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

Sea Kings depart to Historic Helicopters

Sea King RS02 made its last operational flight for the Belgian Air Force on 13 January 2019, RS04 did the same thing on 15 February 2019. Since then, both helicopters were stored in excellent conditions at their home base and were put up for sale. Former Sea King flight engineer Brecht Vandecasteele has put all his energy to save both helicopters from being demolished. In 2020 the British charity organization 'Historic Helicopters' bought the helicopters to fly them again at airshows in the UK and abroad. see more...

Galileo International Sarmeet 2021 - spottersday

The only flying day during the Galileo International Sarmeet 2021 was on Wednesday 29 September. The organizers invited 300 aircraft enthusiasts, VIP's and press to have a day at the airbase packed with helicopter action. The aircraft spotters were located in an area west of the SAR-platform. Luckily the rain stopped during the morning just before flying activities started and we got a nice mix of sun and clouds combined with a strong fresh breeze. see more...

Galileo International Sarmeet 2021 - arrivals and departures

Five years after the previous edition of the famous SAR-meet in Koksijde, a new edition was organized from Monday 27th September till Friday 1st October. Three very dedicated 40th Sqn members (Major Aviator Ken De Feu, Senior Captain Aviator Valerie Verkeyn and Warrant Officer Brecht Vandecasteele) joined forces to host 13 lifesaving teams and 7 rescue helicopters from 12 European countries making the event the largest SAR meet in history. On Monday afternoon most flying participants arrived in glorious sunshine. see more...