How many flight movements per year are allowed at the base?
There are no limits on the total number of flight movements, although agreements with the Netherlands do specify the maximum number of flight movements over Dutch territory. The total number of flight movements per year is determined by the number of pilots who have to be instructed and trained. With full manning of pilot posts we accomplish about 17,000 flight movements per year. Approximately half of these are executed in the flight simulator. Of the remaining ‘real’ flight movements, i.e. those executed with AWACS aircraft, about 65 % are ‘exported’. The remainder are routed over the Netherlands, subject to voluntary compliance with the specified maximum number. The present maximum is 2600 flight movements per year. Normally the number of actual flight movement will be lower as a result of action to combine operations and the usual ‘export’ of noise.