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Valkenburg Naval Air Base

Valkenburg Naval Air Base (Dutch: Vliegkamp Valkenburg) (IATA: LID, ICAO: EHVB) is a former air base located just south of Valkenburg, which is part of Katwijk and close to the city of Leiden, that was used by the Royal Netherlands Navyuntil 2006, being their base for the Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft. The Orions were sold to Germany and Portugal, resulting in the closure of the air base. Though officially closed as an airport, it still sees limited use for special events and by gliders and occasionally small piston aircraft, most of which from local flying club Aeroclub Valkenburg. Current plans however are to use the area for housing development, but part of the former air base may remain in use for glider flying.

Valkenburg Naval Air Base
Vliegkamp Valkenburg
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  • IATA: LID
  • ICAO: EHVB
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Netherlands Navy
Location Katwijk/Leiden
Elevation AMSL 0 ft / 0 m
Coordinates 52°10′00″N
004°25′09″E
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
(closed)
8,006
2,440
Concrete/Asphalt
(closed)
4,920
1,500
Concrete/Asphalt

History

Construction of the air base was commenced in 1939, but not completed before the start of the Second World War. Fights around the airfield during the Battle of the Netherlands resulted in significant losses on both sides. After Germanyoccupied the Netherlands, the German military completed construction of the air base for their own use, naming it Fliegerhorst Katwijk. It was used by the German Luftwaffe until 1943, when it was converted into a decoy airfield.

After the war it briefly served as a home for the Royal Netherlands Air Force air transport wing, but in 1947 the Navy received control of the air base. After Ypenburg Airport was closed in 1992, many VIP flights for the government and the Royal Family moved to Valkenburg. The base closed in 2006 after the sale of the Navy’s Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft. The former air base still sees limited general aviation, mostly by the local Aeroclub Valkenburg. The area is expected to be redeveloped for housing however, with flying activities most likely being suspended in 2016. One of the hangars of the base has been converted into a theatre, and is currently being used for the musical Soldier of Orange.

In March 2014 Valkenburg was used as the home base for both police and military helicopters providing security during the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. The military stationed Eurocopter Cougar, AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinookhelicopters at the former Naval Air Base for this purpose. For additional anti-aircraft protection, the NASAMS system was also deployed. To support the operation, temporary fuel and ammunition storage was created and a temporary air traffic control tower was established.

In January 2018 engineer Henk Hesselink announced that he plans to use the air base to launch drones using a circular runway.

Valkenburg Naval Air Base.
Valkenburg Naval Air Base.


Valkenburg Naval Air Base.
Valkenburg Naval Air Base.


Valkenburg Naval Air Base.
Valkenburg Naval Air Base.

 


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General Info
Country Netherlands
ICAO ID EHVB
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 52.166139
52° 09' 58.10" N
Longitude 4.417944
004° 25' 04.60" E
Elevation 0 feet
0 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY
Near City Leiden
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 122.1
134.15
257.8
369.725
SCHIPHOL APP
Opr HO, H24 avbl outside ROTTERDAM APP opr hr.
119.05
121.2
339.475
FALCON CREST 260.925
DUTCH MIL INFO 132.35
276.65
ROTTERDAM APP 127.025
119.7
281.05
362.3
PBV
Opr HO, H24 ETA calls at least 2 hr before ARR
3128
5705


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
05/23 8006 x 148 feet
2440 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - YES
16/34 4920 x 148 feet
1500 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN VBG VALKENBURG 049X - At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Oil O-133, 1010, jet Engine Oil (MIL l 6081)

O-147, MIL L 6085A Lubrication Oil, Instrument Synthetic

O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)

LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown
JASU ST-60
45kw 28v DC 60 kva 400 +- 1hz 115/200v 1 or 3 phase AC


Remarks
CAUTION Gldr and model flying act outside opr hr. Ints Schiphol tfc in CTLZ abv 2000' NEof a line 15 /33 cntr on Valkenburg.
CSTMS/IMG CSTMS - 48 hr PN.
FLUID De-Ice LHOX
FUEL A1
JASU 1(JAS) 1( ST-60)
OIL 0-133-147-148
OPR HOURS A/D clsd for other than home based P3 acft.


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