Spotting Group Koksijde

Welcome to the website of Spotting Group Koksijde. Our group collects people living near Koksijde Air Base which are passionate in military aviation. On the "Koksijde" page you can find more information about the helicopters based at Koksijde and the spots where you can see the action. We try to collect the daily military visitors and these are listed in the "movements" section. On the "pictures" page we show you the pictures made at Koksijde throughout the year. Off course we travel to other airfields around the globe as well, and these trip reports can be read in the "trips" section of this website. You can find us on facebook where we post extra last-minute info and news. We hope you enjoy browsing through this website.

Latest updates

Alouette III at Ijzertoren

The days are numbered for the 50 year old Belgian Navy Alouette III fleet as the retirement will be in the beginning of July. Only two of the original three helicopters are still in operational service and the unit only has two pilots and three Flight engineers left for the final missions. On the 18th of February Alouette III M-1 left Koksijde for naval ship Leopold I. They will first head to the Mediterranean and join the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and will support operation CLEMENCEAU 21. see more...

NH-90 Winching exercise @ Oostduinkerke

On Saturday afternoon February 27, the crew of NH-90NFH RN-01 did a winching exercise with the Belgian SAR vessel Brandaris in front of the beach of Oostduinkerke. This spectacular exercise at very low level and high speed (33 kts / 60km/h) attracted many people on the beach and was a great show of force of the crew of the 40th Sqn. This shows again how professional and well trained they do their daily job. see more...

Arizona Dream

From Friday 19th till Friday 26th of March, exercise Arizona Dream was held at Koksijde airbase in Belgium. The exercise was planned to be held at MCAS Yuma in Arizona/United States of America, but the corona pandemic forced Belgian Defence to look for a -closer from home- alternative, hence the name Arizona Dream. Arizona Dream was the very first exercise with the brand new Airbus A400M, this only 6 months after the arrival of the first aircraft. see more...