Niederstetten Air Base

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Niederstetten Air Base
Heeresflugplatz Niederstetten
Summary
Airport type Military/Civilian
Owner Federal Ministry of Defence
Operator German Army
Location Niederstetten
Built 1936
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Henne
Occupants German Army Aviation Corps
Elevation AMSL 1,535 ft / 468 m
Coordinates 49°24′03″N 09°55′05″E / 49.40083°N 9.91806°E / 49.40083; 9.91806
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 1,391 4,383 Concrete

Niederstetten Air Base (German: Heeresflugplatz Niederstetten, ICAO: ETHN) is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the city of Niederstetten in Northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

In 1936 construction of an air field for the Luftwaffe was completed. However, no permanent buildings and structures were erected, indicating that there were no plans for a permanent air field. The base was used during World War II by several Luftwaffe units including night fighters. After the end of World War II the air field was abandoned.

Beginning in 1957 works started to convert the former air force base into an air base to house units of the recently formed German Army's Aviation Corps, utilising the facilities of the previous occupant. These final works were completed in 1962 after which numerous units were stationed at Niederstetten Air Base.

Currently, the air base is home of Army Aviation Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 of the German Army. The regiment, which was relocated to Niederstetten in 1980, is part of German Army's Airmobile Operations Division, the division's headquarters being in Veitshöchheim. Approximately 750 members of the armed forces are at present employed at the air base. However, due to further restructuring within the German Army Aviation Corps this number was increased by 600 in 2011.[1]

Army Aviation Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 is equipped with helicopters of the type Bell UH-1D. These helicopters are being replaced by medium-sized NH90s, 32 of which will be stationed at Niederstetten Air Base.[2] To accommodate the new aircraft an extensive building program started in 2007,[3] the first result of which was the completion of a hangar to house 8 helicopters of the type NH90 in February 2008.[4]

The air base is also used for civilian purposes, particularly for business flights and recreational purposes. In order to comply with EU regulations and to retain permission for civilian use, the runway was extended by 200 metres in 2011. [5] To accommodate the new aircraft an extensive building program started in 2007.[6]

Coat of arms of Army Aviation Transport Helicopter Regiment 30

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  1. ^ "Heeresflieger stocken um 600 Soldaten auf" (in German). Fränkische Nachrichten. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Startschuss zum Ausbau des Heeresflugplatzes in Niederstetten" (in German). Deutsches Heer. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Heeresflugplatz Niederstetten wird für Transporthubschrauber NH 90 umgebaut" (in German). ngo-online. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Bundesbau Baden-Württemberg Jahresbericht 2007" (pdf) (in German). Oberfinanzdirektion Karlsruhe. p. 40. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Industrieansiedlung mit internationaler Flugplatzanbindung" (in German). Stadt Niederstetten. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Heeresflugplatz Niederstetten wird für Transporthubschrauber NH 90 umgebaut" (in German). ngo-online. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 

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