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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:

Airpower 16, Zeltweg Austria NEW REPORT

 

In the first weekend of September 2016 literally hundred thousands of aviation enthusiasts gathered in Steiermark, the green hart of Austria, to attend a new edition of Airpower, the bi-annual airshow organised at Zeltweg airbase. Airpower16 is a joint organization by the Austrian military, the region of Steiermark and Red Bull. Each partner has as an aim to promote themselves in the most positive way, the Austrian military focus on the national security and air defense, Steiermark promotes their region for tourism and commerce and Red Bull want to strengthen their brand awareness.

 

The show was opened by a fly-by by an Austrian Eurofighter Typhoon, Red Bull...Read More


Aeroscopia, Toulouse, France NEW REPORT

 

In early 2015 the Aeroscopia Museum opened its doors in Toulouse, France. It is located next to Airbus factory near the airport.

 

The museum has the aim to bring the past, the present and the future of aviation together under one roof. As the Airbus plant is nearby it is no surprise that many of the exhibits in the museum have a strong link to European and French aviation. Virtually all aircraft in the museum were restored by the team of Ailes Anciennes, located across the street of Aeroscopia.

 

The beginnings of aviation are represented by a Blériot XI replica like the one used...Read More


Meeting aérien de l’EALAT, Le Luc le Cannet 2011 NEW REPORT

 

On the 18th and 19th of June the Meeting aérien de l’EALAT (École de l'aviation légère de l'armée de Terre) at airbase du Luc Le Cannet was held. The airport of Le Luc is situated at Le Cannet-des-Maures, 6 km east of Le Luc, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France. The airport is open to public air traffic, but has no commercial airline service. It also has military use as part of Base école Général Lejay, a French Army (Armée de Terre) training facility for combat helicopters and various ground equipment.

 

The airport is the home for Armée de Terre Fennecs, Gazelles, Pumas and Tigres attack helicopters. The airport is also being used by the German Army Tiger training school...Read More

 


Ramstein Spotting September 23rd & 24th, 2016

 

Me and my cousin went for the first time to Ramstein Air Base on September 23rd and 24th, 2016. The weather was very good and we managed to see quite a lot of military aircraft. Highlight was the very last Lockheed C5B Galaxy.

 

We located a very quiet spotters location from where we could see the aircraft nicely in the sun. As we stayed for the whole weekend we had booked into a great hotel very close to the base, the drive to the hotel only took us about 10 minutes. Overall it was a very good weekend for me, especially because of the C5s. Already on the Friday morning one of the first aircraft we saw was a ’mighty’ Galaxy that arrived at Ramstein. The noise is something that I will remember....Read More


Lajes Field

 

Lajes Field is the home of the United States Air Force 65th Air Base Group, which in turn is subordinate to the United States Air Forces in Europe. The group provides base and en route support for the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO, and other authorized aircraft transiting through the installation. Due to the global economic crisis, the US government decided to reduce the military contingent at Lajes to no more than 170 active duty personnel. In addition to the 65th Air Base Wing and the US Air Force Air Mobility Command’s 729th Air Mobility Support Squadron, Lajes Field is also the home for the 65th Communication Squadron, which provides communication in the form of High Frequency Global Communications Systems (HFGCS), ground radio, ground radar, SatCom (Satellite Communications) and cryptography to the...Read More 


Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, United Kingdom

 

A few months ago Low Approach published an article covering the Naval Air Days 2016 held at RNAS Yeovilton. In the morning of the air show I paid a quick visit to the Fleet Air Museum which is also located at this airbase. The pictures included in this article were taken that day, but I also added a number of pictures from the Cobham storage facility, which were taken by our member Ludo Kloek at an earlier visit in order to give an as complete as possible overview of what can be seen. The museum itself is chronologically organized giving the full history of the aviation element of the Royal Navy, also known as the Fleet Air Arm. In the first area a number of early aircraft are on display. One of the first aircraft that entered service was the Shorts S27. In 1912, a platform was constructed on the foredeck and 12-inch gun turret on the...Read More


Rafale’s from sunrise till sunset. Saint-Dizier 29 November 2016 

 

During an old fashioned ‘one day’ spottertrip on November 29th I paid a visit to Base Aérienne 113 at Saint-Dizier, which is situated in the Département Haute-Marne of the region Champagne-Ardennes. BA113 is besides “BA118 Mont de Marsan” one of the two bases that house the Rafale, nowadays the backbone of the Armée de l’air.

 

In the recent two years several changes took place within the French Air Force, and these changes also had their effect on BA113 at Saint-Dizier. Mid 2015 all the based aircraft replaced the ‘113’ codes on the fuselage from Base Aérienne 113 towards the ‘4’ codes from Escadre de Chasse 4. On June 24th 2016, Escadron de Chasse 01.007 ‘Provence’ departed officially from Saint-...Read more


CIAF 2006

 

In 2006 Dirk went for three days to Brno for CIAF (Czech International Air Fest), he went there for the first time so with not much expectations he departed by car to Brno. A trip from about 1000km.

 

Brno Airport ( Full name: Brno–Tuřany Airport ) is an airport in Brno, Czech Republic. The airport was built during the 1950s as a replacement for the old Brno airport located in Slatina. During the 1980s, the airport was handed over for use by the Czechoslovak air force. After the fall of communism in 1989, the airport returned to civil use and was operated by the state-owned Czech Airport Authority, so normally no military activity here except during the CIAF at that time. The last couple of years CIAF isn’t held anymore at Brno but at Hradec Králové...Read More 


Museumtrip Texas, USA 2016 

 

During the month of October i started my pilgrimage to the United States for a museum trip. Texas was chosen as the state to visit. It has been a while i made such a trip. So it was high on my ‘to do’ list. As always it started with a extensive planning; choosing the best time to visit weather wise, making a list of all the museums worth a visit (in this case a total of thirteen aviation museums), locating them on the Garmin navigation map on my Mac, followed by figuring out the opening hours of the museums. With al this info at hand a logical route is planned. Checking driving distances and times spent in every museum. When this is done it is time to fill in the gaps with wrecks & relics, spotting opportunities and some general tourism, to break the aircraft monotony. A golden rule, always be prepared for some alternates, just in case...Read more


"We fly to your dream" PTI Eeklo 2016

 

On 22 December an event, organized by the Belgian military, took place at a technical school in Eeklo. The event was called “We fly to your dream”. The purpose for this event is to let the youngsters see what kind of professions there are in the military. To give the youngsters a really visual image about the kind of equipment that the soldiers use, the organizers from this event brought some equipment and vehicles to the event.

 

For the air force part they even managed to present the newest helicopter, the NH-90TTH, to the youngsters! This helicopter landed on the nearby football field. Normally it was also planned that a Sea King would participate at this event, but sadly, due to the intense...Read more


Danske Teknisk Museum – Helsingør 2016

 

The Danish Technology Museum is not exclusively dedicated to aviation, but one has to admit that the aviation department is quite well equipped as it by far covers the largest surface in the museum.

Denmark is not very well known for its aviation pioneers, but after visiting the museum it becomes clear that the ‘dream of flight’ was also present in this country.

The earliest pioneer covered in the museum is Jacob Ellehammer. This Danish watchmaker and inventor developed an interest in aviation and build a series of

aircraft and helicopter prototypes in which he made a series of successful hops and flights. Visible in the museum are a replica of 1906 Monoplane, a helicopter designed in 1911 and a ...Read more


Open Door Metz-Frescaty 2007 

 

On 13th of May 2007, Metz-Frescaty Air Base held an open door to mark the centenary of the first helicopter flight. Metz-Frescaty Air Base was a front-line French Air Force base. The base is located approximately 8.0 km south-southwest of Metz. A military restructuring plan has ensured that the base since 2012 has closed and placed in reserve status.

 

We arrived very early in the morning at the entrance of the airbase, because the early arrival we stood in front of the row with many waiting people. We decided to first take a look at the static display, there were some nice participants in the static display. First I want to mention the Italian Air Force with two NH500E from the 208° Gruppo SVE stationed at Frosinone airbase...Read More


Militärluftfahrtmuseum Zeltweg, Austria 2016 

 

In the margin of Airpower 2016 I made a short visit to the Militärluftfahrtmuseum at Zeltweg. This museum (situated on base) gives an overview of the Austrian Air Force since re-creation that started in May 1955 by the victorious Allied Powers after, about 10 years after the Second World War. Amongst the limitations that were imposed by the Allies were the permanent neutrality of Austria and a number of restrictions in the use of guided-missiles in both the air-to-air or air-to-ground role.

 

In its early days the equipment came from various sources, which means that the museum has quite a nice collection of unusual or rarely seen aircraft. In 1955 pilot training started...Read More


Spotting at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, Montréal, Canada 2016

 

A few months ago I spend some time in Montreal on a business trip and the day of my return flight I had some hours to kill which I spend at one of the spotting areas at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. This airport which was formerly known as Montréal-Dorval is located about 20 kilometers West of the Montréal city center.

 

Despite the bad weather, it rained the whole afternoon, I used the spotting area located at 55 Street, which gives a great view on the 06R/24L runway. I spend about 2 hours at this location, before I returned my rental car. After check-in I went to the business lounge to discover that from that spot you also have a great view over the platform...Read More