub to fly-in with...Read More

 


95 years ‘La Fayette’. Meeting de l’air, Luxeuil 1-2 juli 2011 NEW REPORT

 

During the first weekend from July 2011 the French Air Force organized a meeting de l’air at BA116 Luxeuil – St.Sauveur. I attended the spottersday on Friday and the first airshow day on Saturday and it turned out to be a nice trip to the Northeast of France with extremely hot and Sunny weather.

 

On Friday, in the early morning, more than hundred spotters were waiting at the checkpoint to collect their badge before entering the base. During a short briefing all participants got a schedule for the upcoming day and we were also been warned that we could expect a ‘big flying surprise’ during the spottersday. After the briefing we walked towards the flightline were...Read More


Musée de l’Aviation, Lyon-Corbas NEW REPORT

 

In the summer of 2016 I made a ‘Tour de France’ with as aim to visit a number of aviation museums in the southern part of the country. One of the lesser known locations on my list was the ‘Musée de l’Aviation’ , also known as ‘Espaces Aero Lyon Corbas (EALC), located next to the airport of Lyon - Corbas.

 

Normally you can only visit the museum in small groups, who are given a tour by ones of the museum guides. I wasn’t aware of this, but the staff was kind enough to give a ‘private’ tour, which resulted in the following set of photographs.

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3 Days in Delta Country NEW REPORT

 

From the 12th till the 16th of February, Tim went to France, to be more precise, the North-Eastern part of France. During his stay he had some really nice weather and coincidentally, in this part of France, there are also a couple of military airfields with some really interesting planes. Tim spent 3 days of spotting at BA-113 in Saint-Dizier and BA-133 in Nancy-Ochey.

 

On the 13th of February Tim drove to Saint-Dizier. As already said in a previous report, Saint-Dizier is the home base of different squadrons that fly the Dassault Rafale. When he arrived there the great sound of the Snecma M88 engines that were starting up could already be heard echoing over the base. As the security restrictions are very tight in France...Read More


Spotting Nörvenich March 2017 NEW REPORT

 

On Monday March 13th I visited Nörvenich airbase to witness the expected arrivals of nine Italian Panavia Tornados from 6° Stormo, that are based at Ghedi airbase located the northern part of Italy.

 

The day started very calm with only two local Eurofighter EF2000’s from Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader 31 ‘Boelcke‘ (TLG31) which departed for a short flight during the morning wave. Also one Bell UH-1D Huey from Transporthubschrauber-regiment 30 (THR30), deployed at Nörvenich for the SAR detachement ‘SAR 41’, departed for a local flight and was replaced in the afternoon by another UH-1D which came from Niederstetten...Read More


Spotting Eindhoven March 2017

 

At the end of March Dirk went several times to Eindhoven because the excercise Eart was held there, later more from this excercise in another larger report. Now we focus on what else could be seen. On the 25th I saw a lot of activity in the form of different commercial airliners like Transavia, Ryanair, Jetairfly and Wizzair. I was lucky that on this sunny day the special painted Wizzair bird (HA-LYG) was on deck. This special livery was created by someone from Malta by participating in a competition from Wizzair to create a livery. This paint is added for Budapest as candidate for the Olympic games in 2024. After a time it departed for another sunny destination. I only saw one military movement this day: the Belgian Air Force with a C-130H. Also two little planes could be seen in the form of a Ruschmeyer R-90-230RG and an in 1981 built Reims F172P...Read More


Open Door Saffraanberg - March 12th, 2017

 

On March 12th, 2017 the Royal School for NCO's - Campus Saffraanberg, near Sint-Truiden held it annual Open Door. This school, which was previously known as the Royal Technical School of the Air Force is responsible for the training of all future NCO's of the Belgian Defense.

 

The main purpose of this Open Door is to attract interest with the young population to pursue a career in the military. To stay on topic of our website I'm going to limit myself to have a look at the aircraft that are currently in use to train the future aircraft technicians of the Belgian Air Force.

 

As already said the school is located at Saffraanberg, near the former airbase of ....Read More


Sanicole Sunset Airshow 2016

 

On the 9th of September a lot of people headed towards Aeroclub Sanicole, for the 6th edition of the Sanicole Sunset Airshow. This part of the International Sanicole Airshow has grown over the years and for many aviation enthusiasts and photographers it’s one of the greatest events of the year because the atmosphere during this show is simply amazing. Although the show only lasts for a couple of hours, it’s really worth visiting because the light conditions you have on the displaying aircraft is really wonderful, especially when the sun has nearly disappeared behind the horizon.

 

The program for this year’s show looked really promising. The organizers from the airshow managed once again to attract some really great display items to perform at the....Read More


Spotting Koksijde AFB March 2017

 

 

 

Lien spend some holiday time at the Belgian coast from Wednesday, March 22nd until Friday, March 24th. Every day she also spend some time at Coxyde Air Base in the hope to see some movements from the based helicopters. On the 22nd she had the luck to see a Sea King Mk.48 performing cargo sling exercises on base. After this helicopter had finished the cargo sling exercises she was treated by some touch and go’s performed by NH-90NFH RN02. On this day there were also night flights and Lien managed to make a couple of nice shots from RN02 during...Read More


Bronco Nightshoot 2017

 

On Sunday March 19th the Bronco Demo Team organized its annual Fan Day at its homebase of Wevelgem, Belgium. During this event the aim is bring together the Rockwell OV10 Bronco friends and family members of the crew.

 

Since a few years the Bronco Demo Team decorates its demo aircraft in a special livery to celebrate a specific event. This year the aircraft will bring with Poppies from Flanders’ Fields to airshows all over Europa in order to support a message of peace and to remember those who brought the ultimate sacrifice during World War One 100 years ago...Read More


Spotting Eindhoven February - March

 

 

We published two new photoreports about visits to Eindhoven.

 

Testing a new lens is not easy when the weather is bad, but I gave it a try and went on the 20th of March to Eindhoven. When I arrived already a plane arrived. It was the Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier IA (LZ-PDM) afterwards some arrivals and departures from regular airliners as Ryanair, Transavia and Wizzair followed. The Royal Netherlands Air Force departed with a KDC-10 and arrived with the C-130. As surprise two Beech 200 King Air’s from the Royal Air Force appeared for a fuel stop after coming back from Denmark...Read More


Spotting Kleine-Brogel Airbase February - March

 

 

 

 

We added three photoreports on the website about spotting on Kleine-Brogel Airbase, the last report of the three is about the latest special paint in the Belgian Air Force.

 

The special painted F-16 from 349SQN. This F-16 is the FA-70 named “Razzle Dazzle” and painted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of 349SQN. After some touch and go’s it turned nicely in front of me...Read More


Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, Rockcliffe, Ontario

 

A few months ago I had the possibility to visit the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Rockcliffe, Ontario. When you enter the building one is welcomed by an inverted Canadair CT114 Tutor in the colors of the Royal Canadian Air Force aerial demonstration team, ‘The Snowbirds’. The remainder of the museum gives a more or less chronologic overview on the evolution of aviation in Canada. 

The origins are illustrated by the McDowell monoplane, a Blériot XI and a Farman MF.11 Shorthorn. The World War I period is very well represented in this museum. Aircraft from all major countries involved in this conflict are present in the collection. From Germany we have a Junkers J.1 and a unique AEG G.IV twin-engine bomber. During this period in history Canadian pilots...Read More


Spottingtrip Japan 2015

 

Visiting the land of the rising sun. Somehow this always intrigued me. I heard many stories of people who came back with amazing pictures. So after many years of making plans Peter and myself joined 4Aviation for their annual Japan tour in April. Not knowing what to expect, we joined the 4Aviation tour because there was next to nothing to be found in those days concerning travelling and spotting in Japan. So venturing out on our own was a no-go.

 

Soon we discovered that both were pretty easy if you know how and where to go. We visited the most bases on the main island during a two week trip. Although sometimes the pace was really fast. Spending too little time at one base at a time. During this trip we already made...Read More


Royal International Air Tattoo 2016, Fairford UK

 

As every year Low Approach also attended The Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016. Laurent decided to travel to the UK only for the airshow day on Saturday, the other six Low Approach members attended the airshow day on Sunday and the departure day on Monday. In this report you will find an overview what could be seen on these days.

 

This year’s main theme was 'The Next Generation', which witnessed the debut of the most advanced weapons systems platform in the world - the futuristic looking Lockeed Martin F-35A/B Lightning II with examples from the Royal Air Force, United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. Another theme was the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadets... Read More


Cologne - Bonn Airport Germany  

 

 

On the last day of august two years ago, Dirk decided to travel to Cologne Bonn Airport for the first time. What he has seen during his 5 hour long stay at the airport you find out in this report. First a little information about the airport: Cologne Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn, also known as Flughafen Köln-Wahn) is the international airport of Germany's fourth largest city Koln. The airport is located in the district of Porz and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve. The airport is centrally located in the Cologne/Bonn Region 14.8 km southeast of Cologne city centre. Cologne Bonn Airport serves as a hub for Eurowings and Germanwings, FedEx Express and UPS Airlines. It also is a host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC... Read More