It is with great sadness that we learned of the death, which occurred on Wednesday 30 August, of our colleague Patrick ANSPACH, Belgian aeronautical journalist and member of Section 5 of our Academy.

He obtained his degree in journalism from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1977 and was deputy correspondent for Europe 1 from 1975 to 1979, then he worked as a correspondent for the Agence Centrale de Presse (ACP) from 1977 to 1987. These positions were privileged opportunities for him to develop his expertise and understanding of the aviation sector.

His professional career had been marked by growing responsibilities. From 1977 to 1992, he held the position of editor-in-chief of the Belgian aeronautical monthly “Aviastro”, a role that allowed him to actively contribute to the dissemination of quality information in the field. Then, over time, his expertise grew and diversified. From 1985, he took on the role of aviation columnist for the Belgian business daily “L’Écho”, giving him the opportunity to share his knowledge with a wider audience.

His presence in the audiovisual media was also significant as he had been an aeronautical specialist for renowned radio and television stations, including RTBF, Bel-RTL and RTL-TVi, thus helping to inform the public about major developments in the sector.

From 1989, he also assumed the role of aeronautical columnist within the monthly “Travel Express”, thus continuing his in-depth exploration of the issues and developments in the field of aeronautics.

A tribute will be paid to him at a future session.

Patrick Anspach

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