Date

3 - 4 - 5 July 2020

Location

Sanicole Airfield (EBLE) Belgium

Slots

0 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 2019 / 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

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. This buffet is included if you ordered a catering package from Friday to Sunday.

"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.

Verhees Delta-2

Bart Verhees, designer and engineer of the famous Delta wing aircraft, will provide an inside view on his Delta 2 project. A unique behind the scenes presentation not to be missed! At the end Bart will be at his aircraft and maybe provide the opportunity to fly along.

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!

Pasta Lunch

Delicious pasta lunch will be served inside the club house. This pasta is included if you ordered a catering package. A pasta without package: 12,5 euro. Only available until 14:00.

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.

Exclusive Belgian Beer Cocktails

It is with great pleasure that we host Britt from BARONESS! Britt is a good-humored and award winning bartender, who will shake the most incredible cocktails with... BELGIAN BEERS!
She learned the profession at the European Bartender School in Dublin. Worked in the most exclusive hotels and won the Hospitality award at the Dominican in 2014, as well as silver at the Belgian Stella Artois Draught Master Championship 2015.
Creative, passionate, enthusiastic and ready to shake every cocktail! And... one cocktail is included in your package! Enjoy!

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. This buffet is included if you ordered a catering package from Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Sunday.

Verhees Delta-2

Bart Verhees, designer and engineer of the famous Delta wing aircraft, will showcase his Delta 2 project. At the end Bart will be at his aircraft and maybe provide the opportunity to fly along.

"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 on about 1 km from the airfield. It are modern single or twin rooms (seperated by wall) with shared (individual cabins) showering facilities. Free shuttle service will be arranged. Breakfast will be served at the airfield if you have a catering package.

Hotels in the vicinity of the airfield: 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 then Milton or Prince Royal is on best effort basis.

2 Day Pack

75
Pasta Lunch on Saturday
BBQ Diner Saturday
Breakfast Sunday
Bratwurst Lunch Sunday
Belgian Beer Cocktail

Milton

25
Single or twin room
Price per night and per person
Shuttle service included (~ 1 km)
Showers available
Pay on arrival

IMPORTANT: Prices for 2020 are not confirmed yet. They are based on 2019 and subject to minor changes. You may always cancel your reservation up to 1 day before the event without costs.

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.

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.

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