Kempen Airport

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Kempen Airport
Budel Aerodrome
Vliegveld Kempen
IATA: noneICAO: EHBD
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Budel Aerodrome b.v./ Kempen Airport
Location Budel
Elevation AMSL 114 ft / 35 m
Coordinates 51°15′16″N 005°36′03″E / 51.25444°N 5.60083°E / 51.25444; 5.60083Coordinates: 51°15′16″N 005°36′03″E / 51.25444°N 5.60083°E / 51.25444; 5.60083
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,199 3,934 Concrete/Asphalt
03/21 600 1,969 Grass
Sources: AIP[1]

Kempen Airport or Budel Airport (Dutch: Vliegveld Kempen), also just called Budel after the nearby town, is a general aviation airport in the south-east of the Netherlands located 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west of Weert and near the border with Belgium. Its main runway, 03/21, is a 1,199 m (3,934 ft) long asphalt runway. There is a second runway for microlight aircraft only, located next to the main runway, and is 600 m (1,969 ft).

The airport opened in 1970, initially only with a grass runway. An asphalt runway was created in 1991 of 930 m (3,051 ft), which was expanded later up to its current length. Approach and runway lighting followed, making the airport suitable for IFR flights. With around 80,000 movements (a movement being a takeoff or landing) a year, it is now amongst the largest general aviation airports in the Netherlands. International flights are allowed to and from the airport and it is used extensively by business aircraft, accounting for 80% of all aircraft movements.

Accidents[edit]

  • On October 26, 2009, a Pilatus PC-12 on its way to Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport crashed in a field shortly after take-off from Kempen Airport, killing the two people on board. An investigation was performed by the Dutch Safety Board however the cause of the accident was never conclusively determined.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EHBD – WEERT/Budel. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 24 Jul 2014
  2. ^ Dutch Safety Board (2012) - PH-RUL English Version 2 - Aircraft crashes shortly after take-off, report retrieved 7 November, 2013.

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