I graduated as aeronautical engineer from Delft University. For most of my working life I have been employed at the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) in Amsterdam, working on helicopter related topics. Activities range from flight performance to flying qualities, from helicopter pre-design to flight testing, from operational support to flight simulations, from flight safety to teaching drone operators, etc.My hobby started as an aircraft spotter. But that did not give me sufficient satisfaction. Once I had decided to go for helicopters, it was a small step to start building a civil rotorcraft registrations database. At first just for The Netherlands, then also for Belgium and Luxembourg, and the rest of Europe. Soon this evolved into a worldwide database.
... my database
The Rotorspot database contains worldwide registration data for civil (and to a lesser extent for military) rotorcraft. This includes information on registration, rotorcraft type, construction number, registration history, and final fate. There is no owner/user/operator information in the database and data are strictly used for non-commercial purposes. The database is continuously updated with information from various sources.Currently the database contains more than 163 920 civil rotorcraft registrations for more than 92 850 individual rotorcraft. Over the years the database has been growing with an average annual increase of about 5350 civil rotorcraft registrations and about 3000 individual rotorcraft.
... my website
The Rotorspot database and website are a private initiative and have no links with commercial organisations. Rotorspot.nl reserves the right not to accept any liability, nor to be responsible for the content of external links. All Rotorspot registration data can be used freely (with due credit to www.rotorspot.nl), but strictly for non-commercial applications. Note that all pictures are copyrighted by the respective photographers and therefore can not be used without permission from the copyright owner.
Data base and website maintenance: Jos Stevens
First release of Rotorspot website: Sept 1st, 1999
Official release of 'www.rotorspot.nl': July 1st, 2009