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Beja Air Base
IATA: none – ICAO: LPBJ
Summary
Airport type Military
Serves Beja
In use 1964 - present
Elevation AMSL 636 ft / 194 m
Coordinates 38°4′40″N 7°55′42″W / 38.07778°N 7.92833°W / 38.07778; -7.92833Coordinates: 38°4′40″N 7°55′42″W / 38.07778°N 7.92833°W / 38.07778; -7.92833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01L/19R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
01R/19L 2,950 9,678 Asphalt

For other uses, see Beja.

Beja Air Base (Portuguese: Base Aérea de Beja), designated as Air Base No. 11 (Portuguese: Base Aérea Nº 11, BA11) is one of the most important military airbase in Portugal near the city of Beja, 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Algarve. It is used by the Portuguese Air Force and has two parallel runways in the 01/19 direction, the biggest being 3,500 meters long and 60 meters wide. The base is home to two training squadrons, one helicopter squadron and one maritime patrol squadron.

History

The base was established on 21 October 1964, originally built to serve as a training facility for the Luftwaffe, due to airspace limitations within West Germany. Until 1993 it was used particularly for weapons training, and in 1987 the Portuguese Air Force's 103 Squadron using Lockheed T-33 and Northrop T-38 aircraft was relocated from Montijo. After their arrival, the base started to host a mixed array of fixed and rotary-wing trainers, as well as maritime patrol aircraft.

Current state

The base is now modern and well-equipped, employing around 1,000 personnel. It comprises two parallel runways running north/south (01L/19R, 19L/01R), the largest being 3,450 metres (11,320 ft) in length and the other 2,951 metres (9,682 ft) long. A third parallel runway/taxiway supports its helicopter facilities. Beja Air Base is one of the most important training facilities of the Portuguese Air Force and during 2008 operated over 70,000 flying hours. The first training phase comprises flying on Socata TB 30 Epsilon aircraft, while the final course is made on Alpha Jets of the 103 Squadron which currently has operational 15 aircraft. The 552nd Squadron operates 12 Alouette III helicopters tasked with tactical transport for the army, helicopter pilot training and occasional search and rescue. The Alouette helicopters made a total of 314,000 flight hours and are due to be replaced by Agusta AW109 or Eurocopter Colibri by 2011. The 601st Squadron currently uses 7 P-3 Orion aircraft which provide 24/7 search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare cover.

Currently, construction of a civilian terminal is underway at Beja, the airport specifically aiming at low cost carriers.

Tenant units

Portuguese Air Force
  • 101 Sqn. "Roncos" (Roars) — elementary and basic flying training
  • 103 Sqn. "Caracóis" (Snails) — complementary flying training and operational transition training
  • 552 Sqn. "Zangões" (Drones) — tactical air transport operations and complementary flying training in helicopters
  • 601 Sqn. "Lobos" (Wolves) — maritime patrol squadron


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General Info
Country Portugal
ICAO ID LPBJ
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 38.078903
38° 04' 44.05" N
Longitude -7.932397
007° 55' 56.63" W
Elevation 636 feet
194 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 003° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY
Alternate Name AIR BASE NR 11
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR
Opr HO.
130.4
122.1
241.0
257.8
GND
Opr HO.
234.0
APP
Opr HO.
130.1
258.95
278.0
344.0
362.3


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
01R/19L 9682 x 98 feet
2951 x 30 meters
CONCRETE. 045RBWT NO
01L/19R 11319 x 197 feet
3450 x 60 meters
CONCRETE. 045RBWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC BEJ BEJA 105X 115.8 3.0 NM 189.7
NDB BJA BEJA - 376 4.8 NM 189.8


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel JP-8, SemiKeroscene MIL Spec T-83133, without icing inhibitor

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids PRESAIR, Air Compressors rated 3,000PSI or more

LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing
JASU RST-180
75kva AC 115/200v 400hz AIR 145-155lb/min@ 47-51 psi


Remarks
A-GEAR AAE-44B-2D(B), AAE-44B-2C. Rwy 01R-19L A-G avbl O/R with 15 min PN through BejaTwr.
FLUID PRESAIR LOX
FUEL 100LL, J8 (aft 1200Z++ Fri O/R 24 hr thru LPBJZPZX)
JASU (G-40) (GPE-160) (RST-180)
LGT ABn flg green/W. PAPI Rwy 01L MEHT 60.5', PAPI Rwy 19R MEHT 58.7'.
MISC NORDO will taxi only when marshalled by flw-me car. Ltd cross-svcg for acft--expdly. Apn 5 copter ldg areas for use SR-SS only.
OIL O-123-148
OPR HOURS Opr 0830-1715Z++ Mon-Fri. OT and hol 1hr PPR thru LPAMYWYB.



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