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TV Valkenburg explores MUAC

Another MUAC video - a lot more recent, but in 'flat' limburgs this time, courtesy of TV Valkenburg (yes, apparently, there IS such a thing...) If anyone has a link to a subtitled version, let us know...

MUAC 1972

Very, very old video of the early days in MUAC - 1972. The commentary is in Dutch, but don't let that stop you. No building extensions, huge strip bays, suits and beards were fashionable. If you recognise anyone (yourself?) in the video, let us know...

Painting a B-747

Cool time-lapse video of a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 getting a new coat of paint...

Virgin Atlantic plane livery time-lapse movie from johnson banks on Vimeo.

Draft Minutes Annual General Meeting 2010

On monday 15th March 2010, the EGATS Annual General Meeting was held in Maastricht UAC. Attendance was, certainly compared to previous years, quite good. In a relaxed atmosphere, president Ive Van Weddingen opened the meeting which proceeded to discuss both Guild affairs as well as professional matters affecting the Eurocontrol staff.

You can read the draft minutes of the meeting here. If you have any comments, feel free to send them to the board using our contact sheet.

Time Flies for NWA Crew - Forget to Land!

A Northwest Airlines flight from San Diego, California, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, flew about 150 miles past their destination  before realising they had to land there... Air traffic controllers were desperately trying to call the aircraft and even after contact was re-established, considered the possibility that the aircraft had been hijacked. The instructed the plane to make a series of unnecessary maneuvers to convince them the pilots were in control of the flight. Fighters were also on standby to intercept. NWA released a statement, saying: "The crew [...] were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness".

Update: Apparently, the pilots were using their personal laptops while talking about "airline crew flight scheduling procedure."

Both pilots were suspended pending the investigation.

Summary Executive Board Meeting August 31st 2009

EGATS Internal

To save costs we decided to close an old mailbox, it wasn‘t used anymore and we are reachable with our address at MUAC.

New Roster

There was no RRT meeting since our last board meeting.

Medical checks if staff is AM

There were no checks recently. EGATS is monitoring the situation very closely.

CSS (Central Supervisory Suite)

EGATS was not involved again in the development, we were presented some ideas, which we didn‘t like very much: There is less supervisory staff needed in the future, so it will limit your career prospects. The board doubts a CSS can manage at sector level as efficiently as the sector supervisor now.

Summary Executive Board Meeting July 6th 2009

EGATS Internal

We are still busy with cleaning up our new office and decided to give a lot of stuff, like Polo-shirts with the old logo to Ilia‘s charity.

New Roster

The minutes for the last RRT meeting should be published very shortly. In the meantime the study to find the best split for the N-duty has started. It is on us (you!) to give our input and try to find an optimum solution. However it will still be a night shift and it will be tougher than day shifts.

BOSS

GPS in trouble

The world's GPS systems could start to fail next year, according to a report presented to US Congress. This could cause serious problems for aviation, emergency services and ordinary drivers, as well as the military.

The US Government Accountability Office (GOA) blames mismanagement and lack of investment and predicts a one in five chance that the number of satellites will drop below the required 24 for global coverage before 2012.

Read the full report here.

FAA NextGen: the trailer!

The USA - FAA equivalent of SESAR is NextGen. The FAA have made a promo video about what they hope to achieve over the next 10 years.

 

Airlines 'lost' 1 million bags in 2007

According to the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) report, airlines around the world 'mishandled' 42 million bags in 2007 and completely lost more than a million of them. Still according to the report, the problem was the worst it had been in recent years.

The policies of some airlines are highlighted in the report, clearly showing the red tape passengers have to deal with to try and get compensation for a delayed or lost bag.

Read the full story on the BBC website.