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Summary of Executive Board Meeting on 17th May 2011

Conditional Endorsement Project

After invitation Martin Schneider and Chris Jeeves joined us for a discussion about the project. Basically they want to give ATCOs under certain conditions a conditional license, which will enable them to work the combined sector (night configuration) ,even after giving up part of their rating. We had a lengthy discussion and were able to present some good arguments and worries against the project. They still want to push the project anyway, because they fear that when EASA gets involved, it will be much more difficult to get it approved. We will write a statement to make our arguments public, but if the regulator approves and the safety case is successful, it is almost impossible to stop it.

Multi sector planning

Fortunately this project seems to be dead. INREP: There was some reaction after our letter about just culture and there will be more on this subject in the summer output.

New probe

The board has some worries that the new function will lead to the ATCOs loosing their skills. However it is still a nice tool, that could have a positive influence on our safety. As well we will contact SMART to do a questionnaire to further improve the function.

ERM

Frederic and Alessandro will represent EGATS at the ERM in Dubrovnik.

TRM ops safety survey

We found the survey very complicated and incomprehensible and will write a statement.

RRT

The next RRT meeting is scheduled for 19.07.11. Please contact Michael if you have any issues that should be dealt with.

Breakfast

So far, by an effort by a handful of volunteers and the board-members we managed to buy the condiments for each weekend so far. But if we don’t find more volunteers it is only a question of time until we will have no breakfast again on some weekends. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact us. We will discuss it at our next board meeting which is planned for 11.08.11.

Your EGATS EB