On this page you will find a selection of my work for Brazilian armed forces and about military events in Brazil.

Please feel free to download some PDF copies of my published work for non-commercial purposes.

If you work in the Brazilian armed forces and you would like to hear about me from someone you may know, I have personally met and worked closely with the following persons who are well aware of the work I do:

H. Leite (FAB), M. Lemos (AFA), J. Pimentel (Esquadrilha da Fumaça).
(ranks are withheld because they change over time, first names for privacy reasons)

Dirk Jan de Ridder

Toucan’s Nest, in Air Forces Monthly (February 2014)
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La Academia de la Força Aérea Brasileira, in Vortexx en Combat (January 2015)
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“Pirassununga is the Brazilian Air Force’s busiest airbase and very likely that of whole South America, with 200 takeoffs and landings every day. Only four international airports handle more flights in Brazil.”

From ‘Toucan’s Nest’, AirForces Monthly (February 2014)

“Every Brazilian Air Force pilot has been trained at Pirassununga, so they all have a special bond with the Air Force Academy. One instructor described the academy as the perfect place to make many friends and build a big network in the pilot community. Instructor pilots arriving at Pirassununga will work with some of their previous instructors or fellow cadets, and when they return to an operational squadron, they will be welcomed back by the students they once learned to fly.”

From ‘Toucan’s Nest’, AirForces Monthly (February 2014)

Toucan’s Nest
January 4, 2014
Every year thousands of candidates apply for admission to the Brazilian Air Force Academy, the most demanding officer formation course in Brazil. Read more
November 30, 2013
In November 2013, the seventh edition of Cruzex (Cruzeiro do Sul Exercise) took place over the northwest of Brazil. Read more