Date

2 - 3 - 4 July 2021

Location

Sanicole Airfield (EBLE) Belgium

Aircraft

5 registered!

For who

Everyone welcome!

About Experimental Days / An organisation by Aeroclub Sanicole

Experimental Days is an event dedicated to aircraft builders and restorers. Aircraft from all over Europe fly to Sanicole Airfield in Belgium for a weekend filled with aviation joy. All aircraft of any type are welcome to join!

In 2017 and 2018 this event was temporary renamed to EFLEVA Days, to support the European Federation of Light, Experimental and Vintage Aircraft (EFLEVA), but since 2019 it is back under it's original name and concept.

Since 2015 Aeroclub Sanicole, known for its yearly airshow in September, organizes this event dedicated to aircraft builders and restorers.

It all started with a few club members who regularly visited fly-in’s abroad in their amateur-built aircraft. The Belgian regulations made such an event a difficult undertaking. Thanks to the support of EFLEVA, the Belgian Transportation Authorities and VVMV the permit to over-fly Belgium changed and made it possible for foreign aircraft to freely visit Belgium (conditions apply). Since then this event is known by many and attracts pilots from countries as far as Italy, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal,... and many more.

Register today for this unique gathering. You will not regret!

Register

Registration / Registration is mandatory

To register you simply enter your e-mail address below and press the "Request Registration E-Mail" button.

Within minutes you will receive an e-mail with a link to your personal registration page. You may register multiple aircraft at once. The same link remains valid to update your registration. If you don't receive a message ensure to check your SPAM folder.

Your registration will then be listed on the registrations list lower on this page.

We are pleased to announce that amateur-built and certain historic aircraft registered in European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) member states no longer require a permit to over fly Belgian territory for 30 days in a calendar year.



Remember to register your slot using the link in the e-mail you will receive. Your registration is only completed if a slot is selected. If you are coming by car you can contact us using the contact form below.

Event Schedule 2021 / This schedule will be updated regularly once activities get confirmed

Arrivals & Departures

Visitors will arrive and depart in their home-built or vintage aircraft from all over Europe. Please note that a slot is required when you plan to fly in.

Bicycles available

There are free bicycles available near the pilot lounge. Hilde prepared a nice tour or you can explore on your own. Keys are available in the pilot lounge.

"Fietsen door de bomen"

Freely translated as “Cycling through the trees”. This unique and brandnew local attraction leads you to the treetops riding your bike. Enjoy the local nature, the fresh air and the green scenery of the local town. This program is in co-operation with Hechtel-Eksel.

Pizza in wood oven (to be confirmed)

There will be a varity of pizza made in wood oven at 18h30. Price without package: €20 per person. This buffet is included if you choose a package.

Social evening with Belgian beers

Meet fellow aircraft builders, restorers and enthusiasts. Belgian beers and other drinks available at the bar. We offer regular shuttle service to accommodation.

Arrivals & Departures

Visitors will arrive and depart in their home-built or vintage aircraft from all over Europe. Please note that a slot is required when you plan to fly in.

Breakfast

Enjoy a lovely breakfast buffet in our club house to prepare for a day full of aviation.

"Gone Flying"

To get the most out of your flight, Hans will be your focal point for everything you wanted to know to fly around in our neighborhood. He will assist you with the preparation like weather, NOTAMS and airspaces. And review your plans to highlight the best landmarks and routes.

Bicycles available

There are free bicycles available near the pilot lounge. Hilde prepared a nice tour or you can explore on your own. Keys are available in the pilot lounge.

"Fietsen door de bomen"

Freely translated as “Cycling through the trees”. This unique and brandnew local attraction leads you to the treetops riding your bike. Enjoy the local nature, the fresh air and the green scenery of the local town. This program is in co-operation with Hechtel-Eksel.

Bratwurst & Belgian Ice Cream

After the huge success of last year during Experimental Days we couldn't do other than serving it again for Experimental Days. Enjoy!

Belgian's finest vintage aircraft

A showcase of Belgian's finest restorations and vintage aircraft. Weather depending Raymond will fly-in a selection of his aircraft and is more than happy to let us enjoy them.

Welcome Speech & Drink

A -short- welcome speech on behalf of team Experimental Days at Aeroclub Sanicole (VVMV) with a nice aperitif on the terrace.

Luxury BBQ

A luxury BBQ in the evening sun with a spendid view over the airfield. Price without package: €25 per person. This buffet is included if you ordered a catering package.

Social evening with Belgian beers & cocktails

Meet fellow aircraft builders, restorers and enthusiasts. Belgian beers and other drinks available at the bar. We offer regular shuttle service to accommodation. Cocktails are available until 22:00.

Arrivals & Departures

Visitors will arrive and depart in their home-built or vintage aircraft from all over Europe. Please note that a slot is required when you plan to fly in.

Breakfast

Enjoy a lovely breakfast buffet in our club house to prepare for a day full of aviation.

"Gone Flying"

To get the most out of your flight, Hans will be your focal point for everything you wanted to know to fly around in our neighborhood. He will assist you with the preparation like weather, NOTAMS and airspaces. And review your plans to highlight the best landmarks and routes.

Bicycles available

There are free bicycles available near the pilot lounge. Hilde prepared a nice tour or you can explore on your own. Keys are available in the pilot lounge.

"Fietsen door de bomen"

Freely translated as “Cycling through the trees”. This unique and brandnew local attraction leads you to the treetops riding your bike. Enjoy the local nature, the fresh air and the green scenery of the local town. This program is in co-operation with Hechtel-Eksel.

Bratwurst Sandwich

A great ending of the weekend and to prepare for your flight home. This bratwurst sandwich is included if you choose a package.

Belgian Ice Cream

After the huge success of last year during Experimental Days we couldn't do other than serving it again for Experimental Days. Enjoy!

Belgian's finest vintage aircraft

Belgian's finest restorations and vintage aircraft will be on display. Weather depending Raymond will fly-in a selection of his aircraft and is more than happy to let us enjoy them.

Partners / Thank you!

Testimonials / What visitors say about us

Accommodation & Catering / We provide the following options

We are now able to offer camping at the airfield! It will be next to your aircraft and only for the passengers of the aircraft. No campers allowed. There will be basic showering facilities.

If you prefer basic accommodation at a very reasonable price, the military housing may be an option for you. This facility is located at about 1 km from the airfield. There are modern single or twin rooms (seperated by wall) with shared (individual cabins) showering facilities. Free shuttle service will be arranged. Breakfast can be served at the airfield.

These are the hotels in the vicinity of the airfield. Please arrange your booking directly with the owners: Mezzo Hotel or Hotel Au Prince Royal or Hotel De Boskar 1773 or B&B Sneprooi or Alloggio Sogni D'Oro

Shuttle service to other accommodations than Milton or Prince Royal is on best effort basis.

Event FAQS / find your answers

Of course not! All enthousiasts are welcome! Our focus is mainly on Experimental and Vintage aircraft, but you can also register with your Cessna, gyrocopter or helicopter. You can even visit us by car.

We are not an entry airport for Schengen. You may enter via Kortrijk-Wevelgem, Ostend or Calais for those who are visiting us from outside Schengen.

Please first land at any entry airport before coming to EBLE.

Yes they are!

Please note that gyrocopters need a special permit from the Belgian government.

You can find the request form for this permit here: http://mobilit.belgium.be/nl/Resources/formulieren/luchtvaart/form_luchtvaartuigen_autogiro

In case you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Slots are not a rigid system. They are there to ensure spacing between aircraft and promote safety.

If you miss your slot for any reason you can book a new available slot on our website at any time or contact us for a new slot.

When you already commenced your flight you continue and keep a safe seperation between other aircraft.

If you can not make it, please remove your slot to give other the chance to use it.

News / The latest updates!

The Magic of Flight for Bode

The Magic of Flight for Bode

Do you like your aircraft as much as little Bode? He is having loads of fun with his uncle! I wish I had an uncle like Bode... :-) We are sure you will have loads of fun too when you register and join all other aviation enthousiasts during Experimental Days! Click on the image to see the full video.

Experimental Days 2020 CANCELLED!

Experimental Days 2020 CANCELLED!

Unfortunately, we have to cancel Experimental Days 2020 due to COVID-19. However, we hope to meet you on 2-3-4 July 2021.

Location

Aeroclub Sanicole
Kamperbaan 165
3940 Hechtel-Eksel
Belgium
+32 (0)11 34 27 39

info@experimentaldays.be

Pilot briefing

Registrations / All registered aircraft are listed here

All registered aircraft are listed below with their current slot times. If you would like to register then click the "Registration" button in the sections above. You will then receive an e-mail that guides you to your personal registration page. If you wish to update your registration you may use the same link to get access to your current bookings. In case you have issues with your booking you may also contact us using the contact form below.

Slot TimeCall SignAircraft TypeHome BaseTypePilot Name
Friday (09h - 12h)DEGUWCH7AEBLEArrivalWim Van Malcot
Friday (09h - 12h)G-IOSLRV9EGLAArrivalSteve Leach
Friday (09h - 12h)GJANFNg5EgcjArrivalBen Frederiks
Friday (12h - 15h)G-BJOTJodel D117Rufforth YorkArrivalAlan Kilbride
Friday (15h - 18h)G-AXATJodel D117AEGNUArrivalRobert Andrew Stocks
Saturday (15h - 18h)GJANFNg5EgcjDepartureBen Frederiks
Sunday (09h - 12h)G-IOSLRV9EGLADepartureSteve Leach
Sunday (12h - 15h)G-AXATJodel D117AEGNUDepartureRobert Andrew Stocks
Sunday (12h - 15h)G-BJOTJodel D117Rufforth YorkDepartureAlan Kilbride
Sunday (15h - 18h)DEGUWCH7AEBLEDepartureWim Van Malcot

Contact Us / We are happy to help you with all your questions