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

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

If you work in the Spanish 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:

M. Álvarez Arribas (BHELMA III), T. Azcona Lequerica (BHELMA VI), C. Martin Caminero (BHELMA III), F. Javier Sancho (FAMET), A. Quero Fernández de Tejada (BHELMA VI).
(first names are withheld for privacy reasons, ranks because they change over time)

Dirk Jan de Ridder

Island Hoppers, in FLYMAG (September 2016)
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In Erwartung des Tigers, in Rotorblatt (April 2013)
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UME für die Luftrettung, in Rotorblatt (April 2014)
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“This battalion has been involved with all of FAMET’s past international missions and at the same time it is set in a place where we don’t have many restrictions for flights around the base. As a reference unit on mountain flying, I think it is quite a good decision that the helicopter came here. The NH90 is more powerful than the Cougar and due to the restricted weather conditions that we have every now and then, it is a much more secure helicopter to fly than the Cougar.”

LtCol Magín Álvarez Arribas
about why the NH90 was based at Logroño

“BHELMA VI is not a very popular unit. If there is a post where the army needs someone and if no-one wants to go, someone has to go. This is a very nice place and a very nice unit. For people with families and children on the peninsula it is not an easy decision to move the whole family, but when they come, they don’t normally want to go back to the peninsula anymore.”

LtCol Alberto Quero Tomás Fernández
about being based on the island of Tenerife

Converting from Cougar to Cayman – BHELMA III
May 3, 2019
After years of delays and setbacks, the Spanish Army became the latest European operator of the NH90. Read more
Island Hoppers – BHELMA VI
October 27, 2016
While thousands of tourists celebrated their holiday on the beaches of Lanzarote, they saw formations of five Spanish Army helicopters fly over the island. Read more
Mountain flying experts – BHELMA III
October 7, 2014
Cougar pilots at BHELMA III of the Spanish Army have grown out to become the Spanish armed forces' most experienced mountain flying experts. Read more