Published monthly? First published circa 1972 under the title Airnieuws-Rotterdam. Renamed to present title by 1988. Spotters magazine.
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A quarterly spotters magazine published by the Spotting Group Volkel (SGV). SGV was founded in 1985 as an association under Dutch law for aircraft spotters, focusing on military aviation. SGV has become one of the largest aviation enthusiasts groups in the Netherlands with almost 400 members. SGV publishes a magazine, called AIM. It is published four times a year, and each issue has between 70 and 90 pages.
The magazine is in the Dutch language, and the editorial team tries to produce an article for each of the following sections: Volkel movements (Wat hebben we gemist in..) – Volkel movements of the last three months, Past times (Vervlogen Volkel tijden) – Volkel movements of the past, Aircraft recognition (Typeherkenning) – A detailed look at a specific aircraft type and all its versions, Airfield directions (Follow Me) – A detailed guide to the air bases in a specific country, Technology (Technische Dienst) – A look at the technology of military aviation, Badges and units (ID) – The badges and markings of a specific air arm, Funny stories (Spot er maar mee) – Some humorous and less humorous spotters’ stories, Trip reports (Globetrotters) – Extensive reports of spotting trips all over the world, SGV visits (Roadrunners) – Reports of group visits organised by Spotting Group Volkel, Various (Varia) – Articles of a highly varied nature.
Further information: Spotting Group Volkel, PO Box 77, 5408 ZH Volkel, The Netherlands. website: SGV
The Netherlands is located on the western edge of the North European Plain, at the delta of five major rivers. Forty per cent of the country is below sea level and another third is less than 1 m (3 ft) above sea level. The coastal area is protected by a network of dunes, dikes and canals to prevent flooding. The total land area is 33,920 sq km (13,097 sq miles).
The country is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. The population of 15.7 million (2000 figure) is 96% Dutch, with 1% Moroccan, 1% Turkish and 2% other ethnic groups. Approximately one third of the population is Roman Catholic, one third Protestant and one third other faiths. The capital city is Amsterdam, but the government operates from The Hague (‘s-Gravenhage).
Netherlands East Indies:
The Republic of Indonesia was formerly a Dutch colony. It gained formal independence in 1949, although some territories where handed over later. Historical details can be found on wikipedia.
The Netherlands Antilles comprise two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba. For more information, see wikipedia.
Suriname in South America was a Dutch colony until independence in 1975.
Text to be added on the development of aviation in the Netherlands.
Civil aircraft in the Netherlands and NEI used the registration sequence H-NAAA onwards 1919-1929. From 1929 the sequence PH-AAA onwards was used at home, PJ-AAA onwards in the Netherlands Antilles and PK-AAA onwards in the NEI. Gliders registrations use numbers instead of letters.
All-time Netherlands – civil aircraft register (H-Naa PH-aaa) [TO BE ADDED].
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Historical military air arms-
Army Aviation (Luchtvaart Afdeling – LVA) [1914-1940]
NEI Aviation (Aviation Department of the Dutch East Indies Army – ML-KNIL) [1914-1941]
Medical Aviation (ANWB Medical Air Assistance)
Police Aviation (Politie)
To be added
Magazines Guide for the Netherlands
Netherlands Aviation Bibliography – to be added
|55 BC||Region conquered by the Romans under Julius Caesar.|
|1st C. AD||Local Batavi and Frisian tribes become allies of Rome.|
|5th C. AD||Frankish tribes move into the southern Netherlands.|
|c.800 AD||Pagan Frisians converted to Christianity under the Frankish king Charlemagne.|
|9th C. AD||Start of major Viking raids on coastal areas.|
|10th C. AD||City states develop to counter Viking raids.|
|1384||Duke of Burgundy gains control of the region.|
|May 1477||Control of the region passes by marriage to the Hapsburg family, who rule the Holy Roman Empire from Austria.|
|1555||Hapsburg king passes control of the region to his son, the King of Spain.|
|1550s||Calvinist faith becomes popular in the Netherlands region.|
|1568||Revolt against Spanish Catholic rule breaks out in the Netherlands.|
|1574||Spanish forces driven out of the Low Countries.|
|1578||Spain begins recapture of southern provinces and re-establishes Catholicism.|
|1579||Union of Utrecht creates confederation of the northern provinces – ‘United Provinces’, while southern provinces become the Spanish Netherlands.|
|26 July 1581||United Provinces declare independence from Spain.|
|1594||Last Spanish garrisons driven out.|
|1595||First Dutch voyages to the Fare East.|
|1602||Dutch East India Company formed to exploit Netherlands East Indies (NEI).|
|1626||Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) founded.|
|1652||Settlement established on Cape of Good Hope (South Africa).|
|1648||Treaty of Westphalia – Spain formally recognises Dutch independence but retains southern provinces (modern Belgium).|
|1688||Dutch head of state, William III of Orange, becomes king of England.|
|April 1713||Treaty of Utrecht – Spanish Netherlands ceded to Austria.|
|1795||Revolutionary France invades and occupies Netherlands – Batavian Republic established.|
|1806||Kingdom of Holland established by Emperor Napoleon.|
|1810||Netherlands annexed by French Empire.|
|1813||Dutch forces expel the French occupiers.|
|1815||Congress of Vienna creates ‘United Kingdom of the Netherlands’ as buffer state against France.|
|1830||Catholic southern provinces of United Kingdom of the Netherlands secede to become Belgium.|
|1839||Luxembourg becomes independent from United Kingdom of the Netherlands – leaving just the Dutch provinces.|
|1848||New constitution with parliamentary accountability.|
|1914||Netherlands neutral in First World War.|
|September 1939||Netherlands declares neutrality in Second World War.|
|10 May 1940||Germany invades and occupies the Netherlands.|
|January 1942||Japan invades and occupies the NEI.|
|September 1944||First area of Netherlands liberated.|
|1944-1945||Bitter fighting blocks food supplies – Winter of Starvation.|
|8 May 1945||German occupying force formally surrenders.|
|1945||Founder member of United Nations.|
|July 1947||US aid under Marshall Plan begins to fund national reconstruction.|
|1948||Benelux Customs Union established with Belgium and Luxembourg.|
|1949||Most of NEI becomes independent Republic of Indonesia.|
|1949||Netherlands becomes founder member of NATO.|
|1957||Founder member of EEC.|
|1963||Dutch (western) New Guinea handed over to Indonesia.|
|25 November 1975||Suriname becomes fully independent.|
|1991||Dutch forces participate in the First Gulf War.|
|July 1995||Dutch peacekeepers in Bosnia fail to prevent Srebrenica Massacre.|
|March 1999||Dutch air units participate in Kosovo War.|
|January 2002||Netherlands introduces the euro as it’s currency.|
|October 2001||Netherlands supports NATO forces in the invasion of Afghanistan.|
|August 2006||Further Dutch forces arrive in Afghanistan to support ISAF mission.|
Neutral in First World War. Invaded by Germany 10 May 1940 and surrended 5 days later. Occupied until spring 1945. Winter of 1944 many die in food shortage – relieved by Allied food drops . 1947 sought to regain far eastern colony of Indonesia, but forced to cede independence in 1949. Founder member of NATO on 4 April 1949. Joined European Community in 1957? Granted independence to Surinam in 1975. Netherlands Antilles remain as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Participated in NATO Deny Flight/Determined Force operation 1995 and Deliberate Force operation in 1999.