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Gilze-Rijen Air Base (IATA: GLZ, ICAO: EHGR) is a military airfield in the Netherlands located between the cities of Breda and Tilburg. It is mainly but not exclusively used as a base for attack helicopters. The airfield has two runways, the longest being 2,980 meters (9,777 ft) long in the 10/28 direction. The shorter runway is 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) long and in the 02/20 direction.

Gilze-Rijen Air Base picture

History

Gilze-Rijen Air Base is one of the oldest airfields in the Netherlands, the first aircraft to have landed there being a Blériot in 1910. The first military aircraft activity dates back to 1913 when a Farman aircraft used the field for military exercises which established it as a military airfield.

Republic F-84 Thunderstreak as a gateguard at Gilze-Rijen Air BaseIn 1940 the airfield came under heavy attack from the German Luftwaffe, who later took control of the base and expanded it for their own use. While in German hands during the second world war, the field came under frequent attack from allied forces until the liberation of the south of the Netherlands, after which the British Royal Air Force took control of the airfield.

Gilze-Rijen Air Base picture

In 1946 the Royal Netherlands Air Force resumed operations from the airfield, using it as a training base for pilots and air traffic controllers. In 1962, training activity was suspended and Gilze-Rijen was reduced to a reserve base for bomber aircraft. Training activity was resumed in 1967 however. In 1971 the training activity was suspended again when a fighter squadron was moved to the airfield, which also included a significant upgrade of airport facilities. Initially the Northrop F-5 and later its replacement, the Fokker F-16 Fighting Falcon, were operated from the base up until 1995.

In 1995 as a part of a large scale reorganistaion within the Royal Netherlands Air Force the fighter aircraft were moved from Gilze-Rijen and instead the base became the home of Aérospatiale Alouette III helicopters. In 1998, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters followed while the Alouette III helicopters were slowly being phased out, with only a few currently remaining for VIP transport.

In 2009, helicopter operations from Soesterberg Air Base are expected to be moved to Gilze-Rijen Air Base, which will result in CH-47 Chinook and AS 532 Cougar helicopters being based at the airfield, making Gilze-Rijen the main operating base for military helicopters in the Netherlands.

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General Info
Country Netherlands
ICAO ID EHGR
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 51.567389
51° 34' 02.60" N
Longitude 4.931833
004° 55' 54.60" E
Elevation 49 feet
15 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY
Near City Breda
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR
Outside HO contact Dutch Mil Info 132.35.
125.325
369.5
GND
Opr HO
234.925
RAPCON WEST 123.575
281.475


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 6549 x 98 feet
1996 x 30 meters
ASPHALT - NO
10/28 9118 x 148 feet
2779 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN GZR GILZE RIJEN 111X - At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
JASU DSA 150
28v DC 25 amp, 115/208v AC 15kva 400hz 3 phase 4 wire

ST-56
56kw 28v DC 700-1500 amp


Remarks
CSTMS/IMG CSTMS avbl - 30 min PN.
FUEL A1+, J8
JASU 1(DSA 150) 1( JAS) 1( ST-56)
MISC Wx.
OPR HOURS Opr 0700-1545Z++ Mon-Fri. PPR H24.
RSTD Rwy 02-20 unfit for jet acft, no A-GEAR. F/W 72 hr PPR. Rwy 10 cable O/S.



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