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News 20171123: An old glider back to the light 
This cold morning of Saturday november 18 saw a recovery team at Moircy to remove an old glider from its hidden place. 
 
The open doors of an old barn revealed a Schleicher Rhönlerche II registered OO-ZUP. 
 
Cancelled from the Belgian register on 13/1/1978, it was aquired by one of its pilot Marcel Janssens in the early eighties. Never used again and stored since that time, it was given to our association by the family Janssens thanks to informations of Firmin Henrard. 
 
The Rhönlerche is a classic tandem training sailplane and it was widely used in Belgium by the Cadets de l’Air and most of the aero-clubs.

News 20171012: A new acquisition at workshop
Monday, october 9th, a Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 radial engine has rejoined our collection. 
 
Mainly fitted on the Douglas C-47 Dakota and the Consolidated Catalina aircrafts, it was a spare engine not used for the Melsbroek Dakota Museum’s own Dakota and given to our association. 
 
One cylinder is missing as all the rear accessories casing and we already invite everyone who can help with these parts or join us to restore this engine. 
 
We are grateful to Jean Dries, the 15th Wing for the loading, Kipar for the van and Michel Huart for the information.

News 20170926: Open doors 2017
On Saturday September 16th, despite of unattractive meteorological forecasts, this year's open doors is closing off with great success. 
The atmosphere was very pleasant and familiar. The visitors were able to observe the new acquisitions as well as the progress of the BAPA projects and, in particular, the spectacular evolution of our B-25 . 
Bruno Scordo presented the aerodynamic wind tunnel Boréa and communicated his passion and his enthusiasm to all visitors. 
BAPA had the pleasure to welcome members of the Belgian Military Vehicle Trust who came for a courtesy visit with the "Woman Army Corp" and some WWII vehicles. 
The sky was particularly clement above the BAPA to offer a breathtaking aerial show with the exceptional passage of the national acrobatic team of "The Red Devils". 
Like every year, several stands were reserved for aviation enthusiasts who could buy books and collectables. Particularity of this day, the visitors were able to rub shoulders with cartoonists for a signing session. 
BAPA warmly thanks all the volunteers who helped us to make those Open Doors a great success.

News 20170826: Open doors 2017
With the spring come new visitors, among of them, the Witmeur family, the mastermind of the Belgian Military Vehicle Trust (BMVT), which is an association of Allied Vehicle Owners of the WWII. 
On the first weekend of August, they organize a large gathering at Fort Lantin and they invite us to participate with the B-25, that's all. 
We were excited because it was the opportunity to get a move on to the beast and give a maximum focus on our emblem and reach a wide audience. 
The task is huge because of a new dolly has to be made to carry it and all the structural parts used to put up the B-25 on the dolly have to be repaired. 
Furthermore, the BMVT overloads his demand and asks us to paint the B-25 and put the glasses in it ... At this moment, everything depends on parts that are manufactured externally and do not arrive. 
One month before the event, nothing could be done and we were about to give up when Wallis Witmeur makes us to know that the B-25 is her headlining. What is more, it is the 30th anniversary of the association and the 10th anniversary of the WAAF which requires a plane to show all their talents to create an atmospheres of time. 
Miraculously, the main parts that all depend on arrive at the beginning of July (thanks, SONACA!). And the process goes on. Unfortunately, after any repair, there is always more damage to be repaired, which reduces the working time for the paint. 
In the end of July, the team at work on de B-25 keep growing, almost all other projects are put on hold to devote the maximum resources to the necessary work at the B-25 and his dolly. The workshop is open every day in an atmosphere punctuated by the sounds of the riveter and grinder, flashes of welding and various swearings. 
Another miracle happens, our friend Thibaut, who has just learned to weld, reveals himself particularly gifted. 
The teams of volunteers are on their knees but, with 3 days of transport, the nose is raised gently on its cradle thanks to Roland and its airbags. 
The B-25 is ready! The BAPA Reserve teams are taking action to prepare and supervise logistics. Detail, it is necessary to move out half of the workshop to pass the B-25 towards the loading dock. 
The transport is tricky: Our package is 6m long and 3,05m high. Wallis Witmeur struggles and finally finds the carrier able to taking over our big package. 
 

But now, the latest surprise, the dolly of the B-25 is designed to run on platforms and not to be lifted with a crane. The only way to lift the B-25 without damage on the structure is to place the anchor points on the base of the dolly, which is 1.5 m below the center of gravity of the load. The download at Fort Lantin was epic. A few beers were usefull to calm the nerves of the "logistics" team.
But the reward is not long to come. As soon as set up, the B-25 reveals itself and stirs up the curiosity of our guests. During this weekend we had only to rest and take advantage of the more than enthusiastic reception of the organizers and participants of this event. Our B-25 is once again the star and we come back with a lot of beautiful pictures and memories. We will not do that every year ...

News 20170504: Romibutter OO-504
Another ultralight has rejoigned our collection thanks one of our member. 
The Romibutter is a Butterfly with a new fuselage fitted with an engine in frontal position. This unique ULM was conceived and built by Michel Rocourt, hence the name RO+MI+Butter. 

It ended its flying career some years ago and was preserved by Alain Blondiau until now. It is complete and exhibited at the workshop. It is one of the oldest Belgian registered ultralights to be preserved. 

More info soon on our website.

News 20170201: A New Browning .50 in for the B-25
BAPA warmly thanks Mr. Vincent Pécriaux for the donation of a Browning .50 "aeronautical version" machine gun in quite good condition. The internal mechanism and the barrel are missing. 
 
This machine gun has already found its place. It will be installed in the nose of the B-25. 
 
BAPA currently has two nearly identical Browning .50 "aviation" machine-guns. With these two uncomplete models, we intend to realize the drawings of a complete machine-gun and to be able to reconstruct replicas as close as possible to the originals.

News 20161211: New Albatros in the collection
This Saturday december 3 saw the arrival of our new acquisition : an ultralight Aviasud Albatros AE209 . 
 
It was given by Michel Baudrux who based it at the nearby Liernu ulmodrome. Except the propeller and two instruments, it is complete and in state of airworthiness. 
 
The Albatros was designed by the belgians engineers Bernard d’Otreppe and François Goethals who founded Aviasud at Frejus in France to produce their others famous ultralights : the Sirocco and the Mistral. 
 
Although french registered, the Albatros find its place thanks its belgian linkage in our collection. 
 
Many thanks to Michel Baudrux for this beautiful gift. 
News 20160919: open doors BAPA 2016 close on success
Despite a morning uncertain weather, the BAPA open doors were held successfully and closed in sunny weather. 
 
Many visitors came to watch our workshop and the progress of our projects and expressed their satisfaction. 
 
The exhibitors are satisfied with their day and have already indicated that they planned to come back next year.
News 20160810: Aerovintage at St-Hubert Airfield the 27 and 28 august 2016
On Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 of August, the BAPA will be pleased to welcome you at Saint-hubert Airfield, during the Aerovintage. 
 
Come and pay us a visit to share a friendly moment.
News 20160622: BAF days the 25 and 26 June 2016
On Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 of June, the BAPA will be pleased to welcome you at Florennes, during the Belgian Air Force Days. 
 
Come and pay us a visit to share a friendly moment at booth A.3.73
News 20160610: Donation of an engine Continental O-470 M
The engine Continental O-470 M (6-cylinder engine - 240 hp) is coming in the BAPA collection. In Belgium, this type of engine powered the Cessna 310B used by the Belgian Aviation School (Ecole d'aviation civile/ Burgerluchtvaart-school) 
 
This engine was delivered in perfect condition. This piece will be exposed after setting on a frame.  
 
BAPA warmly thanks Mr. Roger Poncelet for his donation and his confidence.
News 20160401: Donation of a glider "Jeunesse" by M. Pletinckx
The Max Williams 29 «Jeunesse» (modified) was given by Mr. Pletinckx in april 2016.

This new piece of our collection is in a quite good condition. This glider need to be cleaned and the fabric covering need to be replaced.

BAPA warmly thanks Mr. Pletings for this donation and his confidence 
News 20160305: NEW WEBSITE
BAPA is proud to present his new website with a new URL
http://www.bapa.aero. The purpose of this new website is present  the activities en events of the association.

www.bapa.aero present the workshop activities, thes collections, the flying squadron and BAPA's master piece: the B25 Mitchell. 
News 20160123: Shooting at the workshop
Some scenes were shot this saturday January 23th aboard our B25 at the wokshop. These scene are incuded in a short film witch will be presented at the Brussels International fantastic Film festival 2016.

This short film is directed by Olivier Mercks (Member of BAPA).