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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Wings Parade at Beauvechain airbase on 17 October 2013

On Thursday 17 October 2013, twelve new pilots have received their wings from Comopsair Commander Major Gen Claude Van de Voorde. Seven of them have received the specialised "Jet" training syllabus to become a fighter pilot, a single pilot is to become a transport pilot, while the three others are future helicopter pilots. The promotion has taken Capt Georges Jaspis - DFC (609 Squadron RAF) as godfather.

Promotion Godfather Capt Georges Jaspis in a Spitfire  during WWII

The new pilots are: 
"Jet" course: 
Lt Renaud Petitjean, Olt Lt Floris Kocken (Nl.), Olt Ralp Claessen (Nl.), Olt Julien de Soignies, Olt, Antoine Geyr, Olt Xavier Remacle, Olt Gert-Jan Van Cauwenbergh and Olt Joris Waterschoot.
"Transport" Course:
Lt Gilles Van Dyck (Luxembourg)
"Helicopter" course:
Kpt Katleen T'Hooft, Lt Stijn Soenens and Olt Jens Loobuyck

 The new pilots together with the two daughters of their godfather Capt Georges Jaspis and displaying the flag of his former wartime squadron; N° 609 Sq RAF.

Many Happy landings