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Welcome to Runway 28. On this website you will find everything which is related to the modern military aviation. The reason why I have chosen the name of Runway 28 is simple. Runway 28 is the name of the main runway at the airbase of Gilze-Rijen. The hobby around the modern military aviation started a long time ago for me at this base. Nowadays, I still consider Gilze-Rijen as my home base. Because of this, there are a lot of pictures of the helicopters of the Defense Helicopter Command on this site. This website is my personal port- folio which is related to aviation photography. Runway 28 was launched in 2007. At that moment the website was not what it supposed to be. The development of this website from scratch until final product which is shown here has lasted two years at least. For me it was the first time I have built a web page like this. This web site became a comprehensive collection of photo- graphs and travelogues in the meanwhile.

In the trip reports section of this web page you can find story’s of my journeys in my own country and abroad. The trip reports are listed chronologically by year. The trip reports section tells us how I experienced the journeys in a personal style. Also they contain many informative aspects of units, locations and types of aircraft. Next to this each report contains an extensive photo report which makes the report complete. In the photo gallery I show especially my pictures which I’ve made at my own home base Gilze-Rijen and De Oirschotse Heide. Those areas are regular visited by me. Besides the pictures from my surroundings, I also publish my photos of reports that I've made throughout Europe which didn’t made it to the trip reports section. These series are not comprehensive enough for that section, but certainly worth showing here in the gallery. This site contain also an overview of all my publications next to al those reports. These articles may be published in several magazines but also they can be published on the Internet. The complete articles including the accompanying photos can most of the time be found in the magazines while on the internet most of the time only photos are published. Almost all articles which I have written for the magazines are also published on this website in the trip reports section. Enjoy reading these stories’s and watch the photo reports on this website.

With Kind Regards, Alex van Noye

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Training with Joint Task Forces

The APROC Course 2018, part 4; Gilze-Rijen, May 31, 2018

Since the EPRC organization began the training of Personnel Recovery in 2007, a lot has changed. The organization has grown over the years into a mature organization. The countries participating in the APROC no longer depend on third parties such as the United States for these types of PR missions. Every day, three Task Forces go on mission from Gilze-Rijen. There are three directions where helicopters can practice. These areas consist of a north-eastern zone, a south-eastern zone and a south-western zone which is located in Belgium.

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The Objectives of the Task Force

The APROC Course 2018, part 3; Gilze-Rijen, May 31, 2018

During the APROC, military personnel from different disciplines such as fighter pilots, helicopter pilots and soldiers from the extraction forces will work closely together. The APROC course starts with simple scenarios and will build up through the course to complex scenarios where cooperation is a crucial element for success. The EPRC was created to assist the countries of the European Union and NATO in educating and training military personnel who are able to retrieve their personnel from isolation in several hostile territories.

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The Impact of Isolation

The APROC Course 2018, part 2; Gilze-Rijen, May 31, 2018

History shows that personnel who become isolated in an enemy environment can have a major impact on the home front and on politics of a country. There are many examples from the past where people have fallen into the wrong hands. The European Personnel Recovery Center was established through these bad examples. Within the NATO, guidelines have been drawn up which determine the risk of isolation. This guideline is indicated as the SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract) guideline and will help soldiers to survive in the field.

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The Definition of Personnel Recovery

The APROC Course 2018, part 1; Gilze-Rijen, May 31, 2018

At the Gilze-Rijen Air Base, the international course APROC 2018 took place from May 21 2018 until June 6 2018. The purpose of this course is to train and qualify helicopter pilots and extraction troops in Personnel Recovery. During this training course the crews will train in different areas in the Netherlands and Belgium. The APROC (Air-centric Personnel Recovery Operatives Course) is a course where reasonably young pilots with no or less experience are qualified to save people from behind the enemy lines with the help of helicopters.

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