Frisian Flag 2018

Between 9 and the 20th of April! More information coming soon.

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Frisian Flag 2018

Between 9 and the 20th of April, a large exercise will be held at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. The exercise is called Frisian Flag 2018. Participating aircraft from several countries in the world will be airborne twice a day. The purpose of Frisian Flag is preparing for any conflict, the main reason is cooperation between the multiple countries. Every other nation speaks another language and is it important that everyone will speak the same during conflict situations. There has been already some conflicts in the past, like in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and some other countries. Thanks to exercises like Frisian Flag it is possible to actually train the cooperative actions.

This exercise has not been officially confirmed yet! More information coming soon.

Participants:

Departs fromAircraft typeOriginAdditional info
Leeuwarden AB, EHLW8x EF2000*Germany, GAF-
12x F-15C/D*United States,USAFANG
xx F-16AM/BM*the Netherlands, RNLAF312, 313 & 322(host) squadron
4x Mirage 2000D*France, FAF-
Rafale*France, FAF
Eindhoven AB, EHEH1x C-130H*the Netherlands, RNLAFSupport role
1x KDC-10*the Netherlands, RNLAFAerial refuel
Geilenkirchen, ETNG1x E-3*NATOAWACS
Avord AB, LFOA1x E-3F*France, FAFAWACS

* = NOT confirmed (yet)

Extra information
The Participators will fly in 2 waves per day. The airborne times:

9 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
10 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
11 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
12 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
13 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
14 April 2018: No movements
15 April 2018: No movements
16 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
17 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
18 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
19 April 2018: 9.30-12.00 & 13.30-16.00
20 April 2018: 9.30-12.00

The Frisian Flag participants will NOT fly during the weekend!

Red = Training area TRA01 t/m 10 + EHR02. Yellow = Cornfield Area (EHR04).

There are a few area’s in the Dutch airspace where the participants will fly. That will be in the TRA01 ’till 10, those TRA’s are placed above the North sea, the airspace is limited from ground level to 55000 feet / FL550 (= 16,8km). Besides that the Cornfield area will be active as well for air-to-ground practicing. Also the Marnewaard area will be active. There will be a minimum altitude of 1200 feet in the TMA A, that won’t be the case overhead the Waddenzee, there it will be a minimum of 1500 feet.

Information for spotters
Frisian Flag is an exercise that will be visited by a lot of spotters. Many people want to come and see these aircraft depart and arrive at Leeuwarden Air Base. The lucky part is that everyone can actually visit it. There’s a small hill next to the threshold of runway 05, the hill is specially made for the aircraft spotters. During most of the days runway 05-23 will be in use at the airbase, so that’s why we will strongly recommend you to visit the ‘spottersbult’. All the spotterslocations can be found on Google Maps in the bottom section of this webpage.

This exercise has not been officially confirmed yet! More information coming soon.

Spottersbult

You can visit the spottersbult. The most spotters make use of this area. Make sure to follow the instructions of military personnel, the police and traffic controllers.

Spottersplace 2

This spotters-place is along the road, you can easily park your car there and stand next to the road. Make sure to follow the instructions of military personnel, the police and traffic controllers.

Spottersplace 3

This spotters-place is in the grassland, you can easily park your car there and stand next to the road. Make sure to follow the instructions of military personnel, the police and traffic controllers.
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